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.
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.
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 jockey David Flores.