Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2019: Projected field, odds

October 22, 2019 11:18am
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2019: Projected field, odds
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The $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, which was first run last year, returns at five furlongs at Santa Anita Park, with the start and run-up happening on the main track Nov. 1.

Todd Pletcher, who won the inaugural running of this race with Bulletin, shows two probable starters. Peter Miller also has two probables, and Miller owns four Breeders’ Cup victories in sprint races the past two years. Known for his prowess with 2-year-olds on the turf, Wesley Ward may pre-enter three horses in this spot. Ward will be seeking his first Breeders’ Cup victory since 2014

Below is a look at the probable runners with odds that will not balance given the field isn’t set, but instead reflect the type of price we expect each horse to go off at on race day.

(IRE) [5-1 – Society Rock (IRE) – Simon Crisford – 5: 3-1-0 - $217,278] This colt will ship over from Great Britain with three group stakes victories including the Norfolk Stakes (G2) at Royal Ascot in June that secured him a “Win and You’re In” spot in the race. Since Ascot, he added two more Group 2 wins. He would be only the second Breeders’ Cup starter for his trainer, Crisford.

Another Miracle
[20-1 – American Pharoah – Gary Contessa – 4: 2-1-0 - $126,500] Another Miracle is one of many 2-year-olds from American Pharoah’s first crop who have taken to the turf. He won his turf debut at Saratoga in the Skidmore and then ran fifth in the Futurity behind one of the likely betting favorites for this race. Contessa, whose barn is ice cold right now, seeks his first Breeders’ Cup victory in what would be his fifth start.

Bulletproof One
[20-1 – Idiot Proof – Peter Miller – 5: 3-1-0 - $159,400] This California-bred filly made an impressive debut on the turf in his last start when he missed winning the Speakeasy at Santa Anita by a nose. Miller knows how to get horses ready for Breeders’ Cup sprints, both on the dirt and the grass. Bulletproof One was victorious in his her three dirt starts, which included two state-bred stakes races. 

[8-1 – Speightstown – Wesley Ward – 3: 3-0-0 - $331,700] This filly began her career with two wins on the synthetic surface at Presque Isle Downs in a maiden special weight and an allowance. Ward then made the switch to the turf at Kentucky Downs in September in their Juvenile Turf Sprint against the boys. There, this smaller filly kept her record perfect in three starts. She has now won at sprint distances from four and a half to six and a half furlongs.

Chimney Rock
[10-1 – Artie Schiller - Michael Maker – 5: 1-2-1 - $139,025] Although this Mike Maker runner has only a maiden victory in his past performances, he did run second behind two of the Wesley Ward runners in his last two starts at Kentucky Downs and Keeneland, respectively.

El Tigre Terrible
[8-1 – Smiling Tiger – Peter Miller – 5: 3-0-1 - $118,300] This Miller trainee took to the turf in his debut on that surface when he made a big closing move after a slow start in the Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita Park to earn a “Win and You’re In” spot in the Juvenile Turf Sprint. In that race he topped his stablemate by a nose going the same five-furlong trip as he will in the Breeders’ Cup.

Four Wheel Drive
[5-2 – American Pharoah – Wesley Ward – 2: 2-0-0 - $142,500] This son of American Pharoah heads to Santa Anita with a 2-for-2 record. He debuted in a stakes race at Colonial Downs as the favorite and then went on to take the Futurity at Belmont Park at odds of .95-1, securing a “Win and You’re In” spot in the Breeders’ Cup, where he should vie for favoritism again.

[12-1 – City Zip – Todd Pletcher – 2: 1-1-0 - $72,900] A New York-bred, he won his debut in a state-bred race at Saratoga by more than five lengths. He returned to run second in the Futurity. He is by the late sire City Zip, who has produced so many top turf sprinters, including Bulletin, the Pletcher trainee who struck in this race a year ago.

[2-1 – Munnings – Wesley Ward – 4: 3-1-0 - $241, 689] Kimari is one of those Ward fillies who made an early debut against the boys on the dirt at Keeneland in April, winning by 15 lengths in preparation for a trip to Royal Ascot. In the Queen Mary Stakes (G2), she took on a field of 25 fillies and just missed as the runner-up. Back in the United States, she won the Bolton Landing on the grass at Saratoga by four and then got a “Win and You’re In” spot for the Breeders’ Cup by beating the guys again, this time while circling the field in the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland.

Miss J McKay
[20-1 – Hangover Kid – Cathal Lynch – 3: 2-0-1 - $91,953] This Maryland-bred filly is named to honor the sportscaster Jim McKay, who loved horse racing in that state. To run in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, her ownership group has decided to pay a $100,000 supplemental fee. She finished first in all three of her starts but was disqualified and placed third in the Colleen Stakes at Monmouth Park, which was her second race. Most recently she won a listed stakes at Laurel Park by five lengths.

Mystic Lancelot
[20-1 – Into Mischief – Todd Pletcher – 3: 1-0-0 - $59,801] Also hailing from the Pletcher barn, he won his debut at Saratoga by three lengths but has not fared nearly as well when ninth in the Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine and then fourth in the Indian Summer at Keeneland. He will come with unusually large odds for the future Hall of Famer.

Possible: Air Force Jet (GB), Al Raya (GB), Alligator Alley(GB), Al Raya, Axiomo, Band Practice (IRE), Chasing Dreams (GB), Embolden, Encoder, Fair Maiden, Full Flat, Ginobili, Greg’s Diva, Old Chestnut, So Sweet, Streamline, Square Deal, Wheels On Fire.


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