First look at the Breeders’ Cup Sprint contenders

by TCI 4 years ago

Jon & Joel take a first look at this year’s Breeders’ Cup Sprint contenders heading into the second half of the year. They talk about the impact of the Triple Bend and Smile Sprint results, which were the first two “Win And You’re In” preps for this year’s BC Sprint, and launch a Top 5 for the Sprint division. Did any 3-year-olds make the list? How wide open is this year’s Sprint shaping up to be? Watch it. Comment.


  • Jr

    Hi Joel,

    I have a question regarding the Shuvee this weekend with Eblouissante, I don’t know if you saw the pictures of her taken at the gate when she reared up, and sitting on her hocks, throwing Rosie off, seems most horses would be scratched am I wrong? She hit her head, lost teeth, came back with blood in her mouth, lacerations on her legs. No wonder she came in last. Obviously she needs a lot of gate training. Why was she not checked out by the vet, I’m totally baffled by this. Your opinion on this Joel. Take care my friend.

    • Joel Cunningham

      Hey JR!

      I hated to see that, but it’s just one of those things in racing. Should she have been examined? In my opinion the welfare of the animal & rider should always be paramount, so, yes, I believe she should have been taken out and examined just as a quick precaution. Sherriffs did claim afterward that all injuries were minor and superficial in nature, and he went as far as to credit the handler on the gate crew for managing the situation as good as he could, so the connections obviously understand and are satisfied with how it was handled.

      In hindsight, you would not have wanted to see her run so poorly due to the fact that she was obviously shaken up, which seemed to have been more mental than physical from what the trainer believes. Any time you have a horse relatively light on experience who is running off a mini-layoff in a new surrounding — these things can happen. The great news is she seems fine and should be able to get back quickly into an allowance race, which is really where Sherriffs wanted to start her in the first place. I understand this filly has a huge following because she’s shown talent – but mainly because of her connections to Zenyatta. It reminds me of horses like Nicanor & Lentenor of Barbaro fame. We definitely don’t want to see them compromised in any way, but even with a clean beginning I questioned this spotting for her…Authenticity very well may be up there with Royal Delta as one of the very top mares in North America, so it was a tough spot for Eblouissante IMO.

      • JR

        Hey Joel,
        Totally agree, I listened to the pre-race interview with John, he didn’t seem over confident, but I thought she had a shot to hit the board or fourth.

        Joel, my friend are you familiar with stride angles? Red was projected to have 125 degrees, Zenyatta would be equal IMO.

        John said Ebby has a big stride. If she can get herself together I think she has real potential. You right about the Zenyatta connections. Many people including myself want to see her do well. My real interest is in Cosmic One, and 13Z when they start to run. We will see how those genes get passed on.
        Take Care my friend

        • Joel Cunningham

          Yes JR, I love a horse with a long stride and the ability to turn it over quickly. I too am anxious to see how that family continues on, as many are big physical animals that require time, however they’ve shown tremendous athleticism for their size. I can recall years back when one of Vertigineaux’s first fillies was running for maiden $50k claimers I believe it was at Louisiana Downs. I was there and bet on her, thinking at the time that she looked like a solid claim for around those parts… Boy, would that have ever been a great claim to own a broodmare out of that direct family in hindsight! I can’t recall her name off the top of my head but she was by a less fashionable sire like Mister Baileys or Aljaabra (I’m sure I butchered that name) and it was before her younger sisters started burning up the racetrack obviously 🙂 All the best JR, hope you have a great weekend!

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