Cash Included, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) at Santa Anita Park in her first start around two turns, is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $2-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Cash Included, owned by J. Paul Reddam, is one of 14 juvenile fillies entered in the 1 1/16-mile event. The Juvenile Fillies is the first of eight World Championships races worth a total of $20 million.
Morning-line oddsmaker Mike Battaglia said the post-position draw helped determine the odds. Favoritism, he said, was between Cash Included and Dreaming of Anna, three-for-three and a winner against colts in a restricted turf stakes in Ontario, Canada. Dreaming of Anna drew post one and was listed as the 4-1 second choice; Cash Included drew post three.
Dreaming of Anna, owned by Frank Calabrese and trained by Wayne Catalano, will be ridden by Rene Douglas. Catalano said the Rahy
filly has the potential to be the best horse he has ever trained; Dreaming of Anna will make her first start around two turns in the Juvenile Fillies.
Cash Included (by Include
), to be ridden by Corey Nakatani for trainer Craig Dollase, is one of two grade I stakes winners in the field. The other is Sutra (by Meadowlake
, who won the Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park.
Some handicappers have questioned the quality of the Frizette, won in slow time, and even the Breeders' Cup selection panel made Frizette third-place finisher Lilly Carson (by Carson City) an alternate when pre-entries were announced. James Spence's Lilly Carson has since gotten into the Juvenile Fillies, while Sutra, only a nose away from a perfect three-for-three record, will make her first start around two turns in the Juvenile Fillies.
Sutra, owned by Oak Crest Farm and trained by Mike Stidham, is 20-1, and Lilly Carson, trained by Ralph Nicks, is 30-1 in the morning line. Mike Luzzi rides Sutra, while Cornelio Velasquez has the mount on Lilly Carson.
One of the more impressive prep winners, Bel Air Beauty, is based at Churchill with trainer Frank Brothers. Bel Air Beauty won the grade II Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in her second career start; her first effort produced a close second-place finish after a troubled trip at Turfway Park. Bel Air Beauty (by Smart Strike
) has made both her starts on the synthetic Polytrack surface.
"We're battling some odds because she has had only two races, but she has been doing very well and we like the post position," owner Bruce Lunsford said of Bel Air Beauty. "It should be a competitive race. Given where we are and how she's coming into the race, I wouldn't trade with anyone."
Bel Air Beauty, to be ridden again by Fernando Jara, was installed as the fourth choice at 8-1 in the morning line. Lunsford noted the filly acts like she'll have no problem with the dirt in her first race on it.
Octave, the third choice at 6-1, won the Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) and just missed in the grade I Matron Stakes. Owned by Starlight Stable and Don Lucarelli and trained by Todd Pletcher, will be ridden by Garrett Gomez for the third consecutive time.$2 Million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I, Race 3, 12:30 p.m.), 2-Year-Old Fillies, 1 1/16 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey
1. Dreaming of Anna (KY), Rene R. Douglas
2. Sutra (KY), Michael J. Luzzi
3. Cash Included (KY), Corey S. Nakatani
4. Octave (KY), Garrett K. Gomez
5. She's Included (KY), Victor Espinoza
6. Bel Air Beauty (KY), Fernando Jara
7. Cotton Blossom (KY), John R. Velazquez
8. Lilly Carson (KY), Cornelio H. Velasquez
9. Adhrhythm (FL), Edgar S. Prado
10. Her Majesty (KY), Julien R. Leparoux
11. Satulagi (KY), John F. Egan
12. Appealing Zophie (FL), Shaun Bridgmohan
13. Quick Little Miss (KY), Jon K. Court
14. Gatorize (KY), Mark GuidryEach assigned 119 pounds.