Los Angeles, United States | AFP | - Newspaperofrecord romped to victory in the Juvenile Fillies Turf as frontrunning youngsters lit up Churchill Downs Friday on the opening day of the US$30 million Breeders' Cup.
Five races for two-year-olds made up "Future Stars Friday," the curtain raiser to Saturday's nine-race slate capped by the US$4 million Turf and the US$6 million Classic.
Newspaperofrecord, trained by Chad Brown and sent off a 3-5 favourite, leapt out of the gate and shot to the front under Irad Ortiz in the one mile, US$1 million race on a Churchill Downs turf track labelled good despite heavy mid-week rain.
When Ortiz let her go late, the filly surged home to win by a devastating 6 3/4 lengths over European raider East, who rallied from last under Jamie Spencer to take second by a neck over longshot Stellar Agent.
"I got a perfect trip," said Ortiz. "She broke good and pulled me to the lead. I just held her together and she relaxed. When I asked her, she exploded for home.
"It was the easiest Breeders' Cup I ever won," added Ortiz, who has now won four.