Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint

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Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint
Ungraded race
LocationUnited States
Inaugurated2011
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Websitewww.breederscup.com
Race information
Distance6 furlongs
SurfaceDirt
Trackleft-handed
QualificationTwo-years-old
Purse$500,000

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint was an ungraded American Thoroughbred horse race established in 2011 as part of the annual Breeders' Cup World Championships. The race open to two-year-old colts, geldings and fillies carried a purse of $500,000.[1]

The inaugural running took place on the first day of the Breeders' Cup at the 2011 host track, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.[2]

Due to technical requirements, the race was not eligible for classification as a graded stakes race in its first two runnings. The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, the body that controls grading of North American stakes races, requires that a race be run under the same conditions for at least two years before it can be graded.

In March 2013, the Breeders' Cup board of directors voted to drop the race from its program of championships after it had only five competitors in 2012. "The number of starters and overall quality of the Juvenile Sprint fields for its two runnings did not meet the standards expected for the Championships," said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup president and CEO. "We also believe that the Juvenile Sprint had a negative impact on field sizes for both the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies."[3]

The small field for the 2012 race was attributed in part to the newly enacted ban on the race-day use of Furosemide for two-year-olds competing in the Breeders' Cup. The drug, also known as Lasix, is widely used by North American trainers to inhibit pulmonary bleeding in a horse that has just raced. It is not allowed to be used on race day in most of the world's other racing jurisdictions.[4] The 2011 winner Secret Circle went on to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint in 2013.

Records[edit]

Most wins by a jockey:

  • No jockey won this race more than once.

Most wins by a trainer:

  • No trainer won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner won this race more than once.

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint 2011-2012[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time Purse
Grade
2012 Hightail Rajiv Maragh D. Wayne Lukas Bluegrass Hall 1:09.75 $454,000
2011 Secret Circle Rafael Bejarano Bob Baffert Mike Pegram, Karl Watson,
& Paul Weitman
1:10.52 $500,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Breeders' Cup adds Juvenile Sprint Daily Racing Form, June 15, 2011
  2. ^ Breeders' Cup Adds Sprint for Juveniles Blood-Horse, June 14, 2011
  3. ^ [1] Breeders Cup news release, March 1, 2013
  4. ^ [2] Daily Racing Form, February 22, 2013