Godolphin Racing's Imperia, winner of the Pilgrim Stakes in his previous start, drew post 11 in a field of 14 2-year-olds entered for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Oct. 31 at Santa Anita Park.
Imperia, trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, just missed winning a 1-1/16-mile maiden special weight race on the grass at Saratoga Race Course in his debut in August, and returned to win the Pilgrim at Belmont Park with a nice off-the-pace run while racing on furosemide for the first time. Javier Castellano gets a return call on the Medaglia d'Oro colt.
The speedy Luck of the Kitten, owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, drew post 3 for trainer Wesley Ward and jockey Mike Smith. The Kitten's Joy homebred colt won the one-mile Zuma Beach Stakes on the grass at Santa Anita going wire to wire in his last start.
Turf Stables' Lawn Ranger and Donegal Racing's Danny Boy, the one-two finishers in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes at 1-1/16 miles at Keeneland Oct. 5, drew posts 13 and 14, respectively. Lawn Ranger (by U S Ranger ), trained by Ken McPeek, has tactical speed, while Dale Romans trainee Danny Boy (Harlan's Holiday) races from off the pace.
Because the field is limited to 14 starters, Faithful Creek and Papacoolpapacool are on the also-eligible list.