Juddmonte Spinster Tops Four Breeders’ Cup Challenge Races on Sunday

A field of 11 go to the gate in Sunday's Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland (Photo credit: Keeneland .com)

After we were treated to five Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” on Saturday including seeing reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan upset,  Sunday we have four more stakes with automatic staring berths up for grabs for racing’s two-day championship event.

There are four U.S. based Breeders’ Cup Challenge races on Sunday along with three from Longchamp. The filly Treve remained undefeated by winning the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) this morning, a “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1).

On Sunday at Keeneland a field of 12 two-year-olds will go to the gate in the $150,000 Bourbon (G3), with the winner earning an all-expenses paid trip to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).

The Todd Pletcher trained Bashart is the 5-2 morning line favorite. The son of War Front is coming off a win in the With Anticipation (G2) in gate to wire fashion at Saratoga in his last outing.

The following race is the $500,000 Juddmonte Spinster (G1) for fillies and mares going nine furlongs over the polytrack with the winner stamping a ticket to the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).

At Belmont Park the juveniles take center stage with a pair of graded stakes on turf. The $200,000 Pilgrim (G3) drew a field of nine colts and geldings, with the winner going to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) and a dozen will seek to earn a starting spot in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) in the $200,000 Miss Grillo (G3).

Trainer Chad Brown has the two major players in the Pilgrim with recent maiden winners Bobby’s Kitten (3-1) and Shadow Banking (5-2). Marvin’s Miracle (6-1) is the lone runner in the field that has placed in a stake, running third in the With Anticipation.

Brown has a good shot of sweeping the two stakes, as he sends out Granny Mc’s Kitten (3-1) and Testa Rossi (7-2) in the Miss Grillo.

Let’s head out to Keeneland for Sunday’s featured race of the day:


Keeneland Race 8 The Juddmonte Spinster G1 (Post time 4:49 ET)

6 Byrama   4-1

3 Sisterly Love   5-1

5 Emollient    7-2

10 Hard Not to Like   6-1

Analysis: Byrama took on the boys last out in the Pacific Classic (G1) over poly at Del Mar and was not a threat in a seventh place finish at 35-1. She is back in a better spot here and she is a Grade 1 winner over the fake stuff, taking the Vanity at Hollywood Park four back, her lone win on a synthetic surface in six trips although she has landed in the money in five of those trips. Her lone go here on poly was in the Madison (G1) at the spring meeting where she was beaten just a neck going seven furlongs. She fits here and the 4-1 morning line looks fair enough.

Sisterly Love was beaten just a neck last out in a tough beat in the Belle Mahne at Woodbine as the chalk. She took the field gate to wire two back to win the Ontario Matron (G3) and won the Trillium three back. She is at the top of her game right now but will need to move forward a length or two to get the job done here but is worth tossing in the mix if she goes off near her 5-1 morning line.

Emollient is taking on older for the first time today after tiring to finish eighth in the Garden City (G1) last out on turf at Belmont Park. She ran huge in her lone go on poly, taking the Ashland (G1) at the spring meeting in gate to wire fashion, drawing clear to win by nine lengths. She is a logical player here but likely is going to get bet down from her 7-2 morning line. She gets three pounds from her elders and is a Grade 1 winner on turf and poly.


WIN: #6 to win at 3-1 or better.

EX: 3,6 / 3,5,6,10

TRI: 3,6 / 3,5,6,10 / 3,5,6,10,11


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