Ventura on Far Outside in F&M Sprint
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 11/3/2009 8:49:43 PM
Last Updated: 11/6/2009 11:06:59 AM

Ventura is attempting to win the $1-million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint for the second consecutive year.
Photo: Michael Burns

 Ventura, who will be trying to win the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint for the second consecutive year Nov. 6, was made the 8-5 morning line favorite in the Nov. 3 post position draw for the World Championships at Santa Anita Park. The Juddmonte Farms homebred, which likes to come from behind, is on the far outside in the field of nine and will be ridden by Garrett Gomez.

A 5-year-old daughter of Chester House, Ventura took the 2008 edition of the seven-furlong Sprint by four lengths over Santa Anita’s Pro-Ride surface. She comes into this year’s race off a one-length victory in the Sept. 20 Woodbine Mile (Can-IT).

Augustin Stable’s Informed Decision is the 5-2 second choice and will break from the No. 7 post. In April, the 4-year-old daughter of Monarchos edged Ventura by a head in the seven-furlong Vinery Madison Stakes (gr. I) on Keeneland’s Polytrack.

The third choice, at 4-1, is Godolphin Racing’s Seventh Street, who has post No. 8. She has scored in the Apple Blossom (gr. I) and Go for Wand (gr. I) Handicaps this year. Seventh Street’s grade III-winning stablemate, Sara Louise, is in the No. 2 post and is 9-2 on the morning line.

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Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1.  Free Flying Soul  Mike Smith  Bruce Headley  50-1
2.  Sara Louise  Frankie Dettori  Saeed bin Suroor  9-2
3.  Game Face  Edgar Prado  Todd Pletcher  10-1
4.  Only Green  Olivier Peslier  Freddy Head  20-1
5.  Silver Swallow  Alex Solis  Bruce Headley  30-1
6.  Evita Argentina  Joel Rosario  John Sadler  20-1
7.  Informed Decision  Julian Leparoux  Jonathon Sheppard  5-2
8.  Seventh Street  Rajiv Maragh  Saeed bin Suroor  4-1
9.  Ventura  Garrett Gomez  Bobby Frankel  8-5


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