by Karen M. Johnson
Barry Irwin, president of Team Valor Stables, said Sept. 27 that Jazzy, winner of the Gallant Bloom (gr. II), will be supplemented for $150,000 to compete in the inaugural running of the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Monmouth Park Oct. 26.
Earlier in the week, Irwin expressed his doubts about supplementing to the Filly and Mare Sprint, but after having a conversation with Len Ragozin, who produces “The Sheets,” which provides analysis through speed ratings of a horse’s performance, he had a change of heart.
“After speaking with Len and going through all the horses that are expected to run, it looks like we would have a shot to at least hit the board,” Irwin said.
Irwin said Jazzy’s trainer, Mark Hennig, told him the 5-year-old bounced out of her Sept. 22 win in the Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park in perfect shape. “Mark said she galloped (Sept. 27) and is acting sharp,” Irwin said.
Team Valor bought into 50% of Jazzy last year. Her original owners, Robert Muir and Des Scott, retained 50% of the mare.
Jazzy’s sire, Mutakddim, was standing in Argentina when she was conceived. Mutakddim was not nominated to the Breeders’ Cup and neither was Jazzy; thus, the 15% supplemental fee.
Irwin said he would be reluctant to supplement to the Filly and Mare Sprint if the undefeated La Traviata was being pointed to the race, and he is hoping her connections opt for the $2-million TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). La Traviata’s trainer, Patrick Biancone, has indicated running against males is very much a possibility.
“We might change our mind if (La Traviata) goes,” Irwin said.
Jazzy raced exclusively in South Africa before coming to the United States earlier this year. She finished second in her American debut, beaten a nose, in a turf sprint, the Incredible Revenge Stakes, at Monmouth Park July 21. That race marked her first start since May 2006, when she was third in a group I in South Africa.
Jazzy won the Capades Stakes, a turf sprint at Saratoga, before making her dirt debut in the Gallant Bloom. She won the 6 1/2-furlong Gallant Bloom by three-quarters of a length.