As far as the Breeders’ Cup races go, the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
is a fairly new race. It was first run in 2007 when the championship races were held at Monmouth Park
. In 2007 and 2008, the race was simply a million dollar ungraded stakes race; it was not until 2009 that the F&M Sprint received its current Grade 1 status. Because of its short-lived status, the race has only been run at 3 different tracks: Monmouth Park, Santa Anita Park
, and Churchill Downs
. With that in mind, here are some more defining numbers for the race.
0—The number of times a horse, jockey, owner, or trainer has won the F&M Sprint more than once.
½--The smallest margin of victory, recorded by Maryfield
in the very first running of the Filly and Mare Sprint.
1—The number of times each either a 5 or 6-year old mare has won the race (Maryfield, 6, in 2007 and Dubai Majesty
, 5, in 2010).
2—The number of times Switch
, who will likely run in this year's edition, has finished second in the F&M Sprint.
3—The number of times a 4-year old filly has won the race (Ventura 2008, Informed Decision
2009, and Musical Romance 2011). Consequently, no 3-year old has ever won the Sprint.
4—The largest margin of victory in lengths, recorded by Ventura
in the 2008 renewal of the race.
5—The number of total Breeders' Cup Filly & Sprint winners so far ... no one has been able to win two.
6—The length in furlongs of the inaugural running of the Sprint due to the configuration of Monmouth’s track.
7—The length in furlongs at which the F&M Sprint is
1.19:90—The fastest time recorded in the Sprint at its current distance. Ventura set this mark in 2008.
1.23:47—The slowest time recorded in the F&M Sprint at its current distance. Musical Romance
stopped the clock in this time in last year’s edition of the race.