Squirtle Squirt finishing the 2001 Breeders' Cup Sprint.<br>

Squirtle Squirt finishing the 2001 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Sprint Champion Squirtle Squirt to Japan

Squirtle Squirt, last year's champion sprinter and Penske Auto Center Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) winner, might be headed to Japan to stand for the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders Association. The deal between the organization and owner David Lanzman might be completed by late September and if so, the 4-year-old son of Marquetry will be retired. Lanzman planned to run Squirtle Squirt in the Oct. 5 Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland as a tune up for the Oct. 26 Breeders' Cup Sprint. He is with trainer Bobby Frankel in New York.

"He's in fine shape and just had a good workout," Lanzman said from his Los Angeles home. "I've been receiving offers for him ever since he broke his maiden. I told my friends that if I ever get this (amount), I'll sell him. Well, I got it."

Squirtle Squirt, who was produced from the Lost Code mare Lost the Code, has run only twice this year because of a knee chip. He ran second in the Palos Verdes Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita in January. Following surgery, he didn't run again until September at Saratoga, where he ran fourth in the Forego Handicap (gr. I),

Squirtle Squirt, whose other grade I triumph came in the 2001 King's Bishop Stakes, has won eight of 16 starts and earned $1,112,220. The JBBA stands several U.S.-bred stallions, including Forty Niner and Dehere.