10/29/2012 4:52PM

Breeders' Cup Sprint: Fast Bullet gives Baffert three among the field of 14

Barbara D. Livingston
Fast Bullet drew into the Sprint and will be joined by Bob Baffert-trained stablemates Coil and Capital Account.

ARCADIA, Calif. - As expected, Saturday’s $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint attracted a full field of 14 speedsters, including defending champion Amazombie, when entries were drawn Monday at Santa Anita. It just was not the exact same 14 many figured to be in the starting lineup when pre-entries had been taken for the race one week earlier.

Gone from the original list of pre-entrants at Monday’s post position draw were Emcee and Second City, both of whom gave the Sprint first preference but whose connections opted instead to run in the Dirt Mile. Their defections allowed Fast Bullet, the first also-eligible on the list, and Boxeur des Rues, whose first preference was the Turf Sprint, to run in the Sprint. Both Boxeur des Rues and Second City are owned by Reddam Racing LLC.

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Fast Bullet is one of three horses trainer Bob Baffert will start in the Sprint, along with Coil and Capital Account, the first- and second-place finishers in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Fast Bullet has made just two starts and has not run since winning an allowance race at Hollywood Park one year ago.

The Baffert trio all drew favorably on Monday. Coil was assigned post 4, Fast Bullet post 6 and Capital Account post 8. Joe Talamo will replace Martin Garcia on Fast Bullet. Garcia is also the regular rider for Coil. David Flores retains his regular seat aboard Capital Account.

Amazombie defeated just eight rivals when he rallied to a neck decision over Force Freeze in the 2011 Sprint at Churchill Downs. He has won twice in five starts this season and was fourth as the 4-5 favorite in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship. Amazombie breaks from post 11 under Mike Smith.

Justin Phillip was the only member of the Sprint field to breeze on Monday, going an easy half-mile in 48.57 seconds at Santa Anita. Justin Phillip, who drew post 5, is coming off a sixth-place finish in Belmont’s Grade 1 Vosburgh, but trainer Steve Asmussen is pleased with the way his horse has trained since shipping to Southern California one month ago and is glad to have Rafael Bejarano to ride.

“He’s trained extremely well since he came out here,” said Asmussen. “He had a disastrous race in the Vosburgh after coming off a good race in the Vanderbilt. This is a very contentious group of horses, but I feel very good about having Bejarano on him and the way he’s trained over this track. That takes a couple of the many variables out of the race, but we’ve all seen the Sprint. It’s a very hard race to get the right trip.”

Asmussen also said sometimes people make too much over the post position draw, even with a race like the Sprint.

“Post positions in a race like this, you can love where you’re at one second and then it becomes the wrong spot later,” said Asmussen. “Liking where you’re at can change in a step.”

The remainder of the Sprint field is: Gantry (Javier Castellano to ride); Hamazing Destiny (Joel Rosario); Jimmy Creed (Garrett Gomez); Poseidon’s Warrior (Irad Ortiz Jr.); Smiling Tiger (Ramon Dominguez); Sum of the Parts (Julien Leparoux); The Lumber Guy (John Velazquez); and Trinniberg (Willie Martinez).