An outstanding field of nine will travel 1 1/16 miles at Santa Anita on Friday in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1). The marquee race on the calendar for two-year-olds has attracted top runners from various parts of the country, as well as a Japanese import making his first start in the U. S. A.

Dennis' Moment
Total 3 starts
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (98) in Iroquois Stakes (G3) win at Churchill Downs
Total Earnings:
$147,800
Owner:
Albaugh Family Stables, LLC
Breeder:
Dale Romans
Trainer:
Tolo Thoroughbreds
Jockey:
Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Sire:
Tiznow
Dam:
Transplendid
Color:
Bay

Much-ballyhooed colt ran off to a 19-length maiden win in his second career outing, prior to a facile win in the Iroquois Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs last time out. The uber-talented youngster has fired three bullet works in preparation of his biggest test to date with a scorching half-mile move at Santa Anita, most recently. The morning-line choice will break from the rail beneath Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Wrecking Crew
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (89) in Best Pal Stakes (G2) second at Del Mar
Total Earnings:
$136,600
Owner:
Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen, LLC
Breeder:
Peter Miller
Trainer:
Westrock Stables
Jockey:
Paco Lopez
Sire:
Sky Kingdom
Dam:
Truelladeville
Color:
Dark Bay

This juvenile brought a massive bid of $875,000 in the spring and has finished first or second in each of his three lifetime appearances to date. The Peter Miller pupil is something of a wildcard in the field having never run two turns, with each of his trio of outings coming on the Del Mar main surface. The Kentucky-bred is a potentially live longshot with Paco Lopez in the controls.

Shoplifted
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
1
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (87) in runner-up finish in Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga
Total Earnings:
$125,500
Owner:
Cheyenne Stables, LLC et al’s
Breeder:
Steve Asmussen
Trainer:
Machmer Hall, Carrie Brogden and Craig Brogden
Jockey:
Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Sire:
Into Mischief
Dam:
Shopit
Color:
Bay

Hopeful Stakes (G1) runner-up traveled to the Golden State for his local prep but could only muster a fifth-place result in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1). The Steve Asmussen charge will likely move forward in his second run over the surface, but the $800,000 son of Into Mischief will need marked improvement to challenge the top runners in this cast.

Storm the Court
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
1
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (89) in debut win at Del Mar
Total Earnings:
$72,951
Owner:
Exline-Border Racing, LLC et al’s
Breeder:
Peter Eurton
Trainer:
Stepping Stone Farm
Jockey:
Flavien Prat
Sire:
Court Vision
Dam:
My Tejana Storm
Color:
Bay

This Kentucky-bred was a non-threatening third in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita in his prep for the Juvenile. The Peter Eurton trainee adds blinkers for this demanding assignment, and the recent morning drills indicate that he will improve with the equipment change today. The Court Vision colt has some appeal at a big price under Flavien Prat. 

Scabbard
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
2
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (96) when second in the Iroquois Stakes (G3)
Total Earnings:
$132,848
Owner:
Joseph W Sutton
Breeder:
Eddie Kenneally
Trainer:
Joseph W Sutton
Jockey:
Mike Smith
Sire:
More Than Ready
Dam:
Cowgirl Mally
Color:
Chestnut

Talented son of More Than Ready has run very well in each of his trio of career tries and comes in as a logical contender in this field. The April foal has improved his BRIS Speed number with each lifetime appearance, and his turn of foot will be on display if he brings his best to the Juvenile. The win threat gets a nice rider boost in picking up Mike Smith, as well.

Eight Rings
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (100) in first-out tally at Del Mar
Total Earnings:
$216,951
Owner:
Starlight Racing et al’s
Breeder:
Bob Baffert
Trainer:
WinStar Farm, LLC
Jockey:
John Velazquez
Sire:
Empire Maker
Dam:
Purely Hot
Color:
Dark Bay

Possible one to catch and beat ran them off their respective feet in a dominant display in the American Pharoah Stakes (G1) last time out. The Bob Baffert pupil aced his two-turn test most recently while also proving an affinity for the Santa Anita oval, and he has trained in fine fashion in the interim. The race goes through this March foal and pilot John Velazquez.

Anneau d’Oro
Total 1 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (80) in debut turf score at Golden Gate
Total Earnings:
$18,000
Owner:
Peter Redekop B C, Ltd.
Breeder:
Blaine Wright
Trainer:
Highland Yard, LLC
Jockey:
Juan Hernandez
Sire:
Medaglia d’Oro
Dam:
Walk Close
Color:
Bay

Sharp debut winner is ambitiously placed with just a single run on the turf at Golden Gate under his belt. The expensive two-year-old purchase could be an excellent prospect going forward for trainer Blaine Wright, but he gives up a lot of seasoning to his foes while making his dirt debut in the Juvenile. The son of Medaglia d’Oro will have Juan Hernandez riding.

Full Flat
Total 3 start(s)
Wins:
1
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Total Earnings:
$62,054
Owner:
Tsuyoshi Ono
Breeder:
Hideyuki Moro
Trainer:
Sierra Farm
Jockey:
Yutaka Take
Sire:
Speightstown
Dam:
Golden Flair
Color:
Bay

Japanese invader has yet to run on the dirt or beyond seven furlongs leading up to this tough test. The Kentucky-bred looked good in graduating two races prior at Kokura, but he would be a surprise in his U. S. debut against a field with this amount of class and depth. Celebrated jockey Yutaka Take will be in the stirrups.

Maxfield
Total 2 start(s)
Wins:
2
Place:
0
Show:
0
Top Speed Rating:
Top BRIS Speed rating (99) when winning the Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland
Total Earnings:
$354,412
Owner:
Godolphin, LLC
Breeder:
Brendan Walsh
Trainer:
Godolphin
Jockey:
Jose Ortiz
Sire:
Street Sense
Dam:
Velvety
Color:
Dark Bay

This Godolphin homebred rallied to win first out, and he came right back to annihilate his foes in the stretch of the subsequent Breeders’ Futurity Stakes (G1). The well-bred son of Street Sense has earned triple-digit BRIS Late Pace figures in both attempts to date, and he has reportedly been training in excellent fashion in advance of the Juvenile. Jose Ortiz will be bringing the prime contender from well off the pace on Friday.