Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Guide 2022

Louis Moir | @LouisMoir99

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
1(1)
Ryan Moore

Victoria Road

J: Ryan Moore
T: A P O'Brien
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 48

Won his last start collecting the prize at Chantilly in a Group 3 Stakes and seems to be on a roll now going for another win which would make it 4-4.

Has proved his versatility when it comes to running over different distances so the mile will certainly be perfect for him.

A horse in tremendous form who will be sure to be in the mix and may be able to get the better of the short priced favourite Silver Knott.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
11/11/23FLE8Gd9-27
28/10/23MOO10Gd8-139
09/09/23LEO8Gd9-53
15/08/23DEA10GS9-27
04/11/22KEE8Fm8-101
Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
6(6)
Joel Rosario

Andthewinneris

J: Joel Rosario
T: Wayne Catalano
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 26

This colt seemed to show a real tough attitude when winning with a game effort on his last start.

He loves this track and when a horse performs well at a certain course they cannot be ruled out so he is sure to run well.

Top jockey Joel Rosario gets the leg up so that further enhances this horses credentials here.

Big chance.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
11(11)
Tyler Gaffalione

Reckoning Force

J: Tyler Gaffalione
T: Brendan P Walsh
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 26

In the colours of Qatar Racing, this 2 year old colt is one of the outsiders and for a good reason too.

Went off as the 7/2 favourite at this circuit on last start, but really disappointed finishing seventh of 12 other rivals.

Unlikely to feature here.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
4(4)
William Buick

Silver Knott

J: William Buick
T: Charlie Appleby
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 27

Jockey and trainer won this race last year with Modern Games so the favourite here has to be highly respected for team Godolphin who will be looking to achieve big things again in this year’s Breeders Cup.

This 2 year old grandson of Nathaniel was stepped up to a mile for the first time on last run and that was not an issue as he won the Group 3 Autumn Stakes at Newmarket beating Epictetus by a neck.

Proved he can stay the extra distance and that win last time out 27 days ago may have been the perfect prep run for this son of Lope De Vega.

The worthy favourite.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
04/11/23SNA9Fm8-122
12/08/23CLN8Fm8-73
08/07/23BLM10Fm8-105
03/06/23BLM9Fm8-83
06/05/23NMK8Sft9-211
Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
3(3)
Francisco Arrieta

Curly Larry And Mo

J: Francisco Arrieta
T: Caio Caramori
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 20

This 2 year old colt is the massive priced outsider so it would be some shock to see him win.

Broke his maiden in a very weak looking race at Keeneland a few weeks ago and has it all to do here stepped up levels in Class.

Jockey Francisco Arrieta only has a 12% strike rate in the past 14 days as well so that is a negative.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
13(13)
Irad Ortiz Jr

Major Dude

J: Irad Ortiz Jr
T: Todd Pletcher
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 33

Won the prize last time out at Belmont beating fellow rival I’m Very Busy by a length on that occasion and handled the late challenge well as he stuck his out to win in the end.

Irad Ortiz Jr is a jockey who always seems to do well in these races so may be able to threaten rivals here at a double digit price.

Looks to be an each-way player at the very least, but will have to run to his best for the second time.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
7(7)
Luis Saez

Really Good

J: Luis Saez
T: Michael J Maker
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 26

Trainer Michael J Maker’s second runner in this and another who has a tough assignment on the cards.

Has notched up two third placed finishes and ran over this course last time out finishing behind the winner who he faces again here in Andthewinneris.

Will find it a challenge to reverse form and threaten other rivals so one to ignore at a bigger price.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
10(10)
John R Velazquez

Webslinger

J: John R Velazquez
T: Mark Casse
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 48

Broke his maiden tag on third career start when winning at Monmouth Park last time out. After that success he may be expected to run a big race here, but it will not be easy that is for sure.

Had race experience in him before that win so will have to come on plenty for all three runs so far as he will need to improve to have a chance of winning this Grade 1 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
02/12/23DMA9Fm8-102
04/11/23SNA9Fm8-123
05/08/23SAR9.5Y8-102
08/07/23BLM10Fm8-104
03/06/23CHU9Fm8-81
Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
2(2)
Mike E Smith

Packs A Wahlop

J: Mike E Smith
T: Jeff Mullins
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 25

A winner last time out at Santa Anita Park and one who races well over this trip. Yet another who seems to be in cracking form and will be interesting to see whether or not he can put in a bold bid to make it 4-4.

Has really strong claims for trainer Jeff Mullins.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
01/10/23SNA6.5Gd8-89
03/09/23DMA5Fm8-510
08/01/23SNA8Fs8-124
04/11/22KEE8Fm8-108
10/10/22SNA8Fm8-121
Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
5(5)
Jose Lezcano

Battle Of Normandy

J: Jose Lezcano
T: Claude R McGaughey III
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 33

Won on debut but has failed to back that up on next two runs, especially when finishing seventh of 11 other rivals over 1m1f last time out.

A couple of his rivals that beat him on that occasion both look to have better chances here.Will be hard to reverse any form with the pair of those let alone be in the mix to win the race.

Hard ask and one that can be easily dismissed.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
12(12)
Rafael Bejarano

Mo Stash

J: Rafael Bejarano
T: Victoria H Oliver
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 26

Finished second on last start over 6f at this course 26 days ago and is now stepped up in trip to a mile.

Not sure what to expect as he will be unexposed, but will have to show a lot more if he wants to have a chance of being what would be a surprise winner of this race.

Hard to make any real case for him based on form and previous races he has run in.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
8(8)
Flavien Prat

I'm Very Busy

J: Flavien Prat
T: Chad C Brown
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 33

He has placed on both starts including a win first time out so in terms of preparation for this big race things could not have really gone any better.

He has done well so far and could have plenty left to show for that second last time out. May be able to reverse the form with fellow rival Major Dude so has to be one to note.

DateCourseDistanceTypeWeightPosition
18/11/23AQU9Fm8-62
04/10/23BBA8Fm8-81
02/09/23SAR8Fm8-83
22/07/23SAR8.5Gd8-104
04/11/22KEE8Fm8-1010
Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
14(14)
Juan J Hernandez

Gaslight Dancer

J: Juan J Hernandez
T: Michael J Maker
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 26

One of two for trainer Michael J Maker in this year’s renewal of the 2022 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.

Did a top job when winning by 5 lengths back at Kentucky Downs and has managed to place in one of two starts in preparation for this big race.

Could run a big race, but certainly a tough ask for him.

Keeneland - November 04 2022
Keeneland 21:40
9(9)
Manuel Franco

Nagirroc

J: Manuel Franco
T: H Graham Motion
N/A
Age: 2
Weight: 8-10
OR: N/A
Days: 26

Opened his account with a win at Belmont in a Flat Maiden Special Weight level race before making it 2-2 beating fellow rival Gaslight Dancer.

Showing signs of progression and one at a big price who can give others something to think about.On for the hat-trick so cannot be ruled out whatsoever.