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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: 2020 Brisnet Speed Rating Report

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TwinSpires Staff

November 1st, 2020

The $2 million Juvenile (G1) is the highlight of five Breeders’ Cup races on the Future Stars Friday program. Fifteen 2-year-olds, including an also-eligible, have been pre-entered.

The last five Juvenile winners have been named champion 2-year-old male, and the 1 1/16-mile race serves as a qualifier in the Road to the Kentucky Derby series, awarding the winner 20 points towards a berth in the 2021 Kentucky Derby on May 1.

Post positions will be drawn Monday, and let’s spotlight the last three Brisnet Speed ratings:

Calibrate77 87N/A
Camp Hope
88
 N/A
N/A
Classier
91
 N/A
N/A
Dreamer’s Disease
91
 62
84
Essential Quality
92
 84
N/A
Jackie’s Warrior
101
 96
97
Keepmeinmind
88
 76
N/A
King Fury
93
 76
79
Likeable
88
 80
N/A
Next
93
 85
74
Reinvestment Risk
94
 93
96
Rombauer
89
 76
72
Sittin On Go
90
 69
N/A
Smiley Sobotka
82
 74
N/A
Hot Rod Charlie
84
 73
75

Jackie’s Warrior is the only runner to earn a triple-digit Speed rating, generating a 101 figure for his smashing 5 1/2-length romp in the Oct. 10 Champagne (G1) at Belmont Park. The unbeaten three-time stakes hero will be a worthy favorite based upon numbers.

Reinvestment Risk, a non-threatening second to Jackie’s Warrior in his last two starts, owns the next-best Speed rating (94).

Other notables include Essential Quality, who received a 93 for winning the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland; and King Fury, who may wheel back on a 13-day rest after earning a 94 for taking the Street Sense S. at Churchill Downs.

Seven youngsters – Calibrate, Camp Hope, Hot Rod Charlie, Keepmeinmind, Likeable, Rombauer, and Smiley Sobotka – have failed to reach a 90 Speed rating in previous starts.

Classic winners

Here are the previous three Speed ratings for the last 10 Juvenile winners:

Storm the Court86 N/A89
Game Winner
97
 97
92
Good Magic
96
 92
N/A
Classic Empire
96
 N/A
94
Nyquist
96
 94
102
Texas Red
93
 87
76
New Year’s Day
87
 84
N/A
Shanghai Bobby
101
 99
103
Hansen
94
 94
N/A
Uncle Mo
102
 110
N/A

Only three of the last 10 Juvenile winners had earned a triple-digit Speed figure, none in the last four runnings.

Storm the Court, who posted a 45-1 wire-to-wire upset last year, and last-out maiden winner New Year’s Day (2013) are the only Juvenile winners without at least a 90 Speed rating to their credit.

Speed ratings remain a valuable handicapping tool for the Juvenile, but it’s important to keep them in perspective for young, developing horses.

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