Breeders' Cup Future Stars Friday Recap

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D.S. Williamson

November 9th, 2018

It's been a week since the best horses in the world descended upon Churchill Downs for the 2018 Breeders' Cup. On Friday, Nov. 2, the top juvenile runners battle it out for some of the biggest purses they'll ever run for. Check out a recap of what happened on Future Stars Friday at the 2018 Breeders' Cup.

Breeders' Cup Future Stars Friday Recap

Top Performance - Jaywalk, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies

No performance on Future Stars Friday was as impressive as Jaywalk winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. She ran the first-quarter mile in :23.26. She got the half in :46.76. With talented runners like race favorite Bellafina and second choice Serengeti Empress on her heels, Jaywalk not only ran fast fractions early, but pulled away for an easy victory.

Trainer John Service has saddled big time filly runners before. The daughter of Cross Traffic might be his next champion filly. She runs like one of those pressing, take the lead types, think Beholder or Songbird, who just buries her opponents.

The Wise Guys Had It Right Play - Line of Duty, Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

Line of Duty opened as a 10/1 dog. By the time they left the gate in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, his odds had plummeted to 7/2. He made a nice run in the middle of the stretch, exploding to go right past his rivals. On paper, Line of Duty didn't look any better than 3 or 4 others in the BC Juvenile Turf. They don't run them on paper, though.

One thing to note about the race is that a long inquiry left trainer Charles Appleby wondering if Line of Duty had actually won the race. The stewards sided with Appleby, Line of Duty, and Godolphin. I didn't see anything that told me they should have taken him down. So, I think it was the right call.

Star Performance - Game Winner, Breeders' Cup Juvenile

The Bob Baffert trainee worked hard to get past longshot Knicks Go and win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. Even though he had to work hard, he got the job done. Game Winner kept his unblemished record intact. What horseplayers must pay attention to is how he seemed to get on track late in the race after falling further behind than he has in any of his other races.

The fact he's a 2-year-old means it's not that big of a deal. In fact, because he's not mentally where he must to win a race like the Kentucky Derby Baffert and his connections should be elated. It's rare to find an undefeated 2-year-old who wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile with upside. That's what Game Winner is:  a champion 2-year-old who should improve as a 3-year-old.

Too early to bet on Game Winner to win the Kentucky Derby? Maybe not. It's going to take a special horse to beat him on the First Saturday in May.