Upside and Questions for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Upside and Questions for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint

Category : News - Sat 31/10/2015 - 15:00 EDT

The BC Turf Sprint is always one of the most wide-open races of the weekend, and this one is no exception.

Coming in as the 5-2 morning line favorite, there’s no question Lady Shipman has speed to burn. She’s the only horse in the field to have covered the Sprint distance of 5 1/2 furlongs in under 1:01, and she’s done it twice, recently winning a pair of stakes at Saratoga in August. However, she was beaten by a head in her last in a relatively slow-motion 1:03.6 on this same Keeneland track. She is also stepping up to face males for the first time in her career.

Inside runner likes the surface and the distance

If either of those factors come into play, several others should be ready to pounce, including Pure Sensation, breaking from the inside post. After finishing last season with a pair of also-ran efforts on the dirt, he’s run two huge speed figures since moving back onto the turf this year, where he’s 3-for-4 lifetime, with all three wins coming at the Sprint distance.

In-the-money streak on the line for Ready For Rye

At 10-1, Ready For Rye has been ultra-consistent in his nine career starts, finishing in the money every time, with five wins. The question mark concerns the level of competition he has been facing, as this will be tougher test than he’s faced to this point, although he did recently beat a couple others in The Great War and Mongolian Saturday, entered here as well.

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