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Good Magic 10 BREEDERS' CUP #BC18 FRIDAY'S THE DAY FOR RACING'S FUTURE STARS Two-year-olds rule the roost on Future Stars Friday. By Bill Doolittle ◊ You imagine them prancing out onto the track. Gleaming in the fall sunshine, soaking in the limelight. Digging the daylights out of it all. Two-year-old thoroughbreds, the sprightly colts and fillies of the equine world. e beginners, who've mostly beaten every horse they've ever seen — in the few races they've ever had. Not walking stately, or purposefully, as proven champions of the turf. Not aristocrats. Not older stars, who know their business, know their foes and know they need to gather their focus for the next challenge. Nope, these are the young buckaroos and buckettes of the racing world. Life's "Future Stars Friday," on Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs. It's a special day fea- turing five races carrying purses of one and two million dollars, each strictly for two-year-old thoroughbreds — all on Friday, the first day of the two-day World Championships. Many hail from the United States, with plen- ty, too, flying in from racing venues around the world, as the Breeders' Cup continues to go global. is is the first year of the new format. Previously, the two-year-old races had been sprinkled through the two Breeders' Cup cards of Friday and Saturday. Now, all the two-year-old races are carded on Future Stars Friday. On Saturday, Nov. 3, nine World Championships are programmed for the mature stars of the sport, three- year-olds and up. "Old Timers Day," as the cheeky twos might say. is year the new format unfolds at Churchill Downs. Next season, as the Breeders' Cup travels to Santa Anita Park, many of the 2018 Future Stars could be running in the Saturday races — with a new crop of babies . . . I mean younger stars, debuting on that fall Friday in another Future Stars episode. It's a neat way to renew the Breeders' Cup cycle. a lark, and here I am stepping out for a $1 million Breeders' Cup race. Or is it $2 million? I forget. Just babies, some folks call two year olds — the youngest horses in the barn, in the first year a thoroughbred can race. But one doubts a two-year- old — especially a fast one —thinks of itself as a "baby." Ask one out on the track that's clicking off quarters in 23 and change, and it'd be like asking a teenager that just got their drivers license if they're still a child. "Heck, no, buddy. I'm a real race- horse." And in reality they are. Already racing — and winning! Coming out on the track at Churchill Downs, thinking, "ere's not a horse on the planet that can beat me." More than 60 young colts and fillies will earn their way into the starting gates for what Breeders' Cup is calling Jockey Jose Ortiz rallies Good Magic to victory in the 2017 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Del Mar.

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