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2021 Breeders’ Cup Sprint

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup Mile will be held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Saturday, November 6th.

Information and winners of the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Sprint:

DATERACECOUNTRYWINNER
7/4/21John A. Nerud StakesUSAMind Control
7/31/21Bing Crosby StakesUSADr. Schivel
10/2/21Santa Anita Sprint ChampionshipUSADr. Schivel
10/8/21Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix StakesUSASpecial Reserve
10/9/21Vosburgh StakesUSAFollowing Sea

2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Results & Payouts

Final results and payouts for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Sprint:

POSTHORSEJOCKEYWIN / PLACE / SHOW
7WhitmoreIrad Ortiz Jr.$38.80 / 13.80 / $7.60
2C Z RocketLuis Saez$7.60 / $5.00
8Firenze FireJose Lezcano$6.40
9Empire of GoldDeclan Carroll
5Manny WahTyler Gaffalione
11Diamond OopsFlorent Geroux
12Hog Creek HustleCorey Lanerie
10YauponJoel Rosario
15Lasting LegacyBrian Hernandez Jr.
4Bon RaisonAdam Beschizza
6Frank’s RocketteJunior Alvarado
3Collusion IllusionFlavien Prat
1Echo TownRicardo Santana Jr.
13Jasper PrinceJose Ortiz
14 (SCR)VekomaJavier Castellano

Exotic Payouts:

  • $1.00 Exacta (7-2) Paid: $138.00
  • $0.50 Trifecta (7-2-8) Paid: $546.00
  • $0.10 Superfecta (7-2-8-9) Paid: $2,988.58

The BC Sprint History

The Breeders’ Cup Sprint is a recently raised $2 million race contested at 6 furlongs. The world’s fastest Thoroughbred’s compete among open competition for horses three-years-old and older. The BC Sprint has been run every year since 1984 with Eillo winning the inaugural race at Hollywood Park.

The 1989 BC Sprint at Gulfstream was a memorable race, as the filly Safely Kept turned for home in the lead following blistering splits. But jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. came flying along the rail with Dancing Spree to nip her by a nose at the wire for owner Ogden Phipps.

The 2015 winner Runhappy, a three-year-old son of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, won as the 8-5 favorite in a then track-record time of 1:08.58 at Keeneland.

Many of the winners from the Breeders’ Cup Sprint go on to earn honors as American Champion Sprint Horse from the Eclipse Awards, including Roy H (2017, 2018), Whitmore (2020), Mitole (2019), Drefong (2016), Big Drama (2010), Squirtle Squirt (2001).  


Breeders’ Cup Sprint Historical Records:

Jockey Corey Nakatani has won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint a record four times, while trainer Bob Baffert has been a winner a record five times including in 2016 with Drefong. The 2016 runner-up, and race favorite Masochistic, was disqualified more than a month after the race following a pair of tests which confirmed the presence of the steroid stanozolol in the horse’s system. The horse’s trainer and connections also forfeited the accompanying $255,000 place money.

Five horses stopped the clock with a winning time of less than 1:08.00, with the fastest time by Baffert-trained Midnight Lute in 2008 (1:07.08). Midnight Lute is a two-time winner of the BC Sprint, winning each time with the late jockey Garrett Gomez aboard. Midnight Lute shares the record for most wins with Roy H, who won the race back to back in 2017 and 2018. Four other winners have also recorded times that broke the 1:08.00 plateau. These include Kona Gold in 2000, Artax in 1999, Cajun Beat in 2003 and Trinniberg in 2012.

The legendary trainer Bob Baffert has established himself as a force in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint with five wins. He first saw the winner’s circle with Thirty Slews in 1992 before winning the aforementioned back-to-back reigns with Midnight Lute in 2007 and 2008. He has since won with Secret Circle in 2013 and most recently with Drefong in 2016.

Corey Nakatani has won this race on four occasions, making him the winningest jockey in Breeders’ Cup Sprint history. He won with Lit Justice first in 1996 and followed up a year later with Elmhurst in 1997 and again with Reraise in 1998. Nakatani would return nearly a decade later to win his fourth title aboard Thor’s Echo in 2006.

YEARHORSE (AGE)JOCKEY / TRAINERTIME / VENUE
2020Whitmore (7)Irad Ortiz Jr. / Ron Moquett1:08.61 / Keeneland
2019Mitole (4)Ricardo Santana Jr. / Steve Asmussen1:09.00 / Santa Anita Park
2018Roy H (6)Paco Lopez / Peter Miller1:08.24 / Churchill Downs
2017Roy H (5)Kent Desormeaux / Peter Miller1:08.61 / Del Mar Racetrack
2016Drefong (3)Martin Garcia / Bob Baffert1:08.79 / Santa Anita Park
2015Runhappy (3)Edgar Prado / Maria Borell1:08.58 / Keeneland
2014Work All Week (5)Florent Geroux / Roger Brueggemann1:08.28 / Santa Anita Park
2013Secret Circle (4)Martin Garcia / Bob Baffert1:08.73 / Santa Anita Park
2012Trinniberg (3)Willie Martinez / Shivananda Parbhoo1:07.98 / Santa Anita Park
2011Amazombie (5)Mike E. Smith / Bill Spawr1:09.17 / Churchill Downs
2010Big Drama (4)Eibar Coa / David Fawkes1:09.05 / Churchill Downs
2009Dancing in Silks (4)Joel Rosario / Carla Gaines1:08.14 / Santa Anita Park
2008Midnight Lute (5)Garrett Gomez / Bob Baffert1:07.08 / Santa Anita Park
2007Midnight Lute (4)Garrett Gomez / Bob Baffert1:09.18 / Monmouth Park
2006Thor's Echo (4)Corey Nakatani / Doug O'Neill1:08.80 / Churchill Downs
2005Silver Train (3)Edgar Prado / Richard Dutrow1:08.86 / Belmont Park
2004Speightstown (6)John Velazquez / Todd A. Pletcher1:08.11 / Lone Star Park
2003Cajun Beat (3)Cornelio Velásquez / Steve Margolis1:07.95 / Santa Anita Park
2002Orientate (4)Jerry Bailey / D. Wayne Lukas1:08.89 / Santa Anita Park
2001Squirtle Squirt (3)Jerry Bailey / Robert J. Frankel1:08.41 / Arlington Park
2000Kona Gold (6)Alex Solis / Bruce Headley1:07.60 / Belmont Park
1999Artax (4)Jorge F. Chavez / Louis Albertrani1:07.80 / Churchill Downs
1998Reraise (3)Corey Nakatani / Craig Dollase1:09.00 / Gulfstream Park
1997Elmhurst (7)Corey Nakatani / Jenine Sahadi1:08.20 / Churchill Downs
1996Lit de Justice (6)Corey Nakatani / Jenine Sahadi1:08.60 / Hollywood Park
1995Desert Stormer (5)Kent Desormeaux / Frank Lyons1:09.00 / Woodbine
1994Cherokee Run (4)Mike E. Smith / Frank A. Alexander1:09.40 / Belmont Park
1993Cardmania (7)Ed Delahoussaye / Derek Meredith1:08.60 / Churchill Downs
1992Thirty Slews (5)Eddie Delahoussaye / Bob Baffert1:08.20 / Santa Anita Park
1991Sheikh Albadou (3)Pat Eddery / Alex Scott1:09.20 / Gulfstream Park
1990Safely Kept (4)Craig Perret / Alan E. Goldberg1:09.60 / Churchill Downs
1989Dancing Spree (4)Ángel Cordero Jr. / C. R. McGaughey III1:09.00 / Belmont Park
1988Gulch (4)Ángel Cordero Jr. / D. Wayne Lukas1:10.40 / Gulfstream Park
1987Very Subtle (3)Pat Valenzuela / Melvin F. Stute1:08.80 / Churchill Downs
1986Smile (4)Jacinto Vásquez / Scotty Schulhofer1:08.40 / Hollywood Park
1985Precisionist (4)Chris McCarron / Ross Fenstermaker1:08.40 / Santa Anita Park
1984Eillo (4)Craig Perret / Budd Lepman1:10.20 / Aqueduct

Historical Breeders’ Cup Sprint Results:

2019 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Entries & Morning Line Odds

PPHorseTrainerMorning Line OddsJockey
1 Catalina CruiserJohn W. Sadler4-1Joel Rosario
2 Hog Creek HustleVickie L. Foley20-1Mike Smith
3 Firenze FireJason Servis12-1Irad Ortiz, Jr.
4 MitoleSteven M. Asmussen9-5Ricardo Santana, Jr.
5 EngageSteven M. Asmussen15-1John Velazquez
6 ShancelotJorge Navarro4-1Jose Ortiz
7 WhitmoreRon Moquett15-1Flavien Prat
8 LandeskogDoug F. O’Neill12-1Abel Cedillo
9 Imperial HintLuis Carvajal Jr.4-1Javier Castellano
10 Matera SkyHideyuki Mori30-1Yutaka Take

2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Results

The $1.5 million Twinspires Breeders’ Cup Sprint had a smaller field of seven, but Drefong made it 4-for-4 in 2016 with a big Breeders’ Cup victory at Santa Anita. Running head-to-head with another California speed ball through a fast half mile in :44.03, Drefong moved ahead of Masochistic on the inside as they hit the top of the stretch. Jockey Martin Garcia urged him home and shook clear a sixteenth from the wire and held firm just over a length in front.

Drefong covered 6 furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.79, and gave trainer Bob Baffert his fifth Sprint victory and his 13th Breeders’ Cup World Championship win overall.

“What a racehorse. What a race. He’s been getting better and better, but we didn’t know how fast he was. He had trained so well coming into this race I thought he was peaking. When I saw him in the paddock I just knew he was going to get it done.”

Baffert’s Lord Nelson, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, was scratched before the race after being treated for an infected cut.

Garcia won his second BC Sprint and fourth Breeders’ Cup race overall. Drefong (7-2) paid $9.80, $4.80 and $3.80. The 8-5 favorite Masochistic returned $4.00 and $2.80, and Mind Your Biscuits rallied hard in the stretch to finish third ($4.60).

A $1 exacta was worth $15.00 while a $1 trifecta returned $112.30. 

Drefong won his stakes debut in August in the Grade I Kings Bishop at Saratoga. The Breeders’ Cup Sprint was his fifth straight win overall and increased his earnings to more than $1.2 million in six career starts.