One by one, Joha's rivals took shots at trying to pass her in the stretch of the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders' Futurity. And one by one, Joha repelled them all. In a gutsy and game performance, Joha led every step of the way to win the Breeders' Futurity and secure a spot in the starting gate for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Saturday, November 3rd.
Coming out of the Breeders' Futurity, Joha's connections will have a decision to make as they prepare for Santa Anita. Do they run in the Juvenile, the race they qualified for with the win at Keeneland on Saturday? Or do they enter the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, a race that is probably a better fit given the fact that Joha has never run on dirt and has wins over turf and synthetic surfaces in his career? It's a tough decision for anyone to make but, in this instance, the race on grass seems like the better spot.
A horse to watch going forward from the Breeders' Futurity is the runner-up, Dynamic Sky. The son of Sky Mesa overcame a wide post position and closed well to finish second; according to the Trakus data, Dynamic Sky ran 77 further than Joha yet only lost by a length and a half. Like the winner, Dynamic Sky has never won (or run) on dirt and would appear to be a better fit for the Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita.