The toughest race on the card? Usually the Sprint (gr. I). And this year is no different.Sprint Weekly Report--10/17/2001
If the over and under on the number of Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) runners who had their final prep in England or France was 25, you would probably take the under, wouldn't you? This writer would have. But, counting them up shows 27 Sprint starters have shipped in from France or England. And, not surprisingly, more have finished last -- six -- than first -- one.Sprint Weekly Report--10/9/2001
You've got to admit, it would be a great story. At age nine, and with two Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) third-place finishes to his credit, Bet on Sunshine would make a great story. The grand old man of the sprint division is headed to the big dance once again, winning his final prep on Oct. 6, the Phoenix Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland. Unbelievably, it was the fifth time Bet on Sunshine had run in the Phoenix.
Sprint Weekly Report--10/1/2001
Very Subtle. Safely Kept. Desert Stormer. Could Xtra Heat be next? Yes, her Sept. 29 Sweet and Sassy Stakes win was in a four-horse field in a non-graded stakes at Delaware Park. Forget all that. Xtra Heat can run. She is a contender for the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I).Sprint Weekly Report--9/24/2001
Several races with Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) implications were run last weekend. But the race featuring the marquee name in sprinting is still out there on the horizon.Sprint Weekly Report--9/21/2001
Few races that should have a major impact on the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) were run this past weekend, but one major contender, Say Florida Sandy, was in action. And, the 7-year-old gelding won again, taking the Patterson Handicap at The Meadowlands by 1 1/2 lengths over Disco Rico.