Upside and Questions for Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
Category : News
Sat 31/10/2015 - 11:00 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.
The Grade 2 $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby features the two biggest names from the Triple Crown trail September 24 at Parx as a field of 12 gathers in one of the most intriguing betting races of the year.
The $1 million Cotillion Stakes September 24 at Parx features a true clash of the titans as the six-horse field is headlined by the undefeated, five-time grade 1 winner Songbird who figures to face the most stern challenge of her career.
In a completely wide open renewal of the Presque Isle Mile September 18 at Presque Isle Downs, 13 runners including the also-eligible will contest the eight furlong trip over synthetic footing.
Champion Songbird is set to make her much-anticipated return to the races in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of seven.