From the Breeders’ Cup Media Team:
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing ($29.60) swept to the lead in the upper stretch and then turned back a bid from favored Daahyeh by 1 ¼ lengths to win the 12th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday afternoon at Santa Anita.
Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Manny Franco, Sharing covered the mile on a firm turf course in 1:34.59. It is the first Breeders’ Cup victory for Franco and fourth for Motion, one of which was Sharing’s dam, Shared Account, in the 2010 Filly & Mare Turf.
Abscond set the pace while being closely tracked by Sweet Melania as Sharing raced in the fifth spot with a ground-saving trip,
Straightening into the homestretch, Sweet Melania pushed to the front but was soon joined and passed by Sharing who quickly opened a daylight margin and had more than enough to hold off Daahyeh.
The victory was worth $550,000 and increased the Maryland-bred daughter of Speightstown’s earnings to $730,300 with a record of 4-3-0-1.
Winning Trainer Graham Motion (Sharing) – “It’s amazing. Her mother (Shared Account) was really the most special filly I’ve trained. I mean I’ve had some really nice fillies but she was very special. It’s so hard to win these races. Just to get here, it’s really surreal to be honest.”
Winning Jockey Manny Franco (Sharing) – “She broke so nice out of the gate and got the position behind the speed I wanted. Down the backside, she settled pretty nicely. By the three-eighths pole, I waited for the right moment to make my move and she was there for me.”
Second-Place Trainer Roger Varian (Daahyeh) – “She ran an absolutely fabulous race. They didn’t go a great pace. If they had gone faster, we would have been able to attack them. The winner got first run on us, which eventually won them the race. Our filly was learning to bend as well as trying to quicken. Unfortunately, she hasn’t quite got there. Finishing second is always a funny feeling. Obviously, we’re very disappointed, but at the same time, immensely proud.”
Second-Place Jockey William Buick (Daahyeh) – “She ran fantastic. It’s a shame we finished runner-up. She’s very tough and a very good filly.”
Third-Place Trainer Todd Pletcher (Sweet Melania) – “I thought she ran well. Jose (Ortiz) had to use her a little bit to get to the position he wanted. She was a little bit wide in the first turn, but they were able to back down the fractions pretty well in the second quarter. We waited, she responded, but we couldn’t quite fend off two really good fillies there in the end. It was a quality race where they went several ticks faster than the colts.
“I was proud of her effort. I was a little concerned about coming back in 23 days, but she seemed like she did everything right. She did well.
“She’s a nice filly and we’re very proud of her. We”ll take her to Florida and freshen her up. She had a solid campaign this year.”
Third-Place Jockey Jose Ortiz (Sweet Melania) – “No excuse. Very nice trip. It was a little fast early, but we had to take our position early.”