10/31/2011 3:28PM

Breeders' Cup: Caracortado cuts back for Turf Sprint

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Caracortado will shorten up in distance for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Turn-back runners such as Precisionist, Gulch, and Cherokee Run have captured the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in its lengthy history, but three runnings of the $1 million BC Turf Sprint have yielded no such winners. Mike Machowsky would like to start a new tradition when he sends his standout California-bred Caracortado out of longer races as a major threat Saturday in the five-furlong Turf Sprint.

“I love the move, personally,” Machowsky said. “The first time I ever ran him on grass, it was six furlongs at Hollywood Park and he ran like a wild horse. He just has such a quick turn of foot that I really think he’ll be coming at ’em late.”

Caracortado was assigned post 13 in a full gate of 14 entered in the Turf Sprint, which has been won by Desert Code (2008), California Flag (2009), and Chamberlain Bridge (2010) in its brief history. The last two champions will be back Saturday, with California Flag getting post 6 and Chamberlain Bridge drawing farthest outside in post 14.

Other major contenders include Regally Ready (post 8), winner of the Grade 1 Nearctic at Woodbine last out, and Havelock (post 10), who roared from behind to take the Woodford on the Keeneland turf.

Two other recent winners at Keeneland also are in the cast: Hoofit (post 7), supplemented to the BC program after winning the Phoenix at Keeneland in his American debut, and Holiday for Kitten (post 2), the Thoroughbred Club of America winner who will be the only 3-year-old in this field.

Broken Dreams (post 3), a 5-year-old mare, and Holiday for Kitten are the only females in the lineup.

With 14 pre-entered, there were no exclusions from the race.

Turf Sprint, Post Time: 3:21 ET Saturday

Purse: $1,000,000; 5 furlongs; gr. II

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Grand Adventure

Mark Frostad

Javier Castellano

20-1

1

Holiday For Kitten

Wesley Ward

Joel Rosario

30-1

1

Broken Dreams

Thomas Proctor

Garrett Gomez

20-1

1

Perfect Officer

Mike Pino

Kendrick Carmouche

12-1

1

Great Attack

Wesley Ward

Jeffrey Sanchez

20-1

1

California Flag

Brian Koriner

Patrick Valenzuela

15-1

1

Hoofit

Graham Motion

Edgar Prado

15-1

1

Regally Ready

Steve Asmussen

Corey Nakatani

3-1

1

Rapport

Ron Werner

Brian Hernandez

30-1

1

Havelock

Darrin Miller

Robby Albarado

9-2

1

Country Day

Steve Margolis

James Graham

20-1

1

Camp Victory

Mike Mitchell

Julien Leparoux

12-1

1

Caracortado

Mike Machowsky

Joe Talamo

4-1

1

Chamberlain Bridge

W. Bret Calhoun

Jamie Theriot

5-1