Rafael Bejarano

Rafael Bejarano

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Bejarano on My Gi Gi in Juvy Fillies Turf

Likely longshot was bought privately earlier this season.

Trainer Brian Koriner has secured Rafael Bejarano to ride My Gi Gi in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IIT).

My Gi Gi is first on the list of also-eligibles to the race, having not made the initial cut of 14 when 22 fillies pre-entered. However, several are cross-entered in the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and My Gi Gi is expected to get into the race.

“She’s going to work Saturday and ship to Louisville on Tuesday,” Koriner said from Santa Anita the morning of Oct. 28. “She’ll be a big price, but she was fourth in the Oak Leaf (gr. I) and we think she’s better on the grass.”

The daughter of E Dubai—Relish the Thought, by Sadler’s Wells, made her first two starts on the turf at Louisiana Downs, winning a maiden race and running second by a head in the Happy Ticket Stakes. After those two races, Greg Unruh’s Unity Holding and Wade Jacobsen bought into her privately. They now own her in partnership with Richard Lynn.

“She ran a big sheet number in that first race,” said Koriner, who took over My Gi Gi’s training after the purchase. “The owners are excited about going to the Breeders’ Cup, and we think she has a legitimate shot in a big race.”

My Gi Gi is one of only two California-based horses entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, which has attracted several good runners from Europe and the East. Trainer Ben Cecil has Self Preservation for owner Paul Reddam. That daughter of Lion Heart—Saintly Speaking, by Dahar, started twice in Ireland before Cecil took over her training in California, where she finished second in the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) and fifth in the Oak Leaf. Self Preservation has first preference in the Juvenile Fillies.

The Europeans include John Gosden-trained Elusive Kate, winner of the Oct. 2 Prix Marcel Boussac-Criterium de Pouliches (Fr-I) at Longchamp in her last start. The Eastern-based fillies are headed by undefeated Somali Lemonade, who won the Oct. 13 JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Keeneland. Somali Lemonade on Oct. 28 worked four furlongs at Keeneland in :47 for trainer Michael Matz.