By Jarrod Horak
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was first run in 2008 at Santa Anita Park, and the 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Friday, Nov. 3. They will be traveling one mile on the turf course.
Recent BC Juvenile Fillies Turf Results
Last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Meditate (IRE) rallied from 10th place to win this race by 2 1/2 lengths as the favorite for Ryan Moore and Aidan O’Brien. Miss Grillo (G2) winner Pleasant Passage was second best and Woodbine shipper Cairo Consort picked up the show at 19-1.
2021 Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Pizza Bianca was exiting a runner-up finish in the Natalma (G1) at Woodbine. Jessamine (G2) winner Aunt Pearl won this event at Keeneland in 2020 for Brad Cox and Florent Geroux. Sharing took this event in 2019 for Graham Motion, and she prepped by winning the Selima at Laurel.
The Santa Anita Years
This race has been run seven times at Santa Anita. Chad Brown saddled the winner three times and each captured the Miss Grillo in their final BC prep. The 2023 Miss Grillo will be contested at Aqueduct on Oct. 4, and Chad Brown entered a pair (Hard to Justify, Steel Lute).
The chart below shows all 7 winners of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, and it includes winning riders, trainers, post positions, running styles, win payoffs, and final preps.
Chad Brown Miss Grillo Angle
Chad Brown has had tremendous success in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Maram (2008), Lady Eli (2014), New Money Honey (2016), and Newspaperofrecord (2018) pulled off the Miss Grillo/BC Juvenile Fillies Turf double for Brown, who also saddled Rushing Fall to victory in this race in 2017 at Del Mar. The latter did not prep in the Miss Grillo. She exited a win in the Jessamine at Keeneland.
Jockeys to Watch
Three riders have won this race twice (Javier Castellano, Florent Geroux, Irad Ortiz Jr).
Europe vs. Canada and USA
Horses exiting a prep in this country captured this race 9 times. Three overseas runners scored including Meditate (IRE) last year, and Woodbine shippers tallied three times.
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