Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Preview
Monday, October 21, 2013 17:30:00
The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint will take place earlier in the second day of the World Chapionships, Saturday, November 2nd. The quirky downhill 6.5-furlong course at Santa Anita is always the source of some excitement as some of the contenders will be trying it for the first time. A pair of gals could vie for favoritism in this open race.
Those leading ladies figure to be 5-year-old returning champion, Mizdirection, and 4-year-old filly Reneesgotzip, although the latter figures to be cross entered in multiple spots. Mizdirection comes in off a layoff of about 4-months, but she has been tearing up the training track in the morning. She is a perfect 5-for-5 over the Santa Anita turf and four of those were over the 6.5-furlong strip in stakes company including last year’s BC triumph. A record like that is tough to ignore. Reneesgotzip has only raced on the lawn twice which resulted in a stakes win at 6-furlongs and a third in last year’s edition of this race. Her last race came over the synthetic surface at Del Mar and resulted in a devastating 6.5-furlong score, so her form, as well as her speed, must be respected regardless of the spot she ends up in.
The top four runners from September’s Grade 3 Eddie D over this strip are all expected to show up in this race. Those runners, in respective order of finish, are the forwardly placed Chips All In, the late-flying Boat Trip, last year’s BC Turf Sprint favorite Unbridled’s Note, and veteran Caracortado who returned from a 21-month layoff to give a respectable account of himself. If that race was as good as it looked, all four of these guys will enter the gate as legitimate contenders. Of them, Caracortado is probably the most curious of the group. This six-year-old has been injury riddled the past couple of years, but has hinted at serious talent in his career and won his only start over this course in the G3 Daytona Stakes in January of 2012 – his most recent start before the Eddie D. He made a strong move that looked like a winning one in September’s contest before flattening out. The connections almost certainly had this race in mind, so at the very least, expect an improved effort here.
Lethal Force seems to be the only probable European shipper for this race, and while there might be more to offer from that side of the pond, this guy notched two G1 wins in turf sprints over the summer and could prove a force to be reckoned with. Havelock finished well back of Lethal force in both of those G1 summer scores, but he bounced back nicely after returning to the states and handling the G3 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland in the beginning of this month. While this guy clearly has some talent, he seems to struggle in deep fields.
Other possible runners include Fed Biz, who seems more likely to end up elsewhere, Tightend Touchdown and Spring to the Sky, who would be getting a serious litmus test against the likes of these, and finally Capo Bastone, who had reportedly been working out with this race in mind. He’s a tough one to figure out, but is no stranger to lighting up the tote board with a shocker.
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