Updated on 09/18/2011 2:18AM

Bordonaro to supplement to BC Sprint


ARCADIA, Calif. - Bordonaro, the winner of the Grade 1 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Stakes and two other stakes this year, is expected to be supplemented to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4, trainer Bill Spawr said over the weekend.

Spawr and owners Fred Carrillo and Daniel Cassella had hesitated to commit Bordonaro to the Sprint after the Ancient Title at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, citing concerns about the four-week gap between races. But Spawr said the 5-year-old Bordonaro has trained well in the week since his win.

"We're going forward with it so far," Spawr said. "Everything is in motion. We've gone from possible to probable."

Carrillo and Cassella must pay $180,000 to supplement Bordonaro to the BC Sprint. "They're willing to put the money up," Spawr said.

Spawr said that Bordonaro has fought hind end problems this year, primarily soreness, but said those have not surfaced since the Ancient Title. "Maybe he's peaking," Spawr said.

A gelding, Bordonaro went back to the track on Friday for a jog and resumed galloping on Sunday.

If he starts in the BC Sprint, Bordonaro would be one of the leading contenders, behind the 3-year-old star, Henny Hughes.

Bordonaro has won 9 of 12 starts and $642,164. Earlier this year, he won the Sunshine Millions Sprint at Santa Anita in January and the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park in April. His only loss this year was a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar in July. He was struck in the face by a rival's whip in the early stretch of that race.