Perhaps Hollywood Park would have been an appropriate venue but there was still a quintessentially Hollywood feel to the opening race as Oscar Performance ran out a clear cut winner of the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita this evening.
The 33rd Breeders’ Cup World Championships got underway with this mile contest and a field of fourteen.
At the break it was Wellabled who went to the lead with Keep Quiet and Oscar Performance, moving over from a wide draw. Taking the first turn Wellabled had the rail and led Oscar Performance and Channel Maker, with Made You Look and Keep Quiet well in contention.
As the field continued down the back at a cracking pace, Wellabled and Oscar Performance had the lead and turned for home a few lengths clear of the field.
But straightening up Oscar Performance shot clear under Jose Ortiz, as Wellabled gave way and dropped back.
From behind, Lancaster Bomber came out of the pack to give chase, but Oscar Performance had first run by some distance and whilst his lead reduced in the final furlong, he had more than enough in the second fastest renewal of this race.
A couple of lengths back came Lancaster Bomber, who was again confirming the strong form of the Dewhurst Stakes, while Good Samaritan was on his heels in third, this pair well clear of Ticonderoga in fourth.
The Brian Lynch trained Oscar Performance is a son of Kitten’s Joy and was completing a hat-trick of victories.