Breeders Cup Turf Sprint

The Breeders Cup Turf Sprint combines speed and agility for horses three-years-old & up.   The race has been run a distance from 5 furlongs to about 6.5f on the turf depending on the host track.

The first edition of this race was in 2008 on the second day of Breeders’ Cup racing at Santa Anita and was run over a distance of six and a half furlongs, with Desert Code winning in a time of 01:11.6.  Besides Santa Anita, the only tracks in North America capable of contesting turf sprints at 6 1/2 furlongs are Woodbine and Belmont. This race can be run at 5 furlongs in Churchill Downs. The 2015 race at Keeneland was held at approximately 5 1⁄2 furlongs.

Horses can qualify for the event either through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re in” or through a selection process. If there are more than 14 nominees (oversubscribed), the BC Challenge Series winners will get spots and the next seven are determined by points based on the following formula. Win, place and show horses in Grade I stakes earn ten, six, and four points, respectively. The top three finishers in Grade II stakes earn six, four, and two points respectively, and in Grade III races the points earned are four, two, and one, respectively.

RACE QUALITYWINPLACESHOW
Grade 11064
Grade 2642
Grade 3421

The horses remaining after the BC Challenge winners and 7 entries based on points will be ranked in order of preference by the Panel. The Panel will be free to establish its own criteria or ranking, so that high-quality horses of demonstrated ability will have the opportunity to participate in Championship Races regardless of earlier participation in graded events.  

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Win and You’re In Races

DATERACE NAMEGRADETRACKDISTANCEWINNERVIDEO
Jun 11thJaipur1Belmont Park6 FurlongsCasa CreedBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Jun 14thKing’s Stand S.1Ascot Racecourse5 FurlongsNature StripBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Aug 19thNunthorpe Stakes1York Racecourse5 FurlongsHighfield PrincessBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Sep 4thGreen Flash H.3Del Mar5 FurlongsLieutenant Dan Breeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Sep 10thFanDuel Turf Sprint2Kentucky Downs6 FurlongsBranBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Sep 11thFlying Five Stakes1The Curragh5 FurlongsHighfield PrincessBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
Oct 2ndPrix de L’Abbaye de Longchamp Longines1Longchamp Racecourse5 Furlongs

Records

Most wins:

2 – Mizdirection (2012, 2013)

2 – Stormy Liberal (2017, 2018)

Most wins by a jockey:

2 – Mike Smith (2012, 2013)

2 – Joel Rosario (2014, 2017)

Most wins by a trainer:

3 – Peter Miller (2017, 2018, 2019)

2 – Mike Puype (2012, 2013)

Most wins by an owner:

2 – Jungle Racing/KMN Racing et al. (2012, 2013)

2 – Rockingham Ranch (2017, 2018)         

Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Past Winners

YEARWINNERAGEJOCKEYTRAINEROWNER
2021Golden Pal3Irad Ortiz Jr.Wesley WardDerrick Smith, Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor & Westerberg (Georg von Opel)
2020Glass Slippers (GB)4Tom EavesKevin RyanBearstone Stud (Terry & Margaret Holdcroft)
2019Belvoir Bay (GB)6Javier CastellanoPeter MillerGary Barber
2018Stormy Liberal6Drayden Van DykePeter MillerRockingham Ranch (Gary Hartunian)
2017Stormy Liberal5Joel RosarioPeter MillerRockingham Ranch (Gary Hartunian)
2016Obviously (IRE)8Flavien PratPhilip D’AmatoAnthony Fanticola & Joseph Scardino
2015Mongolian Saturday5Florent GerouxEnebish GanbatMongolian Stable (Ganbaatar Dagvadorj)
2014Bobby’s Kitten3Joel RosarioChad BrownKen & Sarah Ramsey
2013Mizdirection5Mike SmithMike PuypeJungle Racing/KMN Racing et al.
2012Mizdirection4Mike SmithMike PuypeJungle Racing/KMN Racing et al
2011Regally Ready4Corey NakataniSteve AsmussenVinery Stable
2010Chamberlain Bridge6Jamie TheriotBret CalhounCarl Moore Management
2009California Flag5Joe TalamoBrian KorinerHi Card Ranch (Keith Card)
2008Desert Code4Richard MiglioreDavid HofmansTarabilla Farms (Susan Osborne)

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