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Oscar Performance

Oscar Performance

Breeders’ Cup Champion
Jockey: 
Jose L. Ortiz
Trainer: 
Brian A. Lynch
Owner: 
Amerman Racing LLC

Oscar Performance took top billing with a victory in the 2016 G1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, kicking off two days of star-studded racing at Santa Anita Park.

The son of Kitten’s Joy also put rider Jose Ortiz and trainer Brian Lynch in the spotlight, awarding both of them their first Breeders’ Cup Championship.

Oscar Performance got away in good order from post 13 in the 14-horse field, settling in second just off pacesetter Wellabled, who motored along to the half in :45.88. Ortiz let him out a notch in the far turn, and Oscar Performance took command in the upper stretch. Lancaster Bomber overcame traffic trouble to break free from mid-pack, gave chase late but had to settle for second, a length and a quarter behind the winner.

“You always hope that it’s in the stars and it’s lovely when they all line up,” said Lynch. “He’s always been a little bit above the other two-year olds and we’ve worked him with the older horses, and he sat and waited lovely and kicked it in in his works, so it was nice to see it all come to play today.”

“I had a perfect trip,” said Ortiz. “He broke very alertly. I put myself where I wanted to be, right behind the speed. Approaching the half-mile pole I felt I had a lot horse underneath me, so I just kind of waited until I crossed the quarter pole to unleash him.”

Oscar Performance races as a homebred for John and Jerry Amerman’s Amerman Racing. The stable also won the 2003 G1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff with Adoration.

Oscar Performance secured his third straight win and first grade one score in the Juvenile Turf, running the mile on firm turf in 1:33.28. He also captured the G3 Pilgrim Stakes at Belmont Oct. 1, going wire-to-wire to win by six lengths at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.

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