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2012 Breeders' Cup Sprint Challenge Races: The Results are In!

With the running of the Phoenix at Keeneland and the Santa Anita Sprint Championship in LA this weekend, all 4 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Challenge races are now in the books, though at least three of the four winners may not show up in their reserved spot in the starting gate come November 3.

 

Gantry, winner of the Win and You’re In Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder all the way back on July 7, has run just once since.  He finished second as the 1-5 favorite to Delaunay in the Temperence Hill Stakes at Louisiana Downs on the Super Derby undercard, and after that performance his trainer, Ron Faucheux, said he may not head to the Breeders’ Cup.  Prior to that race Gantry was undefeated at the 6-furlong distance.  He’s been training well at his home base Evangeline Downs, but he’ll have to improve a lot off of his last race to be a factor in the BC Sprint. 

 

The Lumber Guy won the second BC Challenge race of the season in the Vosburgh at Belmont on Super Saturday.  The Lumber Guy, a three-year-old facing his elders for the first time, came off a layoff to win convincingly over a field including more highly regarded entrymate Sean Avery.  A fast-closing Caixa Electronica was second and Poseidon’s Warrior, winner of the Vanderbilt last out, was third.  Like Gantry, however, The Lumber Guy may not run in the Sprint.  He has already shown his mettle at a mile in winning the G2 Jerome in April, and as of now trainer Mike Hushion and owner Barry Schwartz are looking at both the Sprint and the BC Dirt Mile. 

 

This weekend the final two Win and You’re In races were run, in the heart of the Bluegrass and on the west coast.  At Keeneland on Friday, the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes victory went to Sum of the Parts, another three-year-old taking on older horses.  Coming into the race with a record of three wins and a second at sprint distances this year, Sum of the Parts went off as the third betting choice.  He led the whole way around and drew away in the stretch before holding on gamely to defeat Noble’s Promise and Laurie’s Rocket.  Trainer Tom Amoss and owners Klaravich Stable and William Lawr are unsure whether they will run Sum of the Parts in the BC Sprint.

 

The Santa Anita Sprint Championship was run Saturday, with Coil springing the upset ahead of stablemate Capital Account and Jimmy Creed.  Heavily favored Amazombie checked in fourth-- I must have jinxed him by saying he never runs out of the money in my last post.  Coil, last year’s Haskell winner, avenged a loss to Capital Account in the Pat O’Brien in August and should be one to consider next month as he obviously likes the Santa Anita surface.  Prior to this race, Coil and Capital Account were being pointed toward the Dirt Mile, but trainer Bob Baffert announced today that both his charges will run in the Sprint.  Jimmy Creed and Amazombie will run in the Sprint as well, setting up a rematch of the top four finishers.  Amazombie’s connections didn’t have an excuse for his poor performance, though trainer Bill Spawr said he didn't seem himself before or after the race and he will undergo testing in the coming days to make sure nothing is wrong.

 

With less than four weeks until the big day I’m excited to see who will line up in the starting gate!

 

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Shackleford is best on dirt mile can carry speed a 1 1/4 miles on a good day Amazombie just proved at belmont there is still more left in the tank dangerous!!!!!!
Capital Account just keeps improving, he will be the Baffert trainee I will be playing.
Coil!
Until I know different, Shackleford is still my Dirt Mile horse, and Amazombie is my Sprint horse if all his tests come back good.
Coil was my Dirt Mile horse, but maybe he is better off in the Sprint.

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