Tempera wins BC Juvenile Fillies

Oct. 27, 2001 at 2:28 PM
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ELMONT, N.Y., Oct. 27 (UPI) -- Tempera, a Kentucky-bred, Arab-owned filly trained in California, swept around the leaders in the stretch run and went on to win Saturday's $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies by 1 1/2 lengths over stablemate Imperial Gesture.

The 1-2 sweep was the best showing ever in a Breeders' Cup Championship event for Godolphin Racing, a worldwide enterprise owned by the ruling family of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Bella Bellucci was third and the favorite, You, finished a non-threatening fourth, extending trainer Bobby Frankel's Breeders' Cup losing streak to 38 straight. Before the race, Frankel said You was his best hope of six starters on Saturday's eight-race Championship card.

Tempera, with David Flores in the irons, raced from well off the pace until the field hit the turn in the 1 1/8-mile event. Flores steered to the outside and his filly came to even terms, then edged clear in the final sixteenth. The final time was 1:41.49.

Tempera, a daughter of A.P. Indy, came into the race with two wins from four starts, all in California, for trainer Eoin Harty. In her last start, she was third in the Del Mar Debutant, 4 lengths behind Habibti. Saturday, who finished seventh after breaking from the rail.

Tempera paid $25.80, $11.80 and $7.50; Imperial Gesture $41.80 and $14.80; Bella Bellucci $5.30. The $2 exacta paid $768.

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