2023 Sprint Cup Stakes: Regional causes a huge upset

Regional causes a huge upset, as the bargain $ 5,000 purchase wins the $300,000 first prize and takes out his first graded stakes victory. Here the 2023 Sprint Cup Stakes Recap!

Breeders Cup Odds

Sprint Cup Stakes

Grade 1 – Purse $490,000 – 6 furlongs – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

This race was meant to be about Shaquille but the Julie Camacho-trained colt was edgy before loading at the gate and had to be loaded without the jockey. He was fractious in the gate but got a flying start and led the field.

However, he was soon beaten and it led to the fairytale win of REGIONAL who was purchased for just $5000 and is now a Grade 1 winner.

He was 10/1 on the board so was reasonably well fancied in behind the heavily bet chalk, and on his previous assignment he showed that he might have what it takes to win against this group when finishing fifth of sixteen in the 2023 Grade 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York over five furlongs and there is no doubt the extra furlong was a help as he traveled powerfully behind the pace set by Shaquille.

As that one backed out, it was Shoulvebeenaring who took over with a furlong to the wire, but Regional came with his run at the sixteenth pole and edged ahead just fifty yards from the wire with the late closing longshot Believing in third and Swingalong in fourth spot.

2023 Sprint Cup Stakes Race Payouts

1. Regional$11.00$3.00
2. Shouldvebeenaring $11.00
3. Believing $13.60

WINNING TIME: 1 min 10.60 secs

Superior Mile Stakes

Grade 3 – Purse $60,000 – 1 mile 37 yards – Turf – 3-Year-Olds and Up

Chindit delivers a knockout blow to the chalk Light Infantry!

Chindit, who was called a few names earlier in the season when he tried to take a bite out of Modern Games in the 2023 Grade 1 Lockinge Stakes, and the big class dropper Light Infantry were the two attracting all the money on the boards.

However, today was a different story for Chindit with a completely different set of tactics, and he was on his best behavior.

Chindit usually likes to be on or near the speed but today he was reined back from the early speed set by Point Lynas and Misty Grey, with Light Infantry perfectly placed in a stalking position on the rail in third.

As they entered the stretch, the field grouped up and the chalk was all locked up with nowhere to go.

James Doyle needed no second invitation on CHINDIT and swooped wide in the stretch and soon went five lengths clear inside the furlong pole.

Light Infantry got daylight with a sixteenth to the wire but was more than two lengths adrift at the finish, just holding second from the late closing Regal Reality, with early leader Point Lynas in fourth spot.

2023 Superior Mile Stakes Race Payouts

1. Chindit$3.50$1.50
2. Light Infantry $1.28
3. Regal Reality $2.50

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