10/23/2011 4:24PM

Breeders' Cup: California Flag to try Turf Sprint again


ARCADIA, Calif., - California Flag, the winner of the 2009 BC Turf Sprint, will be pre-entered for this year’s running on Nov. 5, trainer Brian Koriner said on Sunday.

The winner of the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita on Oct. 10, California Flag worked a half-mile in 48 seconds on the main track on Sunday. Koriner timed California Flag in 47 seconds after a horse from a different barn joined the workout shortly after the exercise began.

“They went head-and-head for three furlongs,” Koriner said.

A 7-year-old gelding, California Flag was eighth in the 2010 BC Turf Sprint over five furlongs at Churchill Downs last year. Koriner said he is more confident about this year’s race because of the recent win in the Morvich and California Flag’s enthusiasm for being part of races from the start.

“I think we’re going as a contender,” he said. “He’s into his races now.”

Patrick Valenzuela is scheduled to ride California Flag.