Hit It a Bomb wins Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Hit It a Bomb won the $1 million Juvenile Turf, the first Breeders’ Cup race ever held at Keeneland.
The colt closed with a powerful five-wide surge to edge the 5-2 favorite Airoforce by a neck, with Birchwood another neck back in the finish on Friday.
It was the ninth Breeders’ Cup win for Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien, and the seventh for jockey Ryan Moore.
Hit It a Bomb overcame post 14, the outside slot, to improve to 3 for 3. This was the U.S. debut for the 2-year-old after a pair of victories in Ireland. He paid $16.40, $9.40 and $6.80.
Airoforce returned $4.40 and $3.20. Birchwood paid $11.20 show.
The time was 1:38.86 for the mile over the course rated yielding.