Champagne Room beats Valadorna in the 14 Hand Winery Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Copyright Eclipse Sportswire / Breeders' Cup Photos

Champagne Room beats Valadorna in the 14 Hand Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies
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Champagne Room raced up with the pace and quickly put the issue to bed with a strong home stretch burst to land the Grade 1 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies over one mile and 110 yards on the Santa Anita dirt track.

Proceedings got underway on the main day of the 33rd Breeders’ Cup meeting with twelve fillies lining up for a fascinating contest.

As the gates burst open on the opening race, With Honors broke well on the inside but Noted And Quoted soon moved into the lead and took the first bend with a clear advantage from Champagne Room to the outside with Sweet Loretta stalking these in third and then Colorful Charades and With Honors.

Noted And Quoted continued to blaze the trail as the field turned for home with Champagne Room challenging and nothing coming off the pace.

Mario Gutierre celebrates aboard Champagne Room Copyright Eclipse Sportswire / Breeders' Cup Photos

Mario Gutierre celebrates aboard Champagne Room
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Champagne Room quickly burst clear under Mario Gutierrez and opened up a three length advantage as Noted And Quoted gave way tamely.

The Peter Eurton filly kept up the gallop with Valadorna staying on in second. However, Champagne Room, a daughter of Broken Vow had an unassailable lead and whilst the second closed late on, it was never enough.

American Gal had a bad start and stayed on for third, with Daddys Lil Darling fourth.

This was a first Breeders’ Cup success for Eurton and a second for Gutierrez, with a filly who had finished a well beaten fourth to Noted And Quoted last time out.

Gutierrez, striking at the Breeders’ Cup for the second time after Nyquist last year, said: “I had a perfect trip, I think it helps that I know her pretty well.

“Peter has done a great job with her and I’m working really hard to put my name up at the top with the best riders. It means a lot to me, I can’t tell you how happy I am.

“I always thought she was a filly who would go two turns and thank goodness she demonstrated that today.”