(Mischief Magic impressive in winning the BC Juvenile Turf Sprint / All Photos by Coady Photography)
From the Keeneland / Breeders’ Cup Media Team:
MISCHIEF MAGIC WINS BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE TURF SPRINT
TO START FUTURE STARS FRIDAY
Godolphin’s Mischief Magic (IRE) ($15.84) made a mad dash through traffic in deep stretch to catch Dramatised (IRE) near the wire to post a 1-length victory in fifth running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G1) for 2-year-olds to begin Future Stars Friday at the 39th World Championships at Keeneland.
Trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick, Mischief Magic completed the 5 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course in 1:02.41. It is the seventh Breeders’ Cup victory for Appleby and sixth for Buick and the first for each in the Juvenile Turf Sprint.
Tyler’s Tribe and Speed Boat Beach vied for the early lead as Mischief Magic was last in the run down the backstretch. On the far turn, American Apple shot through on the inside to lead the field into the stretch.
Buick moved Mischief Magic off the rail nearing the eighth pole and began splitting horses in the final sixteenth of a mile to get clear running for the victory.
Dramatised held second by a neck over Private Creed with Persian Force (IRE) another 2 lengths back in fourth.
The victory was worth $520,000 for the son of Exceed And Excel out of the Elusive Quality mare Veil of Silence. Mischief Magic has earned $607,317 and improved his record to 6-4-0-1.
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Quotes
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby (Mischief Magic):“I have to say I knew they were going to go hard. From the gate, William is riding in such great form and has so much confidence in his horses. I can see what he was doing. He was just going to get him on his lead. But he made a lovely run (up the backside) and he was trying to angle out and just got pushed back (inside). He didn’t do the horse any harm as I said to William, the one thing he wants is to give him gaps. Give him daylight and the old bugger just might have a second chance. Fantastic ride by William and great effort by all the team. Great to be back.”
Winning jockey William Buick (Mischief Magic): “I expected to him to be outpaced early. He’s a comfortable closer at six furlongs at home. I knew the 5 ½ furlongs here with the speed in the race would catch him out early. I knew if I got behind a horse that would take me into the straight, he would finish off real good. He felt super.
“He ran very well in the middle part (of his last race). It was a good race at Newmarket. This is only his sixth race. He’s still learning. He enjoys this ground and everything came together for him today.”
Second-place trainer Karl Burke (Dramatised): “She ran a fantastic race. We couldn’t have asked for anything more, really. She’s just a little bit slow for gate speed, which we were always a little bit concerned with, but Ryan (Moore) gave her a beautiful ride and was committed to go down the rail once we were slow away. Maybe we were a bit lucky to get the gaps in the straight. We thought we had it won a half-furlong out. Fair play – Charlie’s horse is a very good horse. She’s probably a stiff five-furlong horse.”
Second-place jockey Ryan Moore (Dramatised): “She’s run a great race. She’s a serious horse but the last half furlong the tank was running empty.”
Third-place trainer Steve Asmussen (Private Creed): “He ran hard. It’s a very unique race with so many horses coming from so many different angles and how do they take it. But, he ran hard. He’s a very nice horse.”
Third-place jockey Joel Rosario (Private Creed): “He ran really well. He ran his race, but he just couldn’t hold on. He broke fine, but he just took a little bit of time to find his stride.”
Jockey Hollie Doyle (11th on morning line favorite Platinum Queen): “It just didn’t work out for her. A horse ended coming up on her outside and she got claustrophobic. She’s never ran round a bend before and it’s just found her out. She’s had a great season and deserves a break now.”
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