ARCADIA, CA – Structor soared to victory in Friday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Presented by Coolmore America (G1) at Santa Anita Park. This was the third consecutive win for the undefeated two-year-old son of Palace Malice who won last time out in the G3 Pilgrim at Keeneland.
Structor broke from the second position at odds of 5-1 shot to the front, and and eased back to wit midpack along the rail behind the early pace setter Graceful Kitten. Graceful Kitten set fraction of :23.14, :47.55, and 1:11.68. Proven Strategies sat just off the leaders while the 2-1 post-time favorite Arizona got stuck back behind horses and was force to make a fruitless late run and eventually finished fifth.
Into the stretch, Graceful Kitten maintained a slight lead over Proven Strategies but the pair quickly faced pressure from the rear. Structor, shot down the stretch with an impressive late burst of speed with jockey Jose Ortiz aboard to win by an easy ¾-length victory over Billy Batts who came on late a neck ahead of Gear Jockey in a photo for third. Decorated Invader finished fourth.
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