LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Stephanie’s Kitten rallied in the final furlong to overtake Stopshoppingmaria and win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf by three-quarters of a length on Friday.
Ridden by John Velazquez, 6-1 shot Stephanie’s Kitten ran one mile in 1:38.80 and paid $14.20, $6.60 and $5.20. It was the jockey’s 10th win in the world championships and trainer Wayne Catalano’s third.
Stopshoppingmaria returned $9.20 and $7.60 in her turf debut, while Sweet Cat paid $9.40 to show.
Stephanie’s Kitten is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who have six horses entered in the two-day event, including four sired by Kitten’s Joy.
Elusive Kate, the 5-2 favorite, finished eighth.