Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
|Grade I race|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Distance||7 furlongs (1408 m)|
|Qualification||Fillies & Mares, three-years-old & up|
The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is a 7-furlong (1408 m) Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred fillies and mares three years old and up. As its name implies, it is a part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, the de facto year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, generally held in the United States (also held one time in Canada). The race is run on a dirt course (either natural dirt or a synthetic surface such as Polytrack).
The race was run for the first time in 2007 during the first day of the expanded Breeders' Cup at that year's host track, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. Beginning in 2009, this race will be a Grade I event.
The 2007 race was held at a distance of 6 furlongs (1207 m) instead of the normal distance of 7 furlongs because of the configuration of the dirt track at Monmouth Park.
Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that alloted automatic qualifying bids to winners of defined races.
Each of the fourteen divisions has between three and ten of these, "Win and You're In," qualifying races.
In the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Division runners are limited to 14 and there are three automatic births.
The "Win and You're In" races are:
1. the A Gleam Handicap, a Grade 2 race at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Hollywood, California;
2. the Ballerina Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga, New York and
3. the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, a Grade 2 race at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky.
- 2 - Groupie Doll (2012, 2013)
Most wins by a jockey:
- 2 - Rajiv Maragh (2012, 2013)
Most wins by a trainer:
- 2 - William Bradley (2012, 2013)
Most wins by an owner:
- 2 - Bradley F & W/Hurst/Brent (2012, 2013)
Winners of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint since 2007
|2013||Groupie Doll||5||Rajiv Maragh||William Bradley||Bradley F & W/Hurst/Brent||1:20.75||$1,000,000||I|
|2012||Groupie Doll||4||Rajiv Maragh||William Bradley||Bradley F & W/Hurst/Brent||1:20.72||$1,000,000||I|
|2011||Musical Romance||4||Juan Leyva||William A. Caplan||Pinnacle Racing Stable||1:23.47||$1,000,000||I|
|2010||Dubai Majesty||5||Jamie Theriot||W. Bret Calhoun||Martin Racing Stable, LLC &
|2009||Informed Decision||4||Julien Leparoux||Jonathan Sheppard||Augustin Stable||1:21.66||$1,000,000||I|
|2008||Ventura||4||Garrett Gomez||Robert J. Frankel||Juddmonte Farms||1:19.90||$1,000,000|
|2007||Maryfield||6||Elvis Trujillo||Doug O'Neill||Gorman / Mestrandrea et al.||1:09.85†||$1,000,000|
† - Run at 6 furlongs
- Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint "top three finishers" and starters
- Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships
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