Bell’s the One will skip the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Del Mar and will instead stay in Kentucky for the $300,000 Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 13, trainer Neil Pessin confirmed to Horse Racing Nation on Friday. The news was first reported by Marty McGee of the Daily Racing Form.
"Just didn't like the logistics of shipping," Pessin said in a text message, referring to the need to fly the horses out of Indianapolis on a chartered FedEx plane due to Tex Sutton Equine Transporation's ongoing issues.
The decision by trainer Neil Pessin to run in the six-furlong Dream Supreme sets up another potential matchup with Sconsin, who has been a constant rival for Bell’s the One throughout the 2021 season. Sconsin came out on top of the last matchup between the two, winning the Open Mind at Churchill Downs on Sept. 18, while Bell’s the One took the win in the Roxelana on June 16.
Bell’s the One also came out ahead of Sconsin in the Madison (G1) at Keeneland in April, a race won by Kimari.
The two had both raced in the 2020 edition of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Keeneland, with Bell’s the One finishing third and Sconsin fourth. That race was Pessin's first career Breeders' Cup start.
A 5-year-old Majesticperfection mare, Bell's the One most recently won the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) at Keeneland on Oct. 9.
The defection of Bell’s the One made Gamine’s quest to win her second consecutive Filly & Mare Sprint that much easier. The 2020 champion female sprinter is expected to face a compact that includes Ce Ce and Edgeway, both based in Southern California, and Bella Sofia.
The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is set for Nov. 6 at Del Mar.
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