Breeders Cup: A look at the Sprint
By The Rex Factor
The fastest of the fast dirt horses on Breeders Cup in the world take to the Keeneland oval; sometimes the speed can outlast them all as it did for 2014 winner Work All Week. If likely favorite Runhappy (5) breaks badly (dead last) like he did in his last two starts, he might just find the going too tough to get past the other 14 horses. Then again, he won the Grade III Phoenix last out at this course and distance, and a Grade I in his previous start, so the aptly-named 3-year old sprinter could be real tough to catch at the end if he bothers to break at all. Just one 3-year old has won this race in the last nine years, however.
Private Zone (13) is the morning line favorite and is coming into this race very strongly after finishing third at Santa Anita in this spot in 2014. Returning off a two-month break has been proven successful in previous Sprints.
Those are the only two entries that are lined at less than 10-to-1 in the morning; perhaps something to look at are high-priced horses with good winning percentages; last year’s winner was sent off at 19-to-1 yet was 11-for-14 lifetime. That would at least make you consider longshot Ivan Fallunovalot (6), who is 11-for-19 lifetime but is really stepping up in class. Jockey Calvin Borel thought highly enough of him to go win Remington Park Spring Cup last month and stays on here.
Masochistic (9) had won six of seven starts dating to last year before butting heads with Wild Dude (8) twice and losing in his last two. Wild Dude has won four of his six career starts at this distance. Salutos Amigos (10) ran seventh in this race last year but was coming back off just a week layoff and appears to be rounding into form again.
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What to know: Race 7 on the card; it’s the fifth of the nine Saturday Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland
Post time: 2:50 p.m. EDT
Purse: $1.5 million
Distance: 6 furlongs
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