Entries and J’s Picks for Claiborne Breeder’s Cup Futurity(G1) at Keeneland

The Breeders’ Futurity is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race, awarding the winner a berth into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Park.

Race 9.Claiborne Breeder’s Cup Futurity(G1). For two-year-old at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $500,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Tap It to Win  Tyler Gaffalione Mark E. Casse 3/1
2 By Your Side  Corey J. Lanerie Eddie Kenneally 6/1
3 Life On the Road  Shaun Bridgmohan Steven M. Asmussen 12/1
4 King Theo  Flavien Prat Carlo Vaccarezza 15/1
5 Enforceable  Florent Geroux Mark E. Casse 15/1
6 Maxfield  Jose L. Ortiz Brendan P. Walsh 12/1
7 American Butterfly  Miguel Mena D. Wayne Lukas 12/1
8 Ajaaweed  Joel Rosario Kiaran P. McLaughlin 3/1
9 January Won Brian Hernandez, Jr. Kenneth G. McPeek 20/1
10 Gouverneur Morris  Javier Castellano Todd A. Pletcher 5/2

By Your Side won on debut in June at Churchill Downs followed by a victory   in the Sanford. He ran fifth in the Sept. 2 Runhappy Hopeful Stakes (G1). He has two bullet works at Keeneland in Sept. He breezed five furlongs in :59 Sept. 27 and a half-mile in :47 3/5 Sept. 18. He should be on the board. 

Gouverneur Morris broke his maiden going 5 1/2 furlongs in the slop in a Sept. 2 maiden special weight. He’s turned two five-furlong breezes at  the Belmont Park training track . He recorder a 1:00 4/5  on Sept. 27, and the other was 1:00.88 on Sept. 20. He should finish in the top two.

American Butterfly broke his maiden in his second race going 6 1/2-furlongs  in a maiden special weight.

Enforceable broke his maiden in his fourth start when stretched out to 1 1/8 miles Aug. 22 at Saratoga. The morning line lists Enforceable at 15-1. That might be a little high for a two-turn winner.

Tap It To Win has raced twice, with his first start at Woodbine. In that six-furlong turf race, he set the pace before fading to second, three lengths behind. Switching to dirt helped Tap It To Win won his next race at Saratoga. He should finish in the top two.

Ajaaweed broke his maiden in a one-turn mile at Belmont, closing from fifth to pull clear by 4 ¼ lengths. The distance should not be a problem. He should finish in top six.

January Won finished sixth in the Iroquois Stakes (G2) at Churchill, he came from 14 lengths back to finish sixth. He has a chance to be on the board.

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Gouverneur Morris
  • Tap It to Win
  • By Your Side

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