Breeders Cup: A look at the Turf Sprint

By The Rex Factor

The Breeders’ Cup added this race in 2008 when it expanded its card, and it’s likely the most exciting minute of the entire weekend, although not quite as dramatically as when they run it down the Santa Anita hill. Bobby’s Kitten (2) became the first 3-year old to win this race last year, coming from last and not even in the TV picture to charge through and get just one call from the track announcer before going by them all in the last furlong.

The defending champion is coming off an abbreviated and disappointing campaign, finishing seventh and ninth in his only two starts of the year. While the last three winners of this race have come from out of the clouds, two winners have also gone gate-to-wire. It’s a 16-horse field, so one would think anything can happen, yet the favorite has been in the exacta in five of the last six editions (none of that has ever been good for me personally!).

So who looks capable? Lady Shipman (5) is going to be the favorite, and her 7-for-9 mark on the year is impressive. This will be her first start against the boys. Undrafted (3) and Marchman (11) are the only two returnees from the 2014 edition of this race. Undrafted has been training sharply for the Wesley Ward barn that had all of its entries fire in the BC last year – he ran third last year by less than a half-length and was the lowest-finishing of the six Ward entries (two wins, three seconds and a third). The Great War (10) and Green Mask (7) are his other two in here, so don’t be surprised…

Pure Sensation (1) gets the rail and is coming off a sharp score in the Grade III Turf Monster Handicap in Philadelphia. No Silent (9) won the Grade III Eddie D. down the Santa Anita hill in his last prep. And I’ve only mentioned half of the field!

 

Have a look at our latest article, a Breeders’ Cup Preview.

 

What to know: Race 4 on the card; it’s the second of the nine Saturday Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland

Post time: 12:45 p.m. EDT

Purse: $1 million

Distance: 5 ½ furlongs

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