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

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

There are two important trends to keep in mind when analyzing the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint. First off, Europeans have not fared well in this race and have never won this event. Secondly, fillies and mares have thrived in this event. They have notched three wins, including Belvoir Bay last year.

Despite the Europeans lack of success, star sprinter Battaash was primed to be go off as a heavy favorite in this spot. His withdrawal from consideration last week has left this race wide open. To get a better grasp on the top contenders, we compare the top Beyer, Brisnet and Timeform figures for North American based runners below.

Horse Best/Last Beyer Best/Last    Brisnet Figure Best/Last Timeform Figure 
Leinster109/100 101/101121/120
Imprimis110/101 107/99126/121
Diamond Oops105/97 106/102125/118
Got Stormy 104/101104/97127/114
 Oleksandra 101/10199/96119/119
Extravagant Kid99/98 101/100120/119
Front Run the Fed 100/100100/99121/119
Jolie Olimpica 103/10299/94121/121
 Texas Wedge100/8497/92121/114
Big Runnuer97/9797/96124/124
 Bulletproof One95/9598/89116/110
 Guildsman 90/90  92/92 112/112 
 Chaos Theory 96/94  98/98 122/116 
Wildman Jack   104/93  99/94 122/119 

Who is the fastest: Leinster and Imprimis are neck and neck in terms of speed figures and they will be in the wagering as well. Imprimis and Leinster's career high Beyer Speed Figures of 110 and 109 respectively stand out from the rest of the field and their numbers from their recent wins prove they are still in strong form. Brisnet and Timeform give Imprimis the edge and also value the races that Diamond Oops comes out of.

One thing that stands out: The three different figures have widely differing views of America's top fillies and mares in this race. The Beyer Speed Figures are not kind to Kimari, who only has a career best of 89. Brisnet is not crazy about Oleksandra's chances as her 99 career high puts her a full 5 points behind Kimari and Got Stormy. Timeform loved the form that Got Stormy was in last year as she earned a field best 127 number, but the 114 number she earned last out shows she may not be quite as good as she was, despite winning her last two.

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

Odds and accomplishments for the 2020 Turf Sprint runners:

Horse Claim to Fame Last RaceHRN  Odds 
LeinsterConsecutive G2 wins1st in Woodford (G2) 4-1
Imprimis'19 Shakertown (G2) winner1st in KD Turf Sprint (G3) 5-1
Diamond OopsDual surface stakes winner1st in Phoenix (G2)  6-1 
Got Stormy2-time Grade 1 winner1st in Franklin County (G3) 10-1 
OleksandraJaipur (G1) winner1st in Jaipur 10-1 
KimariGroup 1 placed3rd in Music City 15-1 
Extravagant KidMultiple stakes winner2nd in Woodford Stakes (G2) 15-1 
Front Run the Fed'19 Better Talk Now winner2nd in KD Turf Sprint (G3) 15-1 
Glass Slippers  2-time Group 1 winner2nd in Prix de l'Abbaye (G1) 15-1 
Jolie OlimpicaG2 Monrovia (G2) winner2nd in Jenny Wiley (G1) 20-1 
Big Runnuer G2 winner 1st in Eddie D.    30-1  
 Texas WedgeJoe Hernandez (G2) winner4th in Jim McKay   30-1
 Bulletproof One Unzip Me Stakes winner1st in Unzip Me  30-1 
 GuildsmanFranklin-Simpson (G3) winner 1st in Franklin-Simpson Stakes 30-1 
 Chaos Theory Green Flash (G3) winner 4th in Woodford (G2) 30-1
Wildman Jack Nad Al Sheba Turf Sprint (G3) winner 2nd in Eddie D. (G2)


Turf Sprint Updates

• Peter Miller, who has won three Breeders' Cup Turf Sprints in a row, confirmed to HRN that he will run Texas Wedge and Bulletproof One in this year's race.

• Oleksandra went over three months without a workout following her win in the Jaipur Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park, but appears back on track for the Turf Sprint with five works this month. 

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

• Prix de l'Abbaye (G1) winner Wooded is unlikely to make the trip to America for the Turf Sprint, but runner up Glass Slippers is being considered according to trainer Kevin Ryan.

• John Sadler told HRN that Chaos Theory will remained stabled at Keeneland until the Breeders' Cup following his fourth-place finish in the Woodford (G2) and he is possible to run.

• Wesley Ward's Bound for Nowhere has not worked since Sep. 19 and will not be running in the Turf Sprint.

• Chad Brown confirmed that Front Run the Fed would be among his 13 Breeders' Cup entires.

Who's already going: Leinster, Imprimis, Got Stormy, Oleksandra, Extravagant Kid, Front Run the Fed, Glass Slippers, Texas Wedge, Big Runnuer, Bulletproof One, Guildsman

Who could be going: Diamond Oops, Kimari, Jolie Olimpica, Chaos Theory, Wildman Jack 

2020 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
RankSilksHorse / SireRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartStatus
Majestic Warrior
G. Arnold II
1st, 2020 Woodford (G2) 
 Diamond Oops
Lookin At Lucky
P. Biancone
1st, 2020 Phoenix (G2) 
 Got Stormy
Get Stormy
M. Casse
1st, 2020 Franklin County (G3) 
W. Ward
3rd, 2020 Music City Stakes (LS) 
 Front Run the Fed
Fed Biz
C. Brown
2nd, 2020 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) 
Animal Kingdom
N. Drysdale
1st, 2020 Jaipur Invitational (G1) 
 Jolie Olimpica
R. Mandella
2nd, 2020 Jenny Wiley (G1) 
 Wet Your Whistle
M. Trombetta
1st, 2020 Belmont Turf Sprint Invitational (G3) 
 Bulletproof One
Idiot Proof
P. Miller
1st, 2020 Unzip Me Stakes (LS) 
 Extravagant Kid
Kiss The Kid
B. Walsh
2nd, 2020 Woodford (G2) 
 Chaos Theory
J. Sadler
4th, 2020 Woodford (G2) 
Broken Vow
J. Orseno
1st, 2020 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) 
 Glass Slippers
Dream Ahead
K. Ryan
2nd, 2020 Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp (G1) 
Wootton Bassett
B. Walsh
5th, 2020 Nearctic Stakes (G2) 
 Texas Wedge
Colonel John
P. Miller
4th, 2020 Jim McKay Turf Sprint (LS) 
 Big Runnuer
Stormy Atlantic
V. Garcia
1st, 2020 Eddie D. Stakes (G2) 
 Wildman Jack
D. O'Neill
2nd, 2020 Eddie D. Stakes (G2) 
 Just Might
Justin Phillip
M. Lovell
3rd, 2020 Woodford (G2) 

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