When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Where: Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego, California
Distance: 6.5 Furlongs (Turf)
Age/Sex: 3 Yr Olds & Up
Purse: $1 Million
Post Time: 5:05pm
The 34th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will have a total of 14 races spread out over two days at Del Mar Racetrack, in San Diego, California on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, 4th, 2017 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 shortest race in the history of the Breeders' Cup is also the one that has produced the oldest winner in the world championships' history. After a 2016 victory by eight-year old Obviously in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, the race has been shortened to just five furlongs. This is the third year in a row that the Breeders' Cup has changed the length of the Turf Sprint, and it will open up some opportunities for the colts and mares who have the biggest bursts over the course of just 55 or so seconds.
The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint now has five automatic qualifying races to fill its 12 spots at the starting gate. None of the five races are held in the United States. Not surprisingly, that provides us with some tremendous international flare at the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
Of the five automatic qualifiers, though, only Marsha, the winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes, is expected to run in the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.
The favorite of this event is Lady Aurelia, who finished second-best to Marsha in the Nunthorpe in her last race. These two figure to be the two top choices regardless of the rest of the field.
2015 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner, Mongolian Saturday is expected to give this race a shot for the third straight year, though he'll surely be a longshot this time around since he hasn't won a race yet in 2017.
1: Disco Partner 9-2 / Off Track Odds
2: Holding Gold 15-1 / Off Track Odds
3: Lady Aurelia 5-2 / Off Track Odds
4: Stormy Liberal 12-1 / Off Track Odds
5: Washington DC 20-1 / Off Track Odds
6: Marsha 7-2 / Off Track Odds
7: Richard's Boy 10-1 / Off Track Odds
8: Cotai Glory 20-1 / Off Track Odds
9: Mongolian Saturday 20-1 / Off Track Odds
10: Hogy 12-1 / Off Track Odds
11: Bucchero 12-1 / Off Track Odds
12: Pure Sensation 10-1 / Off Track Odds
Even though there's a former Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner in this field (Mongolian Saturday), all signs are pointing towards a changing of the guard at the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. Great Britain has a slew of big time thoroughbreds coming over to the Breeders' Cup this year, but few are better than the two running in this race.
The only reason neither Lady Aurelia nor Marsha are the odds-on favorite in this race is because of the presence of the other. Disco Partner is the only other horse in the field with a price of less than 10 to 1 on his head, and it's a long way back from him to the rest of the double-digit longshots.
Still, Lady Aurelia is just three-years old and has been a favorite everywhere she has gone, even running against the boys and those who are significantly older and more experienced than she is. Marsha pipped her at the Nunthorpe Stakes, an automatic qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, but that isn't a reason to think that the sassy lass from Britain can't ultimately get the job done.
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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||Mizdirection||12||5||8-11||M Smith||M Puype|
|2nd||Tightend Touchdown||7||4||9-0||J Castellano||J Servis|
|2nd||Reneesgotzip||4||4||8-11||E Maldonado||P Miller|
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