Race Profile: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Oscar Performance

Oscar Performance, shown winning this year’s Belmont Derby, won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (photo via Annette Jasko/NYRA).

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 (3:50 PM PDT)
Purse: $1,000,000
Distance (surface): 1 mile (turf)
Race ESR: -3 (moderate/soft)
Race LSR: -1 (excellent/good)

Winner’s Profile

Days Since Last Race: 32.8
Last-Race Odds: 8.3-1
Median BSF: 84.0
Median ESR: +1
Median LSR: 0

Running Style: M/F

Foreign shippers have been victorious in seven of the 10 editions of the Juvenile Turf.

Qualifiers (as of Oct. 31): BECKFORD, JAMES GARFIELD, MENDELSSOHN, RAJASINGHE, SEAHENGE, SIOUX NATION, THREEANDFOURPENCE, TIP TWO WIN and U S NAVY FLAG.

Every winner of the Juvenile Turf has had a Brisnet Turf Pedigree rating of 110 or greater. Colts and geldings with a rating of less than 110 are 0-for-52 and have finished in the exacta just three times.

Qualifiers (as of Oct. 31): FLAMEAWAY, HEMP HEMP HURRAY, MENDELSSOHN and MY BOY JACK.

Six of 34 horses that prepped in a sprint (less than a mile) have won the Juvenile turf, producing an ROI of 25.6 percent.

Qualifiers (as of Oct. 31): BECKFORD, JAMES GARFIELD, MENDELSSOHN, RAJASINGHE, SEAHENGE, SIOUX NATION, SNAPPER SINCLAIR, THREEANDFOURPENCE, TIP TWO WIN and U S NAVY FLAG.

Horses with three career starts or less are just 3-for-70 in the Juvenile Turf.

Qualifiers (as of Oct. 31): ARCHAGGELOS, CATHOLIC BOY, COUNT ALEXANDER, HEMP HEMP HURRAY, SNAPPER SINCLAIR, TAP DADDY, THREEANDFOURPENCE and VOTING CONTROL.

Entrants with a last-race Form Rating of less than 50 percent are zip-for-18 in the Juvenile Turf.

Qualifiers (as of Oct. 31): BECKFORD, ENCUMBERED, RAJASINGHE, SEAHENGE, SIOUX NATION and THREEFOURPENCE.

STARTLING STAT: Horses that competed for a purse of $400,000 or greater last time are 5-for-17 in the Juvenile Turf and have returned $4.06 for every $2 bet to win.

Qualifiers (as of Oct. 31): MENDELSSOHN, SEAHENGE, THREEANDFOURPENCE and US NAVY FLAG.

Derek Simon
Derek Simon is the Senior Editor and Handicapper at US Racing.