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Gary and Mary West's New Year's Day, a 10-1 shot from trainer Bob Baffert, rallied strongly up the rail to catch favored Havana inside the sixteenth pole to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The bay colt by Street Cry covered the 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita Park in 1:43. 52.
Havana held for second, with Strong Mandate finishing third. Bond Holder was fourth.
Conquest Titan broke sharply from the gate and led the field of 13 as they passed the wire the first time, tracked by Rum Point and Havana. After an opening quarter in :22.66, Strong Mandate got into the pace play with a wide move down the backstretch. The half-mile went in :45.38.
Havana and Strong Mandate made bold moves to pull away from the pack turning for home after six furlongs in 1:09.70. Havana made a wide move into the lane but held the lead over Strong Mandate. Ken and Sarah Ramsey's We Miss Artie made headway, but it was New Year's Day making the most of it while skimming the rail and as the leaders tired was able to get up under Martin Garcia.
The mile went in 1:36.66.
The winner, out of the Dixie Union mare Justwhistledixie, was bred in Kentucky by Clearsky Farms.
He was making his first start on dirt after making a pair of starts at Del Mar this summer. In his Aug. 17 debut he rallied from ninth to finish third going 5 ½ furlongs. Stretched out to a mile Aug. 31, he pressed the pace, then drew clear in the lane win going a mile by 1 ¾ lengths in 1:36.93. Second in his maiden-breaker was Bold Holder, winner of the FrontRunner Stakes Sept. 28 at Santa Anita. Garrett Gomex was aboard for both mounts at Del Mar. Garcia got the call in the $2 million Juvenile.
New Year's Day paid $23, $9.20, and $6.60. Havana returned $4.60 and $3.40. Strong Mandate paid $6. The $1 4-13 exacta paid $53.90.
New Year's Day was a $425,000 Keeneland September sale graduate. The West's bloodstock agent, Ben Glass, agent, bought the colt out of the sale's first session from Clearsky Farm, agent.
The Juvenile winner is the first foal out of Justwhistledixie, winner of the Bonnie Miss and Davona Dale stakes and runner-up in the 2009 Acorn Stakes for West Point Thoroughbreds, Lakland Farm, and R. Dee Hubbard. Justwhistledixie, bred by Hermitage Farm is a half sister to Saratoga Special Breeders' Cup Stakes winner Chace City.