There is no question that You has proven the most so far among the nine entries in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I). But the beauty of handicapping 2-year-old races is that some young horses improve by leaps and bounds in a matter of a few weeks, while others who matured may already have reached their best form.Juvenile Fillies Weekly Report--10/9/2001
Two new shooters have entered the picture for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I), and neither came out of the Frizette Stakes (gr. I), the division's big race during the Oct. 6-7 weekend.Juvenile Fillies Weekly Report--10/2/2001
Barry Irwin, the head of Team Valor, co-owner with Heiligbrodt Racing of Cashier's Dream, has already indicated the Oct. 6 Frizette Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park is his filly's Breeders' Cup. In other words, the Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Service Stripe will be going all-out to win the 1 1/16-mile event as if the 2-year-old filly championship is on the line.
Juvenile Fillies Weekly Report--9/25/2001
The Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. I) on Sept. 30 was expected to be a rematch of Del Mar's Debutante Stakes (gr. I), a race won by Habibti, with Who Loves Aleyna second and Tempera third. But it looks as though Habibti will be the only one of those three contesting the one-mile Oak Leaf.Juvenile Fillies Weekly Report--9/21/2001
With several key prep races remaining and favoritism easily swayed by one good or bad performance, it's too early to say with any confidence who the Juvenile Fillies favorite will be. However, if the race were being run today, the betting choice might be the lightly raced Tabasco Cat filly Habibti, who was impressive breaking her maiden for trainer Bob Baffert at Del Mar in July, and who then came back to win the grade I Del Mar Debutante over seven furlongs.