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#BC18 BREEDERSCUP.COM 11 ◊ e Juvenile Turf Sprint is a newcomer on the block, with an inaugural running this fall. e race is a 5½ furlong dash on the grass that starts on the backstretch of Churchill Downs' Matt Winn Turf Course — down the backstretch, around a turn and fly to the wire. A short-distance sprint, it is open to fillies, as well as colts and geldings. It also adds another turf race to the Breeders' Cup menu, which gives stables based in countries that race primarily on grass an additional opportunity. And maybe juices the U.S. breeders to develop more turf-racing bloodlines. e other four Future Stars races have long and glorious histories, filled with stirring racing performances and introducing a next generation of stars. Beholder, who won the Juvenile Fillies in 2012, and Stephanie's Kitten, winner of the Turf in 2011, are prime examples of Juvenile champions who returned to win Breeders' Cup championships in succeeding years. e racing partnership of Mr. and Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, the longtime partners associated with Ireland's Coolmore jug- gernaut, have won four of 11 runnings of the Juvenile Turf, for colts. Other owners of winners include Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan, who campaigned Donativum in 2008, and Lady Serena Rothschild, whose Pounced did just that on opponents in 2009. One of the most followed of all Breeders' Cup events has been the Juvenile, run on dirt, which is carefully combed by fans looking for possible contenders for the following spring's Kentucky Derby. Only it hasn't worked that way very often. Just two Juvenile winners, Street Sense and Nyquist, have returned to take the Derby the following year. Alysheba ran third behind Capote in 1986 Juvenile, but came on to win the Run for the Roses in 1987. at fall Alysheba was second by a nose to another Derby winner, Ferdinand, in the Breeders' Cup Classic. And in 1988 at Churchill Downs Alysheba won the Classic in the final race of his career — becoming the then-leading money winning horse of all time. A Future Star who indeed found fame in the future. Last year eight starters from the Juvenile and Juvenile Turf — including both winners, Good Magic and Men- delssohn — earned their way into the Kentucky Derby. Good Magic had to settle for second, behind Triple Crown winner Justify. Many who were there still marvel at Arazi's performance in winning the 1991 Juvenile at Churchill Downs. e little red horse from France was stationed far back in the early going THE FUTURE STARS FRIDAY "JUVENILE" STAKES, WITH DISTANCE, SURFACE AND PURSE Juvenile Turf Sprint 5 ½ furlongs Turf 2-year-olds $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf 1 mile Turf 2-year-old fillies $1 million Tito's Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies 1 ¹⁄ 16 miles 2-year-old fillies $2 million Juvenile Turf 1 mile Turf 2-year-old colts $1 million Sentient Jet Juvenile 1 ¹⁄ 16 miles 2-year-old colts $2 million but launched an electrifying drive under jockey Pat Valenzuela in which he passed rivals on the inside and outside — weaving his way past horses like they were tied to a post. When he reached leader Bertrando, who up to then had looked to be an easy winner, Arazi was going so fast past the leader he almost blew the turn. "And he runs right by him!" exclaimed former NBC race caller Tom Durkin. en there's trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who has won a record 20 Breeders' Cup races, including 12 for two-year-olds. Seven of those were juvenile fillies. And several came in races in which Lukas had multiple starters, as he dominated two-year-old racing in the United States. Lukas started five fillies in 1988 and won with Open Mind, who returned to win the Kentucky Oaks the following season. One of his filly winners, Flan- ders, paid just $2.80 to win in 1994 at Churchill Downs. But Cash Run came in at $67 at Gulfstream Park in 1999. And, just when you thought it was safe to . . . Lukas struck again in 2014 with Take Charge Brandi — at $125.40. Look out! In some corners, the two year olds hold special meaning, not just as future stars, but first stars twinkling. Seems like just yesterday they were foals at the side of their dams, skittering around a pasture. Now, they're racing stars. And if you like the image of two-year- olds prancing to the post, you might imagine a little colt talk as they load into the starting gate on Future Stars Friday: "Hey, isn't this great?" "Yeah — now eat my dust." Mendelssohn winning the 2017 Juvenile Turf Breeders' Cup Photos ©

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