A year to remember for Godolphin and trainer Charlie Appleby continued when 2yo Line Of Duty landed a dramatic renewal of the $1million Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf over a mile at Churchill Downs on ‘Future Stars Friday’. William Buick’s mount looked beaten at one stage, before he picked up bravely to get the better of Uncle Benny but the pair did bump just before the line, as well as coming very close together on the home turn. A tense wait ensued, but the result, correctly, remained unaltered. Derby winning trainer Appleby was, at the time, recording his third career win at the meeting from just five runners. He said of his Galileo colt: “He was under the pump pretty early in proceedings, but it didn’t really bother me as he just loves to be driven, and the harder you drive him, the more he finds. It was a fantastic ride by William. “I knew when he entered the straight, with racing room, that he would finish strongly and that is exactly what happened.
Buick added: “He didn’t come out of the stalls as well as I’d have hoped, and when the incident happened my horse had come out to the middle of the track, while the other horse came across and gave me a couple of bumps. “Then my horse lost his concentration, but it was right on the wire. Although it made no difference to the result, I would have respected the decision if it had gone the other way. “The best horse definitely won the race, and in truth I didn’t have the most straightforward trip myself.” Earlier, Newspaperofrecord produced a sensational performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over the same mile course and distance. Ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr, later frustrated on Uncle Benny, the Chad Brown-trained youngster was very much the ‘buzz horse’ before the showpiece and lived up to all the hype from the front. Ortiz kept a little wide of the inside on his way round, as his mount moved effortlessly through the testing conditions, and once he let out an inch of rein, the Lope De Vega filly simply laughed at her rivals. Brown has Royal Ascot on his mind for Newspaperofrecord, a 200,000gns acquisition at the Tattersalls Book One sale last year who looks a little special, obliterating the field, by almost seven lengths, effortlessly.
“I was very confident but you never know with an international field like this,” Brown said of his 11th Breeders’ Cup winner. “She’s handled soft ground before but never at Churchill so there were a lot of unknowns here. “She showed her class today, her brilliance. She’s a hard horse to beat because she has that good positional early speed and then she kicks for home like a closer. What a freaky horse!” Of a trip to Europe, he added: “This time, this one might be close to going over. We’ll see. I give credit to Mike Ryan. He’s my partner going over to look at these horses and he found her in Newmarket.” Ryan is a bloodstock agent, owner and breeder who co-bred the 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming with Gerry Dilger of Dromoland Stud.
The duo also pinhooked the 2015 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. Then, living up to her name, Jaywalk swerved across and into the early lead of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies over an extended mile on the dirt. And, once there, she never looked likely to be caught, leading all the way in impressive fashion in a virtual carbon copy of her previous victory in the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes. The fractions were brisk as the daughter of Cross Traffic simply ran the rest off their feet. “It looked like there was a lot of speed in the race, but she was out of there and wanted to go,” jockey Joel Rosario said. “She did it so easily.” Twitter Ads info and privacy John Servis saddled Jaywalk and added: “We’ve trained her for it, and she’s handled it real well. “When she had the lead going to the first turn, I saw her ears go up and she relaxed real nice.
I knew we weren’t in good shape, but we’d be tough; her cruising speed is just wicked.” Later on the card and over the same course and distance, Game Winner lived up to his name with a determined victory in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, seemingly advertising his Kentucky Derby, at Churchill Downs in May, claims in the process. “He likes Churchill Downs, so that’s a good sign,” said Bob Baffert, who trains for owners Gary and Mary West. “We just have to keep him healthy. Thank the Lord that this horse came through and everything went well for us today, because these races are hard to win.” Under Rosario, he was settled fifth on the back stretch before challenging three wide on the home turn.
Unbeaten in four starts, three of them Grade One victories, Game Winner’s now appears ‘the big horse’ on the 2019 Kentucky Derby trail. “He broke fine, but it looked like they took my spot, and I had to go wide,” said Rosario, who, having won on Jaywalk, became the first jockey since Pat Day in 1994 to complete this particular juvenile double. “He seemed like he didn’t mind that. He was comfortable. That’s why we had him moving at that point, instead of getting inside and taking back. Turning for home, the more I rode him, the more he gave it to me.”