Caledonia Road (Quality Road) covered no fewer than 27 ft. (approx. 3 1/4 lengths) more than every one of her rivals in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies according to Trakus data, but the wide trip certainly didn’t seem to bother her as she kicked home impressively as a 17-1 outside. Up-close Alluring Star (Exchange Rate) fought on for second while Blonde Bomber (Fort Larned) further spiced up the trifecta at 30-1.
“This filly has come into her own this fall and her timing was impeccable,” said winning conditioner Ralph Nicks. “This run down the stretch is kind of her style. This is my first win [in the Breeders’ Cup] and it’s on my third try. It’s just amazing.”
He later added, “Growing up the way I did, and working for [Bill] Mott for 13 years with the champions there, and getting to witness it and be part of it on that stage and get to do it for myself, it’s very, very special.”