November 1st, 2014 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Sprint

RACE COVERAGE: Classic | Distaff | Turf | Filly & Mare Turf | Mile | Dirt Mile | Sprint | Turf Sprint | Filly & Mare Sprint | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf | Juvenile Fillies | Juvenile Fillies Turf

Sprint, Purse: $1.5 million, 6 furlongs

- Secret Circle Bob Baffert Defending BC Sprint winner ran well in recent return from eight month layoff; very likely to improve 7-2
- Rich Tapestry Michael Chang Beat Secret Circle in U.S. bow off five month layoff; the goal for him is to avoid a form regression 4-1
- Palace Linda Rice Was a flat third in Vosburgh after winning two Grade 1s at Saratoga; formidable if able to rebound 6-1
- Private Zone Alfredo Velazquez Repeated in the Vosburgh in second start off long absence and with the return to dirt; logical player 6-1
- Indianapolis Bob Baffert Won his recent return from eight month absence to remain unbeaten; steps way up, but has promise 12-1
- Reneesgotzip Peter Miller Highly talented mare is effective on all surfaces, but it is the Turf Sprint that is her first preference 12-1
- Bakken Chad Brown Lightly raced and has tremendous potential, but he must perform better than he ever has to contend 15-1
- Big Macher Richard Baltas Has fine back form, but was dismal in the Pat O'Brien in August and hasn't raced since; not for me 15-1
- Work All Week Roger Brueggemann He's never beaten horses of the kind he faces in this event; he has also never been beaten on dirt 15-1
- Fast Anna Kathy Ritvo Also lightly raced, with a bright future, but if he can't beat straight 3yo sprinters, he's in trouble here 20-1
- Mico Margarita Steve Asmussen As good as ever having won two straight stakes, but that doesn't mean he's up to being a factor here 20-1
- Seeking the Sherif Ron Ellis Has been a terrific claim and is 7 for 8 in his career on dirt; stepping into an entirely different league 20-1
- Bourbon Courage Kellyn Gorder Nice comeback score recently at Keeneland, but has never run a race that suggests he can win this 30-1
- Salutos Amigos David Jacobson Improved off the barn change and relocation to New York, but remains a cut or two below these 30-1
- Also Eligible (In Order Of Preference):      
- Wind Fire David Brown Has an Americasn pedigree, but Euro filly has never raced on dirt and is overmatched 50-1
- Capo Bastone Todd Pletcher Has never run back to his King's Bishop win no matter what he tries; Dirt Mile first choice 30-1
- Bahamian Squall David Fawkes Regained winning form in his last, yet still has a ways to go to recapture best form 30-1
- Indexical Ben Cecil Has gone the wrong way since a decent third in the Triple Bend four starts back 50-1
- Eddie's First Leandro Mora Doesn't have a race on his record that makes him competitive; Turf Sprint first choice 50-1
- Mr. Sexy George Papaprodromou Besides being overmatched, he seems best on turf or synth; Turf Sprint his first choice 50-1
- Bellarmine Bob Hess Jr. Claimed for $80K last time off a loss, so why not enter here? Yeah, I don’t get it, either 50-1

Comments and Odds by Mike Watchmaker