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Horseracing Update: Corniche Wins Breeders’ Cup Juvenile; Echo Zulu Stays Unbeaten
Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
Top favorite Corniche took home the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile race while Echo Zulu extended her winning streak to four by winning the Juvenile Fillies on the first day of competitions on Friday to give sports betting enthusiasts watching live at the Del Mar Racetrack and on television something to smile at. Corniche outclassed 10 other entries to take home the USD2-million Juvenile trackfest. On the other hand, Echo Zulu rolled to a gate-to-wire victory at the BC Juvenile Fillies event.
Corniche walks the talk, wins Breeder’s Cup Juvenile
Corniche lived up to the pre-race hype. He led from the start after breaking on top from the far outside. He won the Breeders Cup Juvenile by 1 3/4 lengths over Pappacap and Giant Game. Aside from winning the race, the Quality Road colt helped give Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith extend his all-time Breeders’ Cup mark to 27 victories. Corniche completed the 1 1/16-mile race in one minute and 42.50 seconds.
The victory was also a sort of vindication for trainer Bob Baffert. He was given a two-year suspension by Churchill Downs officials after a horse under his watch, Medina Spirit, failed a post-race drug test. He was also asked to be suspended by the New York Racing Association but was subsequently overturned in federal court. It was Corniche’s third win in three starts. The spectacular performance in the Juvenile put him as one of the favorites for next year’s Kentucky Derby. Command performance finished fourth while Oviatt Class checked in fifth. The placings of the rest of the field were Pinehurst (sixth), America Sanctuary (seventh), Double Thunder (eighth), Barossa (ninth), Jasper Great (10th) and Tough to Tame (11th).
Echo Zulu snags 4th straight win in Juvenile Fillies
Echo Zulu captured her fourth win in as many starts by zooming to a five-and-a-half-length masterclass at the Juvenile Fillies. The victory allowed Echo Zulu’s trainer Steve Asmussen and owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and L&L Racing to lock up an Eclipse Award for champion Juvenile fillies. It was the horse’s third Grade 1 victory of her career. She finished the 1 1/16-mile race at 1:42.24 under new jockey Joel Rosario, who replaced original rider Ricardo Santana Jr. Echo Zulu broke away from the outside stall to beat Juju’s Map and Tarabi. Hidden Connection finished fourth while Sequist and Desert Dawn checked in fifth and sixth, respectively.
The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies serve as a preview for the best thoroughbreds to watch next year’s season. These two races also give a guide for 2022 Kentucky Derby betting enthusiasts who look to earn more money while enjoying the races next year.