BREEDERS' CUP TURF SPRINT

Purse: $1,000,000 Surface: Turf Distance: 6.5 Furlongs

Saturday, Nov 5th, 2016 Race 7 Post Time: 5:05 pm ET

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By Michelle Yu, BetAmerica VIP Manager

1st Choice: #10 AMBITIOUS BREW (10/1)

There is a chance that Ambitious Brew, a mere Cal bred is in over his head.  But he is horse for course and that counts mightily when you are talking about the downhill turf course at Santa Anita.  He is a five time winner down the hill and that could make up where he might lack in pedigree.  He also has Money Mike Smith, the leading Breeders’ Cup rider in the irons.

2nd Choice: #8 WASHINGTON DC (8/1)

A late closing sprinter I think that the big key to this horse will be getting the firm going.  He has run well on less than but really excelled with good/fast ground.   I like that he has been successful going right, left and straight which is notable on the downhill with the unique

configuration.  I don’t know how much ground he can gobble up but it is going to have to be significant.

3rd Choice: #2 OBVIOUSLY (6/1)

This former miler might have lost a step late down the lane but his early gas is still there and he will be using it.  I anticipate a low 21 possibly a 20 and change opening quarter from this fleet elder statesman.  He hasn’t had the best record on the hill but that was years ago and he had a different mentality then.  He will be a force and is excellently placed here.

2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Entries

PostHorseJockeyTrainerOddsRecordEarnings
1
Pure Sensation (FL)
K Carmouche
C Clement
5-1
18-7-4-2
$838,415
2
Obviously (IRE)
F Prat
P D'Amato
6-1
28-12-6-4
$1,771,751
3
Mongolian Saturday (KY)
C Montalvo
E Ganbat
12-1
36-8-8-6
$1,129,681
4
Home of The Brave (IRE)
J Doyle
H Palmer
12-1
12-4-3-1
$284,680
5
Karar (GB)
G Benoist
F Graffard
15-1
12-3-4-1
$204,341
6
Calgary Cat (ON)
L Contreras
K Attard
20-1
27-12-4-3
$860,521
7
Suedois (FR)
D A Tudhope
D O'Meara
10-1
25-6-8-4
$545,136
8
Washington DC (IRE)
R L Moore
A P O'Brien
8-1
15-4-7-1
$521,867
9
A Lot (KY)
J Castellano
C C Brown
8-1
16-4-6-2
$474,240
10
Ambitious Brew (CA)
M E Smith
M F Jones
10-1
20-7-7-0
$499,225

Who won the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint?

Mongolian Saturday was a longshot play when he beat a full field in last year’s BC Sprint, paying $33.80 to win.

What year was the Turf Sprint added to the Breeders’ Cup?

The Turf Sprint is a new addition to the Breeders’ Cup. The 2016 edition will only be the 9th running of the event.

Which horse has won the Turf Sprint more than once?

Mizdirection won the Turf Sprint in 2012 and 2013, earning multiple wins for her trainer Mike Puype,  jockey Mike Smith, and owner Jungle Stable (Jim Rome).

Who was the oldest horse to win the Turf Sprint?

Chamberlain Bridge won the Turf Sprint in 2010, at the age of 6, though he was second in the race  in 2013 as a 9-year-old.

Previous Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Winners

YEARHORSEAGEJOCKEYTRAINEROWNERDISTANCEWINNING TIME
2018
Stormy Liberal
6
Drayden Van Dyke
Peter Miller
Rockingham Ranch
5½ f
1:04.50
2017
Stormy Liberal
5
Joel Rosario
Peter Miller
Rockingham Ranch
5 f
00:56.12
2016
Obviously
8
Flavien Prat
Philip D'Amato
Anthony Fanticola & Joseph Scardino
abt.  6 1⁄2 f
01:11.3
2015
Mongolian Saturday
5
Florent Geroux
Enebish Ganbat
Mongolian Stable
abt.  5 1⁄2 f
01:03.2
2014
Bobby's Kitten
3
Joel Rosario
Chad Brown
Ken & Sarah Ramsey
abt.  6 1⁄2 f
01:12.7
2013
Mizdirection
5
Mike Smith
Mike Puype
Jungle Racing/KMN Racing et al.
abt.  6 1⁄2 f
01:12.2
2012
Mizdirection
4
Mike Smith
Mike Puype
Jungle Racing/KMN Racing et al.
abt.  6 1⁄2 f
01:11.4
2011
Regally Ready
4
Corey Nakatani
Steve Asmussen
Vinery Stable
5 f
00:56.5
2010
Chamberlain Bridge
6
Jamie Theriot
Bret Calhoun
Carl Moore Management
5 f
00:56.5
2009
California Flag
5
Joe Talamo
Brian Koriner
Hi Card Ranch
abt.  6 1⁄2 f
01:11.3