Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

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Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
Grade I race
Location United States, United States
Inaugurated 2008
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Official Breeders' Cup website
Race information
Distance 6 12 furlongs (0.81 mi) or
5 furlongs (0.63 mi)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse US$1,000,000

The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint is a Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses 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. The distance of the race will vary depending on the host track's turf course requirements.[1]

The race was run for the first time in 2008 during the second day of Breeders' Cup racing at that year's host track, Santa Anita Park. The 2008 race was held at a distance of six and a half furlongs and was contested on Santa Anita’s signature El Camino Real “downhill” turf course. Besides Santa Anita, the only tracks in North America capable of contesting turf sprints at six and 1/2 furlongs are Woodbine[2] and Belmont.[3] Churchill Downs, which has hosted the Breeders' Cup eight times, can only conduct turf sprints at 5 furlongs.[4] The 2015 race at Keeneland was held at approximately 5 1/2 furlongs.

Because of technical requirements, it was not eligible for classification as a graded stakes race in its first two runnings.[5] Starting in 2010, it was a Grade II race,[6] and was upgraded to Grade I for 2012.[7]

Automatic Berths[edit]

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that allotted automatic qualifying bids to winners of defined races. Each of the thirteen divisions has between two and twelve of these "Win and You're In" qualifying races.

In the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Division, runners are limited to 14 with up to five automatic berths. Note though that one horse may win multiple challenge races, while other challenge winners will not be entered in the Breeders' Cup for a variety of reasons such as injury or travel considerations.

The 2017 "Win and You're In" races are:[8]

  1. the TJ Smith Stakes, a Group 1 race run in April at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, Australia
  2. the Highlander Stakes, a Grade II race run in July at Woodbine Racetrack in Canada
  3. the Nunthorpe Stakes, a Group 1 race run in August at York Racecourse in England
  4. the Flying Five Stakes, a Group 2 race run in September at Curragh Racecourse in Ireland
  5. the Sprinters Stakes, a Grade 1 race run in October at Nakayama Racecourse in Japan


Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 - Jungle Racing/KMN Racing et al. (2012, 2013)

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Dist. Time Purse Grade
2016 Obviously 8 Flavien Prat Philip D'Amato Anthony Fanticola & Joseph Scardino abt. 6 12 f 1:11.33 $1,000,000 I
2015 Mongolian Saturday 5 Florent Geroux Enebish Ganbat Mongolian Stable abt. 5 12 f 1:03.19 $1,000,000 I
2014 Bobby's Kitten 3 Joel Rosario Chad Brown Ken & Sarah Ramsey abt. 6 12 f 1:12.73 $1,000,000 I
2013 Mizdirection 5 Mike Smith Mike Puype Jungle Racing/KMN Racing et al. abt. 6 12 f 1:12.25 $1,000,000 I
2012 Mizdirection 4 Mike Smith Mike Puype Jungle Racing/KMN Racing et al. abt. 6 12 f 1:11.39 $1,000,000 I
2011 Regally Ready 4 Corey Nakatani Steve Asmussen Vinery Stable 5 f 0:56.48 $1,000,000 II
2010 Chamberlain Bridge 6 Jamie Theriot Bret Calhoun Carl Moore Management 5 f 0:56.53 $1,000,000 II
2009 California Flag 5 Joe Talamo Brian Koriner Hi Card Ranch abt. 6 12 f 1:11.28 $1,000,000
2008 Desert Code 4 Richard Migliore David Hofmans Tarabilla Farms abt. 6 12 f 1:11.60 $1,000,000

See also[edit]