Saturday, November 6, 2010
Juvenile Turf: Pluck rallies from last
By Marty McGee Daily Racing Form
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Pluck, last of 12 turning for home, unleashed a furious run down the center of the course to post an emphatic victory under jockey Garrett Gomez in $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, the first of the eight BC events Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Pluck, bred and owned by Team Valor International, returned $14.80 after finishing the one-mile distance in 1:36.98 over firm turf. Soldat finished second, Willcox Inn was third, and Banned was fourth.
The victory gave trainer Todd Pletcher a sweep of both 2-year-old grass races. Pletcher also sent out More Than Real to win the BC Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday. Both are by the sire More Than Ready.
Pluck was coming off a victory in the Grade 3 Summer Stakes at Woodbine.
The race was marred by an incident in which Rough Sailing lost his footing and fell entering the first turn, spilling jockey Rosie Napravnik, who was able to limp off the course and to the far outside rail. The extent of her injuries were not immediately known. Rough Sailing, trained by Michael Stidham, suffered a serious injury to his right foreleg, according to BC veterinary spokesman Dr. Wayne McIlwraith, and was loaded into the equine ambulance on the backstretch.
The $2 exacta (13-9) paid $72, the $1 trifecta (13-9-7) paid $696.60, and the $1 superfecta (13-9-7-10) paid $5,544.30.