When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Where: Santa Anita Park - Arcadia, California
Distance: 7 furlongs
Age/Sex: 3 Yr Olds & Up
Purse: $1 Million
Post Time: 4:21pm
The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint purse is one million dollars and the race is open to horses three-years-old and up.
The "win and you're in" qualifiers for the Turf Sprint are the Arlington Sprint Handicap, Prix Maurice de Gheest, Manikato Stakes, Morvich Handicap and Nearctic Stakes.
The 33rd running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will return to Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on Friday, November 4th and Saturday, November 5th, 2016 and kicks off with a series of "Win and You're In" Challenge races that lead up to the World Championships.
Every year, the Breeders' Cup Championship continues to grow in popularity because of its prestige and keen level of competition.
The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is one of the newer races of the Breeders' Cup, as it seeks to find some of the best young lady sprinters in the world on the dirt. It's a tough race for sure to handicap, knowing that this isn't always a specialty that is watched with diligence even by the most knowledgeable horse handicappers, but it definitely could present some great opportunities for bettors.
Spelling Again ( Princess Rooney Handicap )
Haveyougoneaway ( Ballerina Stakes )
Irish Jasper ( Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes )
What's really going to make the Filly & Mare Sprint interesting is the fact that the horses who have the highest ratings on Prime Power aren't the ones who won these prep races as automatic qualifiers. By all accounts, Haveyougoneaway never really was a Grade 1 racer in her three-year career on the track, and at five-years old now, that doesn't seem to be changing. That said, she's at least going to open up as one of the favorites in the race at 3 to 1.
It's even worse for Irish Jasper, the winner of the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes. She's only run in one Grade 1 race in her career, and she's never even been anywhere near the West Coast to race.
Spelling Again is technically in the list of pre-entries for this race, but she isn't a given to race, and why should she? She finished seventh at the Ballerina Stakes, fifth at the non-graded Open Mind Stakes and sixth at the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes in her last three races. It's time for a reset, and the Breeders' Cup isn't generally the place to do that.
|Horse & Post Position||Odds||Trainer||Off Track Odds|
|1 – Paola Queen||20/1||Gustavo Delgado||Off Track Odds|
|2 – Haveyougoneaway||3/1||Thomas Morley||Off Track Odds|
|3 – Tara's Tango||8/1||Jerry Hollendorfer||Off Track Odds|
|4 – Gomo||20/1||Doug O'Neill||Off Track Odds|
|5 – Wonder Gal||30/1||Off Track Odds|
|6 – By the Moon||8/1||Michelle Nevin||Off Track Odds|
|7 – Gloryzapper||15/1||Philip D'Amato||Off Track Odds|
|8 – Carina Mia||7/2||William Mott||Off Track Odds|
|9 – Paulassilverlining||10/1||Michelle Nevin||Off Track Odds|
|10 – Wavell Avenue||6/1||Off Track Odds|
|11 – Irish Jasper||10/1||Chad Brown||Off Track Odds|
|12 – Finest City||12/1||Ian Kruljac||Off Track Odds|
|13 – Spelling Again||20/1||Brad Cox||Off Track Odds|
Since the top qualifiers for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint aren't largely the ones who are the favorites in this race itself, there's definitely a lot of contenders who are worth watching. Last year's winner, Wavell Avenue is considered a fringe contender at 6/1.
Carina Mia ( 7/2 ) is No. 1 in this field according to Prime Power, though Tara's Tango is definitely up there as well and is lined accordingly at 8 to 1.
Some of the fillies in this race, including Carina Mia and Tara's Tango, were trying to qualify for the Breeders' Cup Distaff and are used to running at much longer distances than this. It's going to be tough for either to ultimately take the step down and go from getting ready for a 1 1/8 mile race to a race at just seven furlongs, but both have incredible talent and could find success at this level.
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|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)||1 Mile (Turf)||2 Year Olds||$1 Million||5:25pm|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)||1 Mile||3 Year Olds & Up||$1 Million||6:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||2 Year Old Fillies||$1 Million||6:50pm|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)||1 1/8 miles||3 Year Olds & Up Fillies & Mares||$2 Million||7:35pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Year Old||$2 Million||3:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)||1 1/4 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||3:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)||7 furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||4:21pm|
|Geico Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1)||6.5 Furlongs (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||5:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Yr Old Colts||$2 Million||5:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)||1 1/2 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$3 Million||6:22pm|
|TwinSpires Breeders Cup Sprint (G1)||6 Furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1.5 Million||7:01pm|
|Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||7:40pm|
|Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)||1 1/4 miles||3 Yr Olds & Up||$5 Million||8:35pm|
* Times GMT and subject to change.
|1st||Groupie Doll||11||5||8-12||R Maragh||W Bradley|
|2nd||Judy The Beauty||9||4||8-12||L Saez||W Ward|
|3rd||Dance Card||4||4||8-12||J Castellano||C Brown|
|1st||Groupie Doll||9||4||8-12||R Maragh||W Bradley|
|2nd||Dust And Diamonds||3||4||8-12||J Leparoux||S Asmussen|
|3rd||Switch||10||5||8-12||G Gomez||J Sadler|
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