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    Essential Quality Wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile At Keeneland

    Essential Quality Wins Breeders' Cup Juvenile At Keeneland

    Essential Quality took charge in the stretch to overtake 941 long shot Hot Rod Charlie and win Fridays $2 million Breeders Cup Juvenile by threequarters of a length on the first day of the seasonending world championships at Keeneland.

    LEXINGTON, Ky.: Essential Quality took charge in the stretch to overtake 94-1 long shot Hot Rod Charlie and win Fridays $2 million Breeders Cup Juvenile by three-quarters of a length on the first day of the season-ending world championships at Keeneland.

    Hot Rod Charlie and 4-5 favorite Jackies Warrior dueled through the final turn before Essential Quality emerged from the pack. The colt held on at the wire as Keepmeinmind, a 30-1 long shot, made a late charge. Essential Quality improved to 3-0 and established himself as a possible contender in next years Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

    Essential Quality also won last month’s Grade 1 Breeders Futurity at Keeneland.

    With Luis Saez aboard, Essential Quality covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.09 and paid $9.40, $6.20 and $4.40.

    Hot Rod Charlie returned $51.60 and $24 while Keepmeinmind paid $11.20 to show. Jackie’s Warrior faded to fourth.

    Racing continues Saturday with nine stakes races including the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic.


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