Eoin Harty, who was hired by Sheikh Mohammed to train 2-year-olds in this country to try and win the Kentucky Derby (gr. I), may eventually accomplish that, but Saturday he showcased fillies, running one-two in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) with Tempera and Imperial Gesture.
Again, the speed faded as it had on the earlier races on the card. Also evident is the best path is not the rail. Shesastonecoldfox shot to the lead and was tracked by Take Charge Lady. Tempera rated off those two, as did longshot Imperial Gesture. Bella Bellucci was on the rail and made the lead as the field turned for home.
In deep stretch, Tempera and Imperial Gesture launched their strong runs and it was a Godolphin Stable one-two under the wire.
Bella Bellucci hung on for third while favored You ran fourth. You's effort ran trainer Bobby Frankel's Breeders' Cup record to 0-38. His Flute, who was favored in the Distaff (gr. I) ran seventh. Frankel said You returned to the barn with 102.3 temperature. "I couldn't figure out why she didn't run good," Frankel said. "But when you're sick, you don't run as good as you can. I still think she's as good as any 2-year-old in the country."
The time of the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:41.49 after fractions of :23.50, :46.89, :1:10.96, and 1:35.34.
Tempera paid $25.80, $11.80 and $7.50 while her stablemate returned $41.80 and $14.80. Bella Bellucci paid $5.80. The exacta paid $768 and the trifecta $3,623.
"I never imagined running first and second in this race," winning trainer Eoin Harty said. "I cannot claim credit. I have to give credit to my help. They all worked hard getting them here. (Jockey) David (Flores) has worked with her ever since Del Mar and he has made a big difference."
Tempera was bred in Kentucky by Sheikh Mohammed's Darley Stud. She is by A.P. Indy and out of the Mr. Prospector mare Colour Chart.
It was the first Breeders' Cup win for Harty and Flores.Juvenile Fillies Chart, From EquibaseBreeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies notes from the Breeders' Cup site