Secret Circle Juvenile Sprint Favorite
It is doubtful that Breeders’ Cup officials were expecting only nine horses to be entered in the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, a race designed to attract the fastest one-turn juveniles in the country.
Not only were the entries at a minimum, but the morning line favorite, Secret Circle, was the co-shortest-priced favorite on the entire two-day Breeders’ Cup card at 6-5, the same odds as Turbulent Descent in the Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. IT).
Because of the short field, post positions did not hold much importance, so whatever it’s worth,
Second choice at 4-1 is the Steve Asmussen-trained Seeker, third in the recent Nashua Stakes (gr. II) at
Trinniberg (post 4) also is respected at 9-2, having finished second in the Hopeful Stakes (gr. I) in the slop at odds of 68-1. The son of Teuflesberg is trained by Bisnath Parboo.
The reason for
Secret Circle was purchased Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-year-old sale for $165,000.
The main unknown factor in the race is the European filly Shumoos, who showed enough speed to finish second, beaten a nose, in the five-furlong Queen Mary Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot, and two races later winning the six-furlong Betfred Bonus King Sirenia Stakes (Eng-III) over the synthetic surface at Kempton. But in her most recent start, the Jaguar Cars Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I), she showed little, finishing eighth of nine. One of the reasons trainer Brian Meehan decided to bring the Pennsylvania-bred to the States is her pedigree (by Distorted Humor , out of the Storm Cat mare Wile Cat).
Shumoos, who drew post, 5 was made 15-1 on the morning line and will be ridden by Garrett Gomez.
There should also be some support for Sum of the Parts (post 2) and Jake Mo (post 8), second and third, respectively, in the Kip Deville Stakes at
One horse on whom it is tough to get a handle is Holdin Bullets, trained by speed master Wesley Ward. The son of Ghostzapper , owned by Stephen Michael Bell, has only one start in his career, a maiden score at 4 ½ furlongs over the Keeneland Polytrack. He will break frm post 7 and be ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez. The other starter coming off a maiden victory is Blacky the Bull, ridden by Pat Valenzuela, who broke his maiden going six furlongs in his last start at Santa Anita following a fourth-place finish in the Afflebaugh Stakes at
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