LOUISVILLE, KY – Klaravich Stables’ Newspaperofrecord bolted to the front from the onset and sent her 13 foes to the funny pages after scoring an ultra-impressive romp in Friday’s Grade 1, $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Churchill Downs.
Breaking from post 6 as the prohibitive 3/5 favorite under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Newspaperofrecord propelled herself to a multiple-length lead while running a few lanes off of the inner hedge. Posting unpressured fractions of :24.06, :48.58, and 1:13.75, Newspaperofrecord continued to run comfortably while La Pelosa and Concrete Rose made failed attempts to move towards the front. Halfway through the far turn, Ortiz, Jr., peeked back to view his competition before letting Newspaperofrecord loose. Set down under a steady hand ride for the stretch run home, the Chad Brown trainee was geared down inside the 1/16 pole before crossing with a 6 3/4-length advantage in a final time of 1:39.00 for the mile-long event over the good turf course.
“I got a perfect trip,” said Ortiz, Jr. “She broke good and pulled me to the lead. I just held her together and she relaxed. When I asked her, she exploded for home. It was the easiest Breeders’ Cup I ever won.”
After running in the rear for much of the race, East made a strong bid in the stretch and, while not strong enough to catch the runaway winner, was able to neck out Stellar Agent for second at the wire. Just Wonderful was a 1/2-length past Varenka, who in turn was a head past The Mackem Bullet for fifth. Belle Laura took seventh, while Concrete Rose nosed out My Gal Betty for eighth. La Pelosa faded to 10th by a head over Pakhet, while Lily’s Candle headed Summering for 12th. Lady Prancealot completed the order of finish.
Pivottina and Winning Envelope were scratched as Also Eligibles.
Newspaperofrecord’s win was her third in as many career starts, including a similarly-romping score last out in the Grade 2 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park. The Irish-bred daughter of Lope de Vega, purchased for $278,019 last October, has now earned $706,750.
“This time, this one might be close to coming over (to Europe),” Brown said. “We’ll see. I give credit to (bloodstock agent) Mike Ryan. He’s my partner going over to look at these horses and he found her in Newmarket. My whole team; everyone put a lot of time into this horse and Irad rode a beautiful race.”
Newspaperofrecord returned $3.20 to win, $2.60 to place, and $2.40 to show. East brought back $8.20 to place and $6 to show, while Stellar Agent paid $21 to show.