When: Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
Where: Santa Anita Park - Arcadia, California
Distance: 6 Furlongs
Age/Sex: 3 Yr Olds & Up
Purse: $1.5 Million
Post Time: 7:01pm
The $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf is for 3 year old horse and is the world’s fastest Thoroughbreds compete in the Sprint, sometimes achieving speeds nearing 40 M.P.H. in the stretch. This race is contested at 6 Furlongs for male and female horses.
The Breeders Cup qualifying races for the "Win and you're in" Breeders' Cup Challenge series consist of the Smile Sprint, Phoenix Stakes, Pat O'Brien Handicap and Ancient Title 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.
Only a total of nine horses signed up as entries for the Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Sprint, and that's going to probably give handicappers a tremendous chance to pick out the best in the field in the shortest race in the Breeders' Cup.
Delta Bluesman ( Smile Sprint Handicap )
Lord Nelson ( Bing Crosby Stakes / Santa Anita Sprint Championship )
A.P. Indian ( Forego Handicap / Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes )
Joking ( Vosburgh Invitational Stakes )
What stands out immediately is that there are two horses, A.P. Indian ( 4/1 ) and Lord Nelson ( 5/2 ) who won not just one, but two of the "Win and You're In" races for the Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Sprint. Lord Nelson captured the Bing Crosby Stakes and perhaps the most notable of the qualifiers, the Santa Anita Sprint Championship, while A.P. Indian took the title at the Forego Handicap and the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes.
Not surprisingly, these two are two of the favorites to ultimately win the TwinSpires Sprint.
Joking ( 15/1 ) and Delta Bluesman ( 15/1 ) were also winners of qualifiers, and they've both made their way to Santa Anita as well. Both though, are relative longshots in a nine-horse field. It isn't often that we see all of the qualifiers enter in Breeders' Cup races, but with so few entries in the Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Sprint, it's not a shock that around half the field is going to be made up of top class sprinters who have already qualified well.
|Horse & Post Position||Odds||Trainer||Off Track Odds|
|1 – Mind Your Biscuits||20/1||Robert Falcone, Jr.||Horse Track Odds|
|2 – Drefong||7/2||Bob Baffert||Horse Track Odds|
|3 – Delta Bluesman||15/1||Jorge Navarro||Horse Track Odds|
|4 – Joking||15/1||Charlton Baker||Horse Track Odds|
|5 – A.P. Indian||4/1||Arnaud Delacour||Horse Track Odds|
|6 – Lord Nelson||5/2||Bob Baffert||Horse Track Odds|
|7 – Masochistic||2/1||Ronald Ellis||Horse Track Odds|
|8 – Noholdingback Bear||15/1||Michael De Paulo||Horse Track Odds|
|9 – Limousine Liberal||15/1||Ben Colebrook||Horse Track Odds|
Bob Baffert actually has a relatively small amount of horses in the Breeders' Cup this year, but he's got two of the big boys in the Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Sprint. Lord Nelson ( 5/2 ) and his four straight wins will certainly end up being a big factor, but keep a really close eye on three-year old Drefong as well.
Drefong ( 7/2 ) has four wins in his first career races, and he's won those four in his last four starts after a poor first run in his maiden effort. He's familiar with this track having won twice here, and in his last run at the King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga, he stormed to a 3 1/4 length victory, a massive win for a sprint race held at just a total of seven furlongs.
What's great to see about this race is that all of these horses have been favorites in a lot of their races over the years. Even Delta Bluesman, with 45 career races under his belt, was a favorite in five of his last 10 races, albeit none of which were anywhere near at a Grade 1 level.
Joking, who has hit the board 26 times in 39 career races, might be the exception to the rule. He wasn't supposed to win the Vosburgh Invitational to qualify for the Breeders' Cup TwinSpires Sprint, but he did just that at 4 to 1 against a field of just seven, and that certainly makes him a threat as well.
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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||Secret Circle||9||4||9-0||M Garcia||B Baffert|
|2nd||Laugh Track||12||4||9-0||M Smith||M Casse|
|3rd||Gentlemen's Bet||3||4||9-0||J Castellano||R Moquett|
|1st||Trinniberg||9||3||8-12||W Martinez||S Parbhoo|
|2nd||The Lumber Guy||7||3||8-12||J Velazquez||M Hushion|
|3rd||Smiling Tiger||10||5||9-0||R Dominguez||J Bonde|
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