Breeders’ Futurity Draws Nearly Full Field
By Margaret Ransom
In a month from now, a full field of juveniles will race in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) at Del Mar in what will likely be the contest that decides who the division’s Eclipse Award winner will be. The reality, though, is that the race starts the incubation period for full-on Kentucky Derby fever, as the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile will also likely emerge as the early favorite for the Run for the Roses in six months. We all know there is no cure for Derby fever either.
A year ago, Classic Empire won the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland and then the Eclipse trophy before meandering down the Triple Crown trail alternating between the favorite and the flunky before regaining enough composure to earn morning line favoritism in the Derby and a troubled fourth-place finish.