Lady Eli produces an impressive performance under Irad OrtizPICTURE: Getty Images
Lady Eli shoots
clear for easy win
Report: USA, Friday
Santa Anita: Breeders Cup' Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade 1) 1m, turf, 2yo fillies
LADY ELI went into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf as the horse to beat and she showed just why when quickening to an impressive victory.
Held up in midfield by Irad Ortiz, the Chad Brown-trained filly got a dream run up the rail and took full advantage when scooting clear of Sunset Glow, who was unable to complete a dream night for trainer Wesley Ward after Hootenanny's win in Juvenile Turf.
Osaila claimed third for Richard Hannon and Frankie Dettori and Prize Exibit fourth for the Toast Of New York combination of Jamie Osborne and Jamie Spencer, but Qualify, representing Aidan O'Brien, failed to fire under Ryan Moore.
"She's a nice filly," Ortiz said of Lady Eli. "I had speed horses in front of me. At one point I wanted to get out, but I couldn't so I found a hole a little early and went for it.
"The trainer told me I was on the best horse and she kept going."
It was a first Breeders' Cup win for Ortiz and third for Brown, who won the first running of the Juvenile Fillies Turf with Maram in 2008.
"It's unbelievable," said the trainer. "This filly is exceptional and the first time she breezed on the turf we knew she was something special.
"She showed her turn of foot and I think she's the best two-year-old filly in the country."
Harry Herbert, racing manager to Osaila's owner Al Shaqab Racing, said: "She ran a terrific race. The winner has won very well. It is the end of a busy season. Frankie said there was just a little trouble on the turns and she has come home well once she has hit her stride in the straight."
Prize Exhibit was having her last run for Jamie Osborne, who said: "If we had had a bit more luck we would have been third. She is in our care tonight and she will be handed over to Jim Cassidy tomorrow."
Aidan O'Brien added of Qualify: "The experience will do her good for next year. She is an inexperienced filly even though she has raced a little bit. It was a very bad draw and we were very worried the minute we saw it. Ryan said she would stay further than a mile."
Lady Zazu was withdrawn after cutting her right-hind leg at the stalls, but the injury was said to be nothing serious and she was walking sound.