By Sean Morris

Aunt Pearl gets the nod for us in the Juvenile Fillies Turf

By Sean Morris
Frankie Dettori rides a favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf
Frankie Dettori rides a favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf

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The $1,000,000 Grade I Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf is Race 6 on the card at Keeneland on Friday. Below is our Race Card with all the Morning Line odds and links to our betting partners BetAmerica, TVG and TwinSpires where you can join today and take advantage of their excellent sign-up offers for new customers.

Underneath you'll find our race preview written by our in-house handicapper and originally published here on HorseRacing.net as part of his Breeders' Cup Friday Picks column...

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf 2020

5

Aunt Pearl

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Florent Geroux /
  • Trainer: Brad Cox /
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4

Plum Ali

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Joel Rosario /
  • Trainer: Christophe Clement /
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10

Campanelle

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Lanfranco Dettori /
  • Trainer: Wesley Ward /
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11

Royal Approval

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr. /
  • Trainer: Wesley Ward /
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9

Madone

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Flavien Prat /
  • Trainer: Simon Callaghan /
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14

Editor At Large

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Javier Castellano /
  • Trainer: Chad Brown /
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2

Miss Amulet

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Julien Leparoux /
  • Trainer: Ken Condon /
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3

Alda

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: John Velazquez /
  • Trainer: H. Graham Motion /
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12

Spanish Loveaffair

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione /
  • Trainer: Mark Casse /
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1

Oodnadatta

  • Age: 2 /
  • Jockey: Shane Foley /
  • Trainer: Jessica Harrington /
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Unlike the Juvenile Turf in which the Americans are pinning their hopes (or at least I am) to one horse in particular, the Juvenile Fillies Turf seems to revolve around two domestic runners, Plum Ali (#4) and Aunt Pearl (#5), who are likely more talented than their Euro counterparts.

I give the nod in this race to Aunt Pearl, who unleashed an absolutely devastating performance last out in the G2 Jessamine over this very course. Her dominance in that race cannot be understated as she broke sharply and set a torrid pace before bounding away from her competition in the stretch. It was an effort that was even better than the 83 Beyer Speed Figure she earned for it would suggest, and she’s going to be awfully tough to beat if she runs back to it. The only trouble with Aunt Pearl is that she’s won each of her first two starts while leading throughout, which she may not be able to do in this spot with so many stretch-out sprinters in the field. Still, I never like to deem a young runner one-dimensional, and just because she hasn’t rated in the past doesn’t mean she’s not capable. She’s the most likely winner of this race.

Plum Ali maybe hasn’t shown the same brilliance through three career starts, but she is unbeaten and coming off her best race yet in the G2 Miss Grillo at Belmont Park. I was skeptical of her going into that race, but she was legitimately good in that spot as she tracked a fast pace and stayed on well in the stretch to win with relative ease. Some may be deterred by the runner-up from the Miss Grillo coming back to disappoint in the Chelsey Flower at Belmont, however that race was run on a very soft turf course that she may not have cared for. I still believe the Miss Grillo was a strong race and it gives Plum Ali a big shot here, especially if Aunt Pearl proves intractable in the early stages.

The other filly likely to attract a good deal of support in this race is Campanelle (#10), a sort of American/Euro hybrid. Campanelle began her career with a facile score at Gulfstream Park and she was then promptly shipped to Europe by Wesley Ward, where she won the Group 2 Queen Mary at Royal Ascot and the Group 1 Prix Morny at Deauville against males. I’m not entirely against her — she’s clearly a very talented filly — but she’s yet to run beyond six furlongs in her career and I prefer those with route experience, especially given how good Aunt Pearl and Plum Ali already are.

I actually prefer Ward’s other runner, Royal Approval (#11) from a value perspective. She’s also been treated purely as a sprinter to this point, but she really excelled going 6 ½ furlongs at Kentucky Downs two back and gives the impression that she’s better suited to this trip than her stablemate, though admittedly she’s probably not as talented.

Main:  4,5     Backup:  10,11,12

Order of preference:  5-4-11-10

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