2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint
Bet the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint held 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 Turf Sprint:
|6/5/21||The Jackpocket Jaipur Stakes||USA||Casa Creed|
|6/19/21||Diamond Jubilee Stakes||UK||Dream Of Dreams (IRE)|
|8/20/21||Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes||UK||Winter Power|
|9/11/21||Turf Sprint Stakes||USA||Gear Jockey|
|9/12/21||Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes||Ireland||Romantic Proposal (IRE)|
|10/3/21||Prix de L'Abbaye de Longchamp Longines||France||TBD|
2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Final Results and Payouts
Below are the final results and payouts for the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint:
|POST||HORSE||JOCKEY||WIN / PLACE / SHOW|
|6||Glass Slippers (GB)||Tom Eaves||$22.40 / $10.60 / $6.60|
|5||Wet Your Whistle||Jose Ortiz||$25.00 / $15.00|
|14||Extravagant Kid||Umberto Rispoli|
|12||Got Stormy||Tyler Gaffalione|
|4||Front Run the Fed||Javier Castellano|
|11||Wildman Jack||Manuel Franco|
|8||Oleksandra (AUS)||Joel Rosario|
|1||Big Runnuer||Juan Hernandez|
|13||Texas Wedge||Florent Geroux|
|9||Into Mystic||Joseph Talamo|
|3||Imprimis||Irad Ortiz Jr.|
|2||Just Might||Colby Hernandez|
- $1.00 Exacta (6-5) Paid: $417.10
- $0.50 Trifecta (6-5-7) Paid: $1,236.25
- $0.10 Superfecta (6-5-7-14) Paid: $4,084.48
The BC Turf Sprint History
The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint combines both speed and agility for international competitors at 5 furlongs on the turf course. The world’s fasted Thoroughbreds compete for a $1 million purse, and the race is for horses three-years of age and older. As the sprinters hit the stretch, speeds nearing 40 miles per hours are reached.
The phrase “horses for courses” takes on an even deeper meaning in the Turf Sprint, as the distance of the race is based on the host location. California-based horses have excelled when the race takes place at Santa Anita, as Desert Code (2008), California Flag (2009) and two-time winner Mizdirection (2012, 2013) all were victorious in the Turf Sprint at “The Great Race Place” Santa Anita. California Flag competed in each of the first five Turf Sprints starting in 2008. California Flag was voted the Cal-bred champion turf horse of 2010 and named the state’s Horse of the Year.
Just four of the nine editions of the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint have been run at 5 furlongs (2010, 2011, 2017 and 2019). The 2015, 2018 and 2020 editions were contested at 5 ½ furlongs, and six others have been run at the distance of 6 ½ furlongs. The 5 furlong winning times have been 56.53, 56:48, 56:12 and 54:83 seconds respectively.
The 2016 Turf Sprint was another exciting race, as Irish-bred winner and race favorite Obviously (7-2 odds) went forward to the front and jockey Flavien Prat continued to fly down the hill at Santa Anita. As they crossed the main dirt and turned for home on the turf, Om was well behind and near the back of the pack before exploding like a rocket in the deep stretch, coming up a nose short to the winner Obviously, with Pure Sensation holding for third.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Historical Records:
In the history of the race, two horses have won the race twice: Stormy Liberal (2017, 2018) and Misdirection (2012, 2013). Jockey Mike Smith rode Mizdirection to both her wins, while Joel Rosario captured wins in the 2014 and 2017 editions to allow them to share the record for most wins by a jockey. Trainer Peter Miller holds the record for most wins by a trainer with 3 (2017, 2018, 2019)
|YEAR||HORSE (AGE)||JOCKEY / TRAINER||TIME / VENUE|
|2020||Glass Slippers (GB) (4)||Tom Eaves / Kevin Ryan||1:01.53 / Keeneland|
|2019||Belvoir Bay (GB) (6)||Javier Castellano / Peter Miller||0:54.83 / Santa Anita Park|
|2018||Stormy Liberal (6)||Drayden Van Dyke / Peter Miller||1:04.50 / Churchill Downs|
|2017||Stormy Liberal (5)||Joel Rosario / Peter Miller||0:56.12 / Del Mar Racetrack|
|2016||Obviously (8)||Flavien Prat / Philip D'Amato||1:11.33 / Santa Anita Park|
|2015||Mongolian Saturday (5)||Florent Geroux / Enebish Ganbat||1:03.19 / Keeneland|
|2014||Bobby's Kitten (3)||Joel Rosario / Chad Brown||1:12.73 / Santa Anita Park|
|2013||Mizdirection (5)||Mike Smith / Mike Puype||1:12.25 / Santa Anita Park|
|2012||Mizdirection (4)||Mike Smith / Mike Puype||1:11.39 / Santa Anita Park|
|2011||Regally Ready (4)||Corey Nakatani / Steve Asmussen||0:56.48 / Churchill Downs|
|2010||Chamberlain Bridge (6)||Jamie Theriot / Bret Calhoun||0:56.53 / Churchill Downs|
|2009||California Flag (5)||Joe Talamo / Brian Koriner||1:11.28 / Santa Anita Park|
|2008||Desert Code (4)||Richard Migliore / David Hofmans||1:11.60 / Santa Anita Park|
Historical Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Results:
2019 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Entries & Morning Line Odds
|PP||Horse||Trainer||Morning Line Odds||Jockey|
|1||Totally Boss||George R. Arnold II||5-1||Jose Ortiz|
|2||Pure Sensation||Christophe Clement||5-1||Paco Lopez|
|3||Imprimis||Joseph F. Orseno||8-1||Lanfranco Dettori|
|4||Shekky Shebaz||Jason Servis||12-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.|
|5||Stubbins||Doug F. O’Neill||12-1||Flavien Prat|
|6||Stormy Liberal||Peter Miller||8-1||John Velazquez|
|7||Leinster||George R. Arnold II||8-1||Tyler Gaffalione|
|8||Legends of War||Doug F. O’Neill||20-1||Rafael Bejarano|
|9||Final Frontier||Thomas Albertrani||6-1||Luis Saez|
|10||Eddie Haskell||Mark Glatt||9-2||Joel Rosario|
|11||Om||Peter Miller||15-1||Manuel Franco|
|12||Belvoir Bay (GB)||Peter Miller||12-1||Javier Castellano|
2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Results
Fourteen runners went to post in the ninth running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, but none of them could catch the wire-to-wire winner Obviously (IRE). The 8-year-old Irish-bred set blistering fractions of :21.41, :43.08 and 1:05.21 before holding on gamely by a nose to win the 6 ½ furlong turf sprint at Santa Anita in 1:11.33.
Sent off as the favorite at 7-2 with Flavien Prat aboard, Obviously cruised down the hill on the back stretch and remained clear as they kicked home in mid-stretch. From the very back of the pack, Om split horses under urging by rider Gary Stevens in mid-stretch, and came flying to the finish as Stevens lost his whip with Om surging late to just miss.
Trained by Phil D’Amato, who won his first Breeders’ Cup race, Obviously rewarded his backers and returned $9.50, $5.20 and $3.80 across the board, while Om paid $6.00 and $4.40. Pure Sensation was running just behind Obviously the entire way and then held for 3rd to pay $6.60. The longest shot in the field Calgary Cat (41-1) also came from way back to finish fourth and set off a superfecta payoff of $9,699.30 on a $1 ticket.
A $1 exacta paid $29.80 and a $1 trifecta returned $312.40.
Obviously came to the Breeders’ Cup with one win, a pair of seconds and a third place finish in four graded stakes starts in 2016. A Breeders’ Cup Mile participant each of the past four years, Obviously showed his speed and agility for International competitors. He was planning on racing again at age 9, but suffered some bone bruising in training and retired. Obviously won 13 races in 29 career starts including 9 graded stakes wins. He also placed in six graded grass events and finished his career with earnings of more than $2.3 million.