The closer it gets to Friday's first Breeders' Cup Championship Series races, the more clarity there is about the dynamics of each race. This is abundantly clear when it comes to one of the premier races, the Juvenile Fillies, where things have boiled down to a duel between three of the seven outstanding two-year-old racers.
The morning line favorite is the highly touted PRINCESS NOOR, who remains undefeated with three wins in three starts. Trained by Bob Baffert, who is having the sort of year that justifies his Hall of Fame status, and ridden by the masterful Victor Espinoza, it's easy to see why PRINCESS NOOR is an early 9-5 favorite.
PRINCESS NOOR would likely have even more prohibitively favorable odds if it weren't for SIMPLY RAVISHING. This filly, prepped by trainer Kenneth McPeek with the outstanding Luis Saez in the irons, is 5-2 in the early wagering. SIMPLY RAVISHING is likewise undefeated with three wins in three trips to the gate. Here winnings mirror those of PRINCESS NOOR and her last win was the GI Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland.
Also toting 5-2 morning line odds is DAYOUTOFTHEOFFICE, brought into line by trainer Timothy Hamm and jockeyed by the formidable Junior Alvarado. This filly has a record of—wait for it—three wins in three starts. While her total purse doesn't match up to the first two combatants, her last victory was also an October GI win, the Frizette Stakes at Belmont.
It goes without saying that no horse qualifies for a Breeders' Cup race without having real creds. That being the case, it's extremely important to keep an eye on the four other horses in the Juvenile Fillies who may be feeling a little neglected. Any of these could sweep to victory in this lengthy, strategically driven 1-1/16 miles duel.
GIRL DADDY carries 6-1 odds. She is trained by Dale Romans with Joseph Talamo in the irons. At 8-1 is VEQUIST, ridden by Joel Rosario and prepped by Robert Reid, Jr.
CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, at 20-1, is also trained by Kenneth McPeek, SIMPLY RAVISHING's trainer with Brian Hernandez, Jr., in the irons. In a 9-furlong race like the Filly Juvenile, having two horses in one race gives trainers lots of potential options. The other 20-1 long shot is THOUGHTFULLY, ridden by Ricardo Santana, Jr. This horse is also worth watching if for no other reason than that she is trained by brilliant Steve Asmussen. When the gate pops Friday at 3:50 Eastern time, one of these outstanding equine talents will emerge as the best two-year-old filly in Thoroughbred racing.
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