Favored Zensational Has No. 1 Post in Sprint
by Deirdre B. Biles
Date Posted: 11/3/2009 9:41:15 PM
Last Updated: 11/6/2009 11:04:26 AM

Favorite Zensational will break from the rail in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
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There were audible gasps of dismay when Zayat Stables’ Zensational   drew the No. 1 post position for the $2-million Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I). The dominating, front-running, 7-5 morning favorite will have no room for error early in the six-furlong race Nov. 7 over Santa Anita Park’s Pro-Ride surface.

“Drawing the one, the break is important. He (jockey Victor Espinoza) is going to have to use him up a little bit more,” said Zensational’s Hall-of-Fame trainer, Bob Baffert Nov. 3. “All the speed horses are one, two (Cost of Freedom), three Fatal Bullet). If they hook up and go with me, then it could be disastrous. But that’s horse racing. You can’t worry about stuff like that. He’s doing well, and we’ll see how far he can take  ’em."

A 3-year-old son of Unbridled's Song, Zensational is coming into to the Breeders’ Cup with a four-race win streak. The gray/roan ridgling's efforts include victories in the Triple Bend Handicap (gr. I) at Hollywood Park, and the Bing Crosby (gr. I) and Pat O’Brien (gr. I) Stakes at Del Mar.

“We’ve always wanted to really turn him loose early, so I guess we’re going to turn him loose early,” Baffert said.

Godolphin  Racing’s Gayego, who scored in the Oak Tree’s Ancient Title (gr. I) Oct. 9, has the No. 5 post position, and is the 5-2 second choice. Fatal Bullet, second in the Sprint last year, is 9-2 on the morning line. The 4-year-old gelding son of Red Bullet was Canada’s 2008 Horse of the Year and champion sprinter.

“I’m very happy with it (the draw),” said Fatal Bullet’s trainer, Reade Baker. “I didn’t want Zensational to be on the outside of me. I didn’t want him to cross over in front of me and stir my horse up. He (Zensational) drew the inside, and we’ll be able to track him.”

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Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Sprint
Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1.  Zensational    Victor Espinoza    7-5
2.  Cost of Freedom  Tyler Baze  John Sadler  20-1
3.  Fatal Bullet  Eurico Da Silva  Reade Baker  9-2
4.  Crown of Thorns    Rafael Bejarano  Richard Mandella  12-1
5.  Gayego  Garrett Gomez  Saeed bin Suroor  5-2
6.  Dancing in Silks  Joel Rosario  Carla Gaines  12-1
7.  Join in the Dance  John Velazquez  Todd Pletcher  30-1
8.  Capt. Candyman Can  Javier Castellano  Ian Wilkes  15-1
9.  Fleeting Spirit (IRE)  Frankie Dettori  Jeremy Noseda  8-1


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