The 2019 Breeders’ Cup kicked off Friday with five 2-year-old races, with Kentucky-breds taking four of the five events, winning both dirt events and two of three on the turf.
Four Wheel Drive kicked off the day with a front-running score in the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2). The colt is a son of leading First-Crop sire American Pharoah and was bred by Glenvale from the stakes-winning More Than Ready mare Funfair. Undefeated in three starts for Breeze Easy LLC, Four Wheel Drive sold for $525,000 at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling sale.
The $1 million Juvenile turf went to Structor, who is by Palace Malice, another First-Crop Kentucky sire. Bred by Three Chimneys Farm, Structor is also undefeated in three starts. He is the first foal out of Miss Always Ready, who is a full sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G2) winner More Than Real. Structor sold for $850,000 at the OBS March 2-year-old sale, making him the highest-priced juvenile by Palace Malice sold at auction.
Switching to the main track, British Idiom became a multiple Grade 1 winner and likely Eclipse Award winner after taking the $2 million Juvenile Fillies (G1). Winner of the Alcibiades S. (G1) in her previous start, the daughter of Flashback is another that is perfect in three outings. Friday’s win made her racing’s newest millionaire, at $1,381,250, making her $40,000 auction price look very much like a bargain. She was bred by Hargus & Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm. British Idiom’s stakes-winning dam Rose and Shine is also the dam of stakes winner Parade of Roses.
In the final race of the day, Storm the Court pulled off a shocker in the $2 million Juvenile (G1). Bred by Stepping Stone Farm, the son of Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) winner Court Vision had won his debut, then lost his rider early in the Del Mar Futurity (G1) before running third in the American Pharoah S. (G1). Friday’s big payday also made Storm the Court a millionaire, at $1,172,951. The bay colt has also proved a bargain, selling for $60,000 at this year’s OBS April sale to Exline-Border Racing LLC, who owns the colt with David Bersen, Susanna Wilson and Dan Hudock.
The Breeders’ Cup continues on Saturday, with nine races, starting with the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at 11:55 p.m. PT.