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2013 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint: The Contenders

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Photo: Eclipse Sportswire

 

I begin my 6 1/2 week coverage of the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint with a quick and dirty rundown of the fillies and mares I like best to make it to the winner's circle at Santa Anita ...

 

1. Groupie Doll - Some doubt the reigning champ’s ability to do it again in 2013; I do not. Her next stop will be at Keeneland, which is the same path she used last year.


2. Beholder  - I’m not sure if her connections are leaning this way or the Distaff, but if they do go short, the 2012 Juvenile Filly Champion has the talent to wins this.


3. Reneesgotzip  - The fastest of the fast, she will be the one they all have to come get when the field turns for home. She’ll enter the BC starting gate a fresh filly.


4. Dance To Bristol  - Still slightly ignored, her win in the Grade 1 Ballerina was her seventh in a row. Saturday’s Gallant Bloom should be her last race before the big one.


5. Book Review - She may not be the fastest of this bunch, but her stretch run has proven very effective at the seven furlong distance in stakes races on both coasts.


6. Sweet Lulu  - Like Beholder, which BC race being pointed to is a question, as she stretching out for the Cotillion. At seven furlongs, this undefeated filly would be a real threat.


The Best of the Rest


Starship Truffles - A grade 1 winner at Calder, I am willing to excuse her Spa loss.

 

Judy the Beauty - She hasn’t won lately, but the talent is there. Poor trip at Presque Isle.

 

Wildcat Lily - Underrated filly has run a bunch of strong races, including the Test.

 

Teddy’s Promise - Consistent performer in Southern California sprints.

 

Executiveprivilege - If she opts this way, multiple graded stakes winner is a threat.

 

Lighthouse Bay - Prioress winner didn’t get it done in the Test, but merits respect.

 

My Happy Face - Finished fast in the Test; looks to stretch out in the Cotillion.

 

So Many Ways - Needs to get back to her winning ways Saturday in the Charles Town Oaks.

 

 

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Does anyone know if any top distance filly or mare ,might point to the sprint. Take advantage of the potential early speed scenerio.
Sounds as though My Happy Face won't be going to the F&M Sprint after all.
Groupie Doll is 6/6 while racing at 6.5 and 7 Furlongs on the dirt or synthetic. 3 grade 1's and 3 grade 2's.
Tmalios1, I totally agree. If Groupie Doll keeps improving and runs her A race then there's not another horse that has the capability of beating the champ. 7F is her favorite distance so even with a bad post or trip she should have time to make up the ground and I expect her to be in top form for the BC. She obviously loves the track and her trainer seems very pleased wtih the way she's progressing after a 9 month layoff.
CFC, by home track advantage, I was referring more to the fact that she'll be in her home state. She's never raced at SA before, but her first three career races were at DMR and BHP.
This race all depends on 1 thing only,there is only one F or M that can beat her.That is Groupie doll herself.If she shows up that day with her mind and head into racing.Wise Dan and her become the 2 that stick out like sore thumbs.As alternative options,due to the anticipated pace scenerio.I would look for a classy F or M cutting back in distance and taking advantage of alluring set up.
i like Reneesgotzip & Groupie Doll.
Groupie Doll will be squealing as she comes down the stretch and blows by the leaders. Groupie doll by 3.
When you mention that Sweet Lulu has home field advantage, last year was the first BC where I seen total domination by the east coast @ Santa Anita. Maybe it was a one-year oddity? The one thing that I considered, was that this was the first BC in California(in quite a while), where one California track had a dirt surface, while all other tracks in California are still synthetic.
TV, Im going to guess its going to be a fast pace, it is a BC sprint! Go Groupie Doll
people CONTINUE to look at the wrong place. a horse is only as good as how it fits.doesn't fit the match up of the pace challenges a group of these horse or those horses presents to it and dsicussing how it will do IN A VACUMMM without knowing the field strengths and weakness is folly.
Reneesgotzip is so sharp right now its tough not to favor her.
Looking for a Groupie Doll repeat BC F&M Sprint win. 7 f seems to be her best distance. Nice to see the Sweet Lulu support, but I don't think she's tried Santa Anita yet.
I'd love for Beholder to get it. She was my BC pick, my Oaks pick - I havent lost faith in her. :)
Book Review and Teddys Promise due to the pace
Groupie Doll looks tough to beat, but Sweet Lulu will have home field advantage in a way.
Dance To Bristol is my favorite fast filly!

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