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2013 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint: Weekly News & Notes

Chips All In wins 2013 Eddie D.
Photo: Benoit Photography

 

The connections of Phil’s Dream, winner of the “Win and You’re In” Grade 1 Nearctic Stakes at Woodbine on 10/13, have decided to pass on a trip to California next month, since he is not Breeders’ Cup nominated. This is rather disappointing considering none of the other 3 automatic qualifiers (Black Caviar, Jwala and Pointsoffthebench) will be contesting the Turf Sprint, though Pointsoffthebench will be in the Sprint.

 

Boat Trip, 2nd last out in Santa Anita’s Eddie D Stakes, worked 4 furlongs handily in 48.40 seconds over the Santa Anita main track on 10/13.

 

The winner of the Grade 1 King’s Bishop, Capo Bastone, will make his first grass start in the Turf Sprint. The 3-year-old son of Street Boss has been working every 7 days with his last drill being a 5-furlong breeze in 1:00.67 over the Belmont dirt training track on 10/19.

 

Caracortado was a close fourth last out in the Eddie D off a 20-month layoff. He’s been working steadily, with his last being 6 furlongs in 1:12.20 handily over the Santa Anita main track on 10/19.

 

Eddie D winner, Chips All In, was last seen working 5 furlongs over the Santa Anita turf on 10/19 in 1:00.60.

 

Great Mills is still being considered for the Turf Sprint after a 10th place finish in Keeneland’s Woodford Stakes on 10/5. He bounced back from that disappointing effort with 2 works this week: a 4-furlong breeze in 51.40 on 10/14 & a 5-furlong breeze in 1:02 on 10/21, both over Churchill Downs main track.

 

Havelock returned from his European vacation last summer with a resounding win in the Woodford Stakes. Since that effort, Havelock got back to work with a 4-furlong breeze over the Churchill Downs training track in 50 seconds on 10/20.

 

Jeranimo has not raced down the hill, but is a multiple graded stakes winner over the Santa Anita lawn. In preparation for his return to racing's biggest stage, the 7-year-old veteran worked 4 furlongs in 48.40 on the Santa Anita main track on 10/13.

 

Last year’s champion, Mizdirection, has not been to the races since June, but has been working like a machine the last few months in preparation of a title defense. Her last work was a sizzling 7-furlongs in 1:24.00 over the Santa Anita lawn.

 

East Coast contender, Tightend Touchdown, last worked 3 furlongs in 38.16 breezing over the Belmont training track.

 

Tour Guide, 3rd to Havelock last out, is being considered for the Turf Sprint and had 2 breezes in the last week at Churchill Downs (4 fur. 50.40 on 10/13 & 5 fur. 1:01.00 on 10/21).

 

Unbridled’s Note, runner up to Mizdirection in 2012, is tuning up at Santa Anita with a 5-furlong work in 1:00.20 handily over the main track on 10/14.

 

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Older Comments about 2013 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint: Weekly News & Notes...

18 horses come together from all directions here. Wonder when LaPenta decided to go in this direction with Jeranimo. After the San Gabriel win in Jan., the Arlington Million was the target but things changed. Handsome Mike would be an interesting price play if he gets in, Reddam receiving the trophy from the Geico gecko seems apt.
(…Tightend Touchdown…? associate with Jimmy Graham…)
What won't they try with Jeranimo? GL with that. Maybe though, because they need to close faster than they did in the SA prep, the Eddie D, and Jeranimo can do that. I like Boat Trip and Reneesgotzip best in this, at this point.
I really would have liked to see Phil's Dream run in the Turf Sprint. Now It is all about whether Mizdirection has her running shoes on, cause it will be tough to beat.
Tour Guide and Caracortago
The wildcard being Reneesgotzip.
Not a ton of early speed lining up for this. Think you'll see Mizdirection much closer to the pace this year.
Looks like Caracortado will have a large fan base on BC Day.
It's going to be interesting to see what kind of field comes together for this race.

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My interest in the Sport of Kings goes back over 25 years with my father taking me with his friends to the old Ak-Sar-Ben Race Course in Omaha, NE.  From those early experiences I was able to read the Daily Racing Form before the age of 10.  Once The Woodlands opened in Kansas City in 1988, I became totally hooked on the sport studying racing charts after homework and tennis practice.  In recent years, with the explosion of handicapping tournaments, my love for handicapping the races has risen to a new level.  Primarily focused on New York, Chicago and Louisiana racing, I have now been forced to study races far and wide in attempt to find “cap horses” in the tournaments I play.  I have also dabbled in horse ownership within syndicates and on my own.

 

My fondest memories in racing include Silver Charm’s 1997 Kentucky Derby victory.  Both my father and I selected him, which made for a memorable day.  The best race I’ve seen was Tiznow’s first Breeders Cup Classic win in 2000 when he outdueled Giant’s Causeway down the length of the Churchill Downs stretch.   My biggest windfall as a gambler was a pool-scooping pick-4 win, paying over $6,600 at The Woodlands in 2005.

 

The point of this blog is to get everyone out there a few winners, but also to go in depth at how I come to the conclusions that I do.  From week to week, I’ll explain angles I think are important to locate winners.  I encourage others to post picks they like too, but please explain how you come to your conclusions.  That way everyone can learn a little more about this great game, and add another weapon to their handicapping arsenal.-Best of luck, Jasen Mangrum