Gamine aims for Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

Gamine aims for Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
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As was hinted at in the aftermath of Gamine’s third-place finish in the Sept. 4 Kentucky Oaks, the talented daughter of Into Mischief will go back to sprinting to finish the season.  


Trainer Bob Baffert confirmed via text on Wednesday that Gamine is being pointed to the seven-furlong Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on Nov. 7 at Keeneland with a date in the La Brea Stakes (G1) going the same trip at Santa Anita Park likely to follow. Daily Racing Form national correspondent Jay Privman first reported the news via a social media post on Wednesday.

The 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks was Gamine’s second time trying a route of ground in five career starts. In the Oaks, Gamine set the pace until the head of the stretch where she was collared first by winner Shedaresthedevil and then runner-up Swiss Skydiver. She was beaten three lengths on the wire.

Gamine’s other two-turn try came in just her second start at Oaklawn Park on May 2 when she finished a neck in front of Grade 1 winner Speech. However, she was subsequently disqualified because of a medication overage.

Owned by Michael Lund Petersen, Gamine is already a two-time Grade 1 winner going a mile or less in her short career. She won the Acorn (G1) going a mile around one turn at Belmont Park in her stakes debut and came right back to win the seven-furlong Test (G1) at Saratoga in her start prior to the Kentucky Oaks.

Out of the Kafwain mare Peggy Jane, Gamine was purchased by Petersen for $1.8 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale. 

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