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The most important prep for the 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint was last month’s
Eddie D. Stakes (G3) here’s at Santa Anita Park. Five runners from the Eddie D. return to try and take down last year’s champion, Mizdirection. Off since June,
Mizdirection is attempting to win again off a lengthy layoff (last year she
didn’t race since May 27th) for her famous owner’s (Jim Rome)
partnership, Jungle Racing and others. According to trainer Mike Puype,
Mizdirection is training great and coming into the race just as good as last
year, if not better. This year’s rendition of the Turf Sprint stacks up as one
of the toughest with the top 3 finishers from last year returning, other course
specialists and multiple graded stakes winners from the East Coast and Canada.
Here’s a look at the Turf Sprint field from the rail out:
1. Jeranimo 15/1 (V. Espinoza/M. Pender)
2. Rock Me Baby 30/1 (J. Talamo/C. Dollase)
3. Chips All In 5/1 (J. Leparoux/J. Mullins)
4. Reneesgotzip 5/1 (E. Maldonado/P. Miller)
5. Caracortado 8/1 (G. Stevens/M. Machowsky)
6. Boat Trip 8/1 (R. Bejarano/M. Pender)
7. Tightend Touchdown 15/1 (J. Castellano/J. Servis)
8. Handsome Mike 30/1 (M. Gutierrez/D. O’Neill)
9. Capo Bastone 8/1 (J. Rosario/T. Pletcher)
10. Havelock 10/1 (J. Graham/D. Miller)
11. Spring to the Sky 30/1 (J. Velazquez/B. Brown)
12. Mizdirection 4/1 (M. Smith/M. Puype)
13. Dimension 12/1 (D. Moran/C. Murphy)
14. Unbridled’s Note 8/1 (C. Nakatani/S. Asmussen)
Last year Mizdirection won this race from off the pace, and
it looks like a similar strategy should be used to get the victory, since there
looks to be a lot of early speed with the presence of Reneesgotzip, Tightend
Touchdown, Spring to the Sky and Dimension. Both Chips All In and Handsome Mike
could also add to the early pace, though they are not “need the lead” types.
With a quick early pace projected again this year, I will
lean towards Unbridled’s Note to rally late and turn the tables on
Mizdirection. Second in the 2012 Turf Sprint as the favorite and 3rd in the aforementioned
Eddie D. Stakes, Unbridled’s Note has a good record over the course (4-2-1-1),
drawn well to the outside and offers great value at anywhere close to his
morning line odds of 8/1. Last time out, Unbridled’s Note shuffled back around the turn, boxed in upper stretch and finally got out to finish nicely though too late to challenge the winner, Chips All In. Look for him to
improve off that effort, as it was his first start in nearly 5 months.
Mizdiretion is an obvious contender, but coming into a race of
this magnitude off such a long break is difficult, though she did it last year.
Plus, this year she’s going to be at least half the price and offers no value
in a very contentious race. She needs to be included in all exotics considering she's undefeated down the hill, should get a fast early pace and has a favorable post, but I’m
definitely looking to beat her.
Caracortado was off since January 2012 before his 4th
place finish in the Eddie D., so saying he needed a race is an understatement.
He owns 2 victories over the course including one at the unique 6 ½ furlong
distance. Expect a major improvement off his last, as he appeared to tire in
the last 50 yards after looming boldly in midstretch.
#14 Unbridled’s Note