Las Vegas, NV - Santa Anita Park in Arcadia California will have the eyes and ears of the horse racing world squarely fixed upon it this weekend. One of the more interesting races on the two-day packed schedule is the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint for females three year olds and upward. A purse of $1 million will be on the line for those willing to go seven furlongs on Santa Anita's dirt track.
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A large field of 12 will take to Santa Anita's main track in race 6 on the Breeders' Cup Saturday card. Post time is 1:21 PM. Let's take a look into the past performances of all 12 entries for this most interesting Grade 1 female Sprint.
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2013 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Race Favorite Entries
Groupie Doll - reigning Eclipse Award winner for Female Sprinter and defending champion in this race placed in all nine of her 2012 starts including wins in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes and the 2012 version of this race but has just three starts since a second place finish in the Grade 1 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct November 24 - only one win. She started 2013 with an OK third in the Grade 3 Gardenia at Ellis Park August 10 and then went on to win the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters September 9. Last time out was an OK third in the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland October 5. She has placed in her last 13 starts with seven wins and despite only winning once this year and being lightly raced is the 5-2 morning line favorite Saturday. Raviv Maragh gets the call from post 11.
Dance to Bristol - has finished with first or second in 18 of her 19 career starts. She had a terrific seven race win streak interrupted last time out with a second in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park September 21. The wins include the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes August 23, the Grade 2 Honorable Miss July 29, the Grade 3 Bed o' Roses Handicap at Belmont Park in her graded stakes debut, the minor Skipcat Stakes by 4 3/4 lengths at Pimlico May 17 and the minor Sugar Maple Stakes by nine lengths with a Beyer Speed figure of 106 at Charles Town April 20. She has been on a tear the last 10 months - nobody would be shocked to see her emerge victorious. Dance to Bristol is currently listed at 5-1 odds and departs from post 8 with Xavier Perez in the saddle.
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Book Review - Bob Baffert trained filly had a very impressive win in the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes over Reneesgotzip and the dominant My Miss Aurelia on December 26 after a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Gazelle. She started 2013 with a pair of good seconds - the Grade 2 Santa Maria as 11-10 favorite and the Grade 2 La Canada before that. Last time out was another second - in the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes August 23 after her only win in four starts this year - the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park July 13. She has six wins and two seconds in her last 10 starts overall and should be considered a threat Saturday. She starts from post 2 with Rafael Bejarano in the reins at 6-1 odds.
Teddy's Promise - Teddy's Promise is a graded stakes winner that finished eighth in the 2012 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint before a win in the minor Kalookan Queen Stakes December 29 by 5 1/4 lengths and a convincing three length win in the Grade 2 Santa Monica Stakes January 26. She followed that with a decent second in the Grade 3 Las Flores Stakes at Santa Anita March 10 and a pair of good results in minor stakes starts. Teddy's Promise is coming off her third win of the year - the minor L.A. Woman Stakes here October 5 after an OK second in the Grade 2 A Gleam Handicap at Hollywood Park in July. Victor Espinoza gets the call and will line up in post 5 at 6-1 odds.
Judy the Beauty - Wesley Ward trained filly has five wins and six seconds and a third in 12 career starts but is coming off a career defining win - the Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland October 5 after an OK third in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Maters September 9. Before that was a pair of good seconds - in the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap behind Starship Truffles at Calder July 6 after a second in the Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill Downs in May. She finally broke through with a win in graded Stakes company last time out after knocking on the door for 2 1/2 years - the confidence has to be sky high. Judy the Beauty leaves from post 9 with John Velazquez aboard Saturday.
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Sweet Lulu - Jerry Hollendorfer trained filly has five starts in her career winning his first four - the Grade 1 Test Stakes over Wildcat Lily and My Happy Face August 14, an Allowance Optional Claiming at Del Mar, an Allowance score at Hollywood Park in June and a MSW win at Hollywood Park in May. Las time out was her first loss but it was a decent second in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx September 21. She may be lightly raced but has looked stellar every time out. She is back to a more comfortable sprint distance and goes off at 8-1 odds from the far outside with Julien Leparoux guiding her.
Dance Card - has six career starts for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin with four straight wins ahead of the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom September 21 where she finished third - the Grade 1 Gazelle Stakes in November 2012, the minor Belle Cherie September 2012, an Allowance Optional Claiming and a Maiden Special Weight before that. She races for just the second time in a year Saturday and is listed at 8-1 odds. Joel Rosario will be aboard from post 4.
Summer Applause - has recorded six wins, and three seconds in 14 career starts and has won two of her last four starts - the Grade 3 Distaff Stakes May 18 at Pimlico and the minor Lady's Secret Stakes August 25 with a disappointing fifth in the Grade 1 Delaware Handicap sandwiched in there. Last time out was a good second in the Grade 1 Juddmonte Spinster October 6 at Keeneland. Other results this year include a win in the Grade 2 Top Flight Handicap at Aqueduct in March, a fourth in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom in April and a sixth in the inaugural Houston Ladies Classic Stakes at Sam Houston January 26 to start her year. She has been a tad up and down but has two wins and a second in his last four starts ahead of this weekend. Summer Applause will be sent off at 12-1 odds - Javier Castellano gets the mount from post 7.
Starship Truffles - Martin Woolfson trained filly has had a very good year so far - 10 starts with five wins and a second place finish. She enters the weekend off a third in the minor Musical Romance Stakes at Gulfstream September 21 after an ugly sixth in the Grade 1 Ballerina Stakes August 23 and a two race win streak - the Grade 1 Princess Rooney Handicap by 3 3/4 lengths over Judy the Beauty at Calder July 6 being by far her biggest score. She has two wins and a third in her last four starts overall and her recent Grade 1 score proves she belongs. Starship Truffels will have Gary Stevens in the saddle from post 3 at 15-1 odds.
Great Hot - Brazilian bred Great was a distant ninth in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and followed that with a third in the Kalookan Queen Stakes to end her 2012 campaign. Results this year include an impressive win (her first in 13 races) and a career best 98 Beyer Speed Figure in the Grade 2 Santa Maria Stakes in February with Gary Stevens aboard, a pair of fourths - in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch and in the Grade 1 Santa Margarita in March, an ugly eighth in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien and a second last time out in the minor L.A. Woman Stakes on this track October 5. She is 20-1 on the morning line.
Ismene - races in graded stakes company for the first time Saturday but has four second place finishes in six starts this year including the Irish O`Brien Strakes here in March and the California Distaff Handicap last time out also on this track. She will have Mike Smith in the saddle from post 6 at 20-1 odds Saturday.
Renee's Titan - started her year with a terrific win in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez on this track in January but has struggled since. A pair of eighths followed that score - the Grade 1 Las Virgenes and the Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes and what came next was a disaster - a thirteenth in the Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs in May. Last time out was a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming here October 10 after five months away. She lines up from the rail and is the longest shot in the field at 30-1 odds. Mario Gutierrez gets the call.
2013 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Entries & Odds
Race 6 on Santa Anita Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 1:21 PM.
|1||Renee's Titan||M. Gutierrez||D. O'Neill|
|2||Book Review||R. Bejarano||B. Baffert|
|3||Starship Truffles||G. Stevens||M. Wolfson|
|4||Dance Card||J. Rosario||K. McLaughlin|
|5||Teddy's Promise||V. Espinoza||R. Ellis|
|6||Ismene||M. Smith||W. Spawr|
|7||Summer Applause||J. Castellano||C. Brown|
|8||Dance to Bristol||X. Perez||O. Figgins, III|
|9||Judy the Beauty||J. Velazquez||W. Ward|
|10||Great Hot (BRZ)||C. Sutherland Kruse||A. Avila|
|11||Groupie Doll||R. Maragh||W. Bradley|
|12||Sweet Lulu||J. Leparoux||J. Hollendorfer|
|Breeders' Cup Race||Grade||Purse||Date|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||I||$1,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff||I||$2,000,000||November 4|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Sprint||I||$1,500,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Mile||I||$2,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Turf||I||$4,000,000||November 5|
|Breeders' Cup Classic||I||$6,000,000||November 5|