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2012 Breeders' Cup Sprint Contenders: Emcee

Emcee wins 2012 Forego at Saratoga.
Photo: NYRA, Adam Coglianese

Emcee, a leading contender in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Sprint off the strength of his performance in the Forego last month, was on the worktab again Friday at Greentree Training Center near Saratoga Springs. Emcee completed his 5 furlong drill in :59.2, besting both Alpha and Questing by two full seconds. The newly minted stable star ran his first race just 13 months ago. 

 

Owned by Godolphin Stable and trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, Emcee has been fortunate enough to have patient handlers that have allowed him to develop at his own pace. After coming up lame the before a scheduled race at Saratoga as a 2-year-old,

 

The now four-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song won that first start, a maiden special weight at Belmont under Alan Garcia last September, very impressively but had some issues after the race and didn’t run again until February.  In his second start, he defeated GI-placed Associate in an allowance at Gulfstream, a race which McLaughlin touted Emcee as a stakes horse beforehand.

 

After that win, he jumped into the G3 Tom Fool, finishing third to Calibrachoa and Caleb’s Posse in a good effort as the second choice before turning in a rather lackluster performance in the Carter, checking in fourth and second to last behind Jackson Bend, Caleb’s Posse, and Shackleford. Emcee then had a confidence booster, winning an allowance optional claiming in May. He was off for three months and returned in the Vanderbilt for a tenacious third, just getting nipped at the wire by longshot Poseidon’s Warrior and Justin Phillip. 

 

Emcee ran back in the Forego a month later, and this time there would be no denying him.  Emcee laid  just off the pace until heading the leaders at the top of the lane, kicking away mid-stretch.  He ended up trouncing his six foes in the 7 furlong contest, earning a facile 4 ½ length victory in a speedy 1:21 flat, the fastest Forego time ever at the 7 furlong distance.  The grade I was his first graded stakes victory, and a true breakthrough performance after coming so close so many times in his rather brief career.

 

Emcee is definitely a horse to look out for in the Sprint, but McLaughlin said he may also run in the Dirt Mile.  At this point they're leaning toward the sprint due to the fact that the mile at Santa Anita is two turns whereas at many tracks it’s just one.  I’m hoping he goes in the sprint, and I will be watching to see whether he cross-enters when pre-entries are announced on Wednesday.

 

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Older Comments about 2012 Breeders' Cup Sprint Contenders: Emcee...

I hope they go in the BC Sprint. Making his first 2 turn start against the toughest field he may ever face would be foolish. Not to mention could cost him an eclipse award as well.
Going with Trinniberg here!
He was super impressive in the Forego!
Shhhh ... don't speak too loudly about my pick for the BC Sprint!

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