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2012 Breeders' Cup Sprint: By the Numbers

 

This post kicks off a series of Breeders' Cup Sprint articles leading up to the first Saturday in November.  The Sprint is one of the original Breeders’ Cup races, having been contested 28 times beginning with the inaugural event at Hollywood Park in 1984.  Here’s a closer look at the race by the numbers.

 

3: The number of trainers who have won the Sprint more than once.  Bob Baffert leads the pack with three sprint victories, including two with champion Midnight Lute.  Jenine Sahadi won it in back to back years (1996 and 1997) with Lit de Justice and Elmhurst, and D. Wayne Lukas also has a pair of wins in the $1.5 million dollar race.

 

1:07.08:  The fastest time the race’s 6 furlongs have been completed.  Midnight Lute did it in 2008 while capturing his second consecutive BC Sprint.

 

125: Highest Beyer Speed Figure of the BC Sprint winner. Precisionist earned it in just the second running of the race.  The second highest belongs to Artax, with a 124 in the 1999 Sprint.

 

4:  The most wins by a jockey in the BC Sprint.  Corey Nakatani sped home on Lit de Justice and Elmhurst in 1996 and 1997, Reraise for Craig Dollase in 1998, and Thor’s Echo for Doug O’Neill in 2006.

 

6:  The number of wins by a horse breaking from the 5-hole, more than any other post position. Post 3 has tallied the second highest number of victories with 5.

 

12.4:  Average number of starters. The fewest to leave the gate was 8, in 2008.  A full field of 14 has contested the sprint in 11 of the 28 runnings.

 

2:  Most wins by an owner in the Sprint.  Evergreen Farm teamed up with trainer Sahadi to accomplish the feat in 1996 and 1997, and Pegram, Watson and Weitman did it in 2007 and 2008 with Midnight Lute and Baffert.The latter could have a shot in this year’s sprint with Pat O’Brien runner up Coil.

 

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If that were to happen, Jasen, then I wouldn't even want to begin to contemplate the odds for The Factor. No money to be made there at all!
So what it sounds like is The Factor needs to draw post 5 & Nakatani on his back? Ca-ching!
Out of the 28 Sprints how many have been won coming from off the pace?
My favorite here is the 12.4 average number of starters ... if only all stakes races had that kind of average!

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