Breeders' Cup Sprint 2020: Who are the fastest contenders?

Breeders' Cup Sprint 2020: Who are the fastest contenders?
Photo: Coady Photography

If Vekoma lands in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, handicappers will be faced with an interesting decision to make.

Do they lean on the class and proven form of Vekoma? Or do they try to upset the favorite with recency and upside from the likes of Yaupon, Frank's Rockette and Nashville?

To help get a better gauge on some of the fastest horses in the country, we take a look at the speed figures for this year's Sprint contenders below.

HorseBest/Last BeyerBest/Last  Brisnet Figure Best/Last
Timeform
Figure
 Vekoma110/104113/103125/124
Yaupon 100/99104/99123/123
Diamond Oops 105/97106/102129/118
C Z Rocket 104/97108/98 124/111 
Firenze Fire 103/101103/101126/118
 Nashville  101/101102/102130/130
Frank's Rockette 98/95101/96117/112
Collusion Illusion 94/94100/96119/110
 Flagstaff 97/96103/98120/110
Whitmore 105/90108/98126/113
 Echo Town 97/90103/98121/113
 Wildman Jack 104/9399/94122/119
Empire of Gold  95/95 104/101121/121
Lasting Legacy   103/95 104/96 123/111 
Chief Cicatriz   110/102  105/103  128/113 

Who is the fastest: It comes as no surprise that Vekoma is the fastest horse in the field based off of his back-to-back Grade 1 wins. For those looking for a price, Chief Cicatriz has both back and recent numbers right near the top of the field. He seems a bit outclassed, but number-wise, he figures for a piece. Diamond Oops, C Z Rocket and Frank's Rockette, who bring as good of form as anyone into this race, are surprisingly light on speed figures across the board.

One thing that stands out: Nashville, while making only his second career start, earned the highest Timeform figure in the field and a Brisnet figure that was only one point less than Vekoma's Met Mile win. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure four points higher than C Z Rocket and Diamond Oops' wins in key Breeders' Cup preps without even being asked. It is hard to imagine a horse making only his third career start winning the Sprint, but the scary thing is that Nashville does not have to improve very much to do so.

[Related: Prospective odds and fields for all 14 Breeders' Cup races]

Odds and accomplishments for the 2020 Sprint runners: 

Horse

Claim to Fame

Last Race

 HRN  Odds

Vekoma

 Met Mile (G1) winner

1st in Met Mile

 5-2

Yaupon

Amsterdam Stakes (G2) winner

1st in Chick Lang

 9-2

Diamond Oops

Dual surface G2 winner

1st in Phoenix

 6-1

C Z Rocket

SA Sprint Championship (G2) winner

1st in SA Sprint Championship

 6-1

Firenze Fire'17 Champagne (G1) winner 1st in Vosburgh 10-1
 NashvilleRecent Keeneland allowance race winner1st in Keeneland
Allowance
 10-1

Frank's Rockette

2-time G2 winner

1st in Gallant Bloom

 15-1

Collusion Illusion

1st in Bing Crosby (G1)

3rd in SA Sprint Championship

 15-1

 FlagstaffSan Carlos (G2) winner 2nd in SA Sprint Championship    15-1

Whitmore

'18 Forego (G1) winner

4th in Phoenix

 20-1

Echo TownH. Allen Jerkens (G1) winner2nd in G1 Jenny Wiley  20-1 
Wildman Jack Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint winner2nd in Eddie D.   30-1 
Empire of Gold 2nd in Phoenix Stakes (G2)2nd in Phoenix  30-1
 Lasting Legacy Mr. Prospector Stakes winner 4th in Keeneland allowance  30-1
Chief Cicatriz G3 winner1st in David M. Vance  30-1

Breeders' Cup Sprint updates

• Lasting Legacy, who was recently claimed for $80,000, has been confirmed as a Sprint starter.

 Following Diamond Oops' win in the Phoenix (G2), trainer Patrick Biancone said he would "flip a coin" to determine whether he would run his dual-surface stakes winner in the Sprint or Turf Sprint.

• John Sadler confirmed to HRN that Flagstaff will be headed to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

• Peter Miller confirmed to HRN that C Z Rocket will run in the Sprint.

• Chad Brown stated that Complexity would be pointed toward the Dirt Mile after his Kelso (G2) victory.

• Jack Sisterson did not list Lexitonian among his other Breeders' Cup starters, Vexatious and True Timber.

• Landeskog, who disappointed at Pimlico, was not listed among Brad Cox's Breeders' Cup probables.

Who's already going: C Z Rocket, Flagstaff, Yaupon, Firenze Fire, Whitmore, Lasting Legacy, Empire of Gold

Who could be going: Vekoma, Diamond Oops, Frank's Rockette, Nashville, Collusion Illusion, Echo Town, Wildman Jack, Chief Cicatriz 

2020 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1)

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