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2012 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint: Who's in?

Turbulent Descent Ballerina
Next week’s Gallant Bloom Handicap is the third “Win and You’re In” race for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. Run at 6 ½ furlongs, the Gallant Bloom is just half a furlong shy of the Filly & Mare Sprint Distance and looks to draw a solid field that will likely include defending F&M Sprint champion Musical Romance. But before we look forward to the Gallant Bloom, let’s take a look back at the first two “Win and You’re In” races for the F&M Sprint.
The G2 A Gleam Handicap, run on July 14 at Betfair Hollywood Park, was the first of four “Win and You’re In” races for the Filly & Mare Sprint. The race drew a field of 8, but only 7 entered the gate after Moonstruck Maya was scratched. The race drew a competitive field, and bettors had difficulty separating the favorites from the longshots, as evidenced by the post time odds. With the exception of Mildly Offensive, the entire field was sent off at odds of 9.3 - 1 or less, with the eventual winner Switch being sent off at a bettor’s dream of 2.3 - 1, pretty fair odds for the favorite.
Trailing through the first half, jockey Garrett Gomez sent his charge on the turn. They were swung four wide into the stretch, but the extra distance proved of little concern to Switch, who gained the lead in deep stretch to best Sugarinthemorning by 1 ¾ lengths at the wire. Switch completed the 7 furlongs in a solid 1:24.37 for trainer John Sadler and owner C R K Stable.
Next up in the Filly and Mare Sprint series was the G1 Ballerina Stakes, run on August 24 at Saratoga. The race drew a field of seven, but the scratch of It’s Tricky left the Ballerina with just six starters. Unlike the A Gleam, bettors knew who their top choices were, and odds ranged from 0.45 - 1 to 30.5 - 1. Favorite Turbulent Descent did not let her backers down despite bumping with Nicole H at the start. The 4-year old filly settled into a stalking position under Hall-of-Famer John Velazquez, gained the lead at the top of the stretch, and won by 1 ¼ lengths over second place finisher Derwin’s Star. Turbulent Descent completed the 7 furlongs in 1:22.13 for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith.
Switch and Turbulent Descent have already stamped their tickets to the Breeders’ Cup, but there are still two more automatic berth spots available. One will be decided next weekend in the Gallant Bloom Handicap, and the second will be decided on October 6 in the G2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland. Besides Musical Romance, the Gallant Bloom is likely to attract Turbulent Descent, Mildly Offensive, Emma’s Encore, C C’s Pal, Judy the Beauty, and Island Bound


What the Nation is saying about 2012 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint: Who's in?...

Dust and Diamonds in this F&M Sprint
If John Gosden so chooses to bring them both to America for the BC F&M Turf? He's got Izzi Top with a "win and your in" for winning the G1 Pretty Polly Stakes in Ireland. She just finished 2nd in the G1 Prix De l'Opera at Longchamp on Arc day, Sunday. He also has star 3YO filly, The Fugue, with a "win and your in" slot for her win in the G1 Nassau Stakes at Goodwood earlier in the season, too. Both of those fillies could be huge players in the F&M Turf if Gosden brings them? It sound like The Fugue is pretty certain to be sent but I haven't heard yet one way or another if Izzi Top is going to be sent to Santa Anita or not?
I won some money on Musical Romance last year, Matt, but ... Groupie Doll has always been my girl.
Is the question which other filly(ies) beside Groupie Doll, Musical Romance, Turbulent Descent-that has, surprisingly to me gotten faster, so now I can like her, and Switch that everyone, even those on uncharted islands, now know is a 7f sprinter, belong in the BC f&m Sprint? CC's Pal, just needs to move up a notch in class; very consistent. Out in Ca--including her since the BC is at SA, Sugarinthemorning. She must enjoy coming in second. Look at that collection of place finishes, so she can't be counted out, but not really thinking of her as the winner. What about the relative newcomer, Winding Way? Then there are some miler girls who might not be ready to face males in the dirt or turf miles(Contested), and shorter distance sprint females that might try this race as opposed to the hill. Here's my BC F & M Sprint pick if she's in the gate: Groupie Doll.
Brian, you're abandoning Musical Romance?
I like Groupie Doll, too, though I have learned to respect Musical Romance and Turbulent Descent was my choice last year.
Solid division ... Groupie Doll is my girl, but many possible winners in 48 days!


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Despite growing up in a non-horse racing state, Ashley has been a fan of the sport since a young age. Her love for horse racing was fostered through the kids’ book series Thoroughbred by Joanna Campbell, and it was her love of reading and horses that led her to educate herself on the ins and outs of the sport. Since becoming actively involved in the industry just a few short years ago, Ashley has had the opportunity to meet many important players in the industry, attend the Eclipse Awards, see personal favorite Mucho Macho Man race twice in person, and get to personally meet and befriend many of the fantastic fans and horsemen involved in the sport.


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An alumni of Macon State College, Ashley lives in Central Georgia with her husband Chris and their two sons Charlie and Michael. When she is not covering the races, Ashley works with insurance claims, a job she is able to do from home in order to spend as much time as possible with her family. Aside from horse racing, Ashley is passionate about football, reading, and history and hopes to someday author a historical work covering the Tudor period as well as biographies of horse racing’s stars, equine and human alike.