Though not nearly as contentious or as fascinating as the battle for
Horse of the Year, the race for the sprint title is another that has
voters divided and which features a leading contender who emerged
thanks to some late-season heroics. After Kodiak Kowboy won the Cigar
Mile Saturday at Aqueduct, he was being touted by many as a worthy
sprint champion. But there's a problem here: he just won a one-mile
race and, sorry, a one-mile race is not a sprint. What happened in the
Cigar Mile should have no bearing on the sprint division.