By Jarrod Horak
The Breeders’ Cup Friday card is complete and Fierceness stole the show with a romping score in the BC Juvenile. Check out all of the Breeders’ Cup Friday 2023 results below.
Breeders’ Cup Friday Results
BC Juvenile Turf Sprint
The overseas runners surprisingly dominated this five furlong turf dash. Big Evs (IRE) was all over the pace from post 4. It was actually Crimson Advocate on the lead from the inside post. The latter was fractious at the gate and was sent out of there through a blazing opening quarter in 20.71. She had to work too hard to maintain the lead. Meanwhile, Big Evs was just cruising along in a pressing position and he edged clear and held off Valiant Force to win by a half-length. Starlust was 3rd and beaten favorite No Nay Mets (IRE) completed the superfecta. They sped five panels in 55.31.
BC Juvenile Fillies
Tamara was the heavy favorite and she hit the front right out of the gate under Mike Smith, but the 22.47 opening quarter left her with no late energy and she weakened in the lane. Just F Y I, a daughter of Justify, got a great ride from the outside post under Junior Alvarado. She stalked from 2nd, got clear, and held off inside stalker Jodie’s Pride to score by a neck. Candied had a slow beginning and rallied for the show from the inside post. Tamara weakened to 7th in a very disappointing effort. The final time was 1:44.58.
BC Juvenile Fillies Turf
Chad Brown struck again in the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf, and chalk up another winner for red-hot sire Justify. It was Hard to Justify working out a smart early-pressing trip from post 12 under Flavien Prat. She got in a real tussle in the stretch and was able to outfinish overseas shipper Porta Fortuna (IRE) to win by a half-length. Beaten favorite She Feels Pretty was another head back in 3rd and she was wide throughout and may have been best under John Velazquez. The final time was 1:34.42.
This was the most impressive performance of the day. Fierceness, a facile debut winner exiting a flop in the Grade 1 Champagne slop, bounced back in a big way for Todd Pletcher. The promising son of City of Light pressed General Partner, took over, and spurted away from Muth to win by a commanding 6 1/4 lengths under John Velazquez. Muth held off late running favorite Locked for the runner-up spot, and Timberlake and Prince of Monaco were next. The final time was a very good 1:41.90 and Mike Repole was the winning owner.
BC Juvenile Turf
Unquestionable (FR) was the only winning BC Friday favorite and he was clearly best at 3-2 odds for jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Aidan O’Brien. He was always in a good stalking spot and had plenty in the tank at the end in a length and a half tally. His stablemate Mountain Bear (IRE) got past pace presser My Boy Prince in the very late stages to secure the runner-up spot. The final time was 1:33.65.