Breeders' Cup Sprint Race & Pace Analysis

Breeders' Cup Sprint

When the 2005 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships take place on October 29, Saturday, champion horses from all over North America and as far as Europe and Japan will be pitted against one another. Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, which has the world's biggest dirt race course of any thoroughbred track, will play host to eight major races on a single championship day card: Breeders' Cup Classic, Distaff, Filly & Mare Turf, Juvenile, Juvenile Fillies, Mile, Sprint, Turf. Breeders' Cup Sprint race and pace analysis point to strong contenders being Battle Won, Don Six, Greg's Gold, Imperialism, Kelly's Landing, Lost in the Fog, Mass Media, Medallist, Pico Central (Brazil), Pomeroy, Unfurl the Flag, Wildcat Heir, and Woke Up Dreamin.

The Breeders' Cup Sprint is the most important race of the championship series in which to study the fractions. For one, who among the race contenders is likely to set fractions of 21 flat? Even Cajun Beat, the surprise in the 2003 Sprint, had yet to do better than 22 flat in the first quarter since his victory. 2004 Sprint champion Speightstown is a disciplined horse who always runs his race. He was an early leader and obvious choice to win, with none of 2004's competing horses having been likely to outclass him. Speightstown's first quarter was 21.23 seconds.

Points to note are the Sprint race contenders' best times, and who are in form to play the final outcome. Some horses would be consumed by the pace, and other runners would be better at more furlongs. Even if a horse can tear it up in 21, he needs to have a finish that is fast enough that running back to would be good enough. Who can sustain his performance to put up a fight to the finish is one to win the race. The Sprint has been pretty formful in recent years, with a few exceptions. Study the fractions of the favorites.

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