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Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 2014; Carpe Diem Still Perfect

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile 2014; Carpe Diem Still Perfect: It’s way too early, but some are beginning future bets on horses that they don’t even know will make it to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile starting gate on Saturday, November 1, 2014. Last Saturday, one particular two-year-old showed brilliance in only his second start. He toyed with a field that was near impossible to handicap. Carpe Diem pulled away from the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) by 6 ¼ lengths.

Breeders' Cup Juvenile 2014 Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem pulled away from the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity by 6 ¼ lengths with jockey John Velazquez. The two-year-old colt heads to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, November 1, 2014.
Photo: Keeneland

The Pletcher-trained colt, so far, has lived up to expectation. Owned by WinStar and Stonestreet Farm, the colt first appeared in a 5.5F race this summer at Saratoga. Allowed to lead the entire race, he came home by 2 ½ lengths, after stiff fractions. He covered the 5.5F in 1:03.99. Pletcher knew he had something good. He jumped the colt into grade one competition one month after debut. With the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in mind, this race was likely a valuable lesson for the colt. He will need to be able to rate, especially as the distances get longer.

Coffee Pot Stables bred Carpe Diem after campaigning his dam during her career. Carpe Diem is by champion sire Giant’s Causeway, the colt had the looks that any breeder or trainer would want to see in a young stud colt. He had the confirmation, the looks, and the bloodlines. The colt is out of an Unbridled’s Song mare. The cross, according to TrueNicks is a grade ‘A.’ The cross as produced grade two stakes winners, and now, a grade one winner. Carpe Diem is bred on the same cross at Hold Me Back and Sloane Square. The cross works, and Carpe Diem has a very promising future, so long as he stays healthy.

Carpe Diem was sold as a yearling in the Keeneland September Sale in 2013. Purchased by Northwest Stud for $550,000, he proved to be an amazing “flip.” He was again offered this year as a two-year-old at the Ocala Breeders Sale in March. Buyer Stonestreet Farms LLC purchased the colt for an astonishing $1.6 million dollars, in partnership with WinStar Farms.

The colt was put into training with Todd Pletcher. Pletcher has the unbeaten colt headed toward the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. If he were to win, he would likely be the two-year-old champion, and the new favorite for the 2015 Kentucky Derby for the future betting pools out there.

So far, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile is likely to attract three other grade one winners Daredevil, American Pharoah, and I Spent It. Carpe Diem is likely to face a stiff Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field, but with his perfect record, there is not much to harp on, except, who has he really faced. In the Breeders’ Futurity, Carpe Diem left quality horses such as Hashtag Bourbon (who is out after ankle surgery), Keen Ice (impressive debut winner), Bold Conquest (runner up in the Iroquois), and Mr. Z (runner up in the Saratoga Special), and others. Carpe Diem made this grade one quality field look like a bunch of allowance horses.

Whether or not Carpe Diem remains perfect after his third start on November 1, he should improve as he grows and matures. He has the perfect pedigree for distance. As the distances get longer, Carpe Diem should be able to dig and find more in himself. As the Derby gets closer, keep a close eye on this budding star for the WinStar-Pletcher duo.

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