11/23/2016 4:46PM

Breeders' Cup Sprint purse yet to be paid out

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Barbara D. Livingston
Drefong, ridden by Martin Garcia, wins the Breeders' Cup Sprint by 1 1/4 lengths on Nov. 5.

DEL MAR, Calif. – The purse for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint has yet to be released, though the other 12 Breeders’ Cup races have had their purses released, the California Horse Racing Board said on Wednesday.

Purses are often held up if there is an issue with a post-race test. Asked if that was the case regarding the Sprint, Mike Marten, a spokesman for the racing board, said, “We cannot comment.”

“We cannot confirm at this time whether or not the purse for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint is being held due to a failed drug test,” Marten said.

The Breeders’ Cup Sprint, run Nov. 5 at Santa Anita, was won by Drefong, with Masochistic second and Mind Your Biscuits third in a field that was reduced to seven after the scratches of Joking and Lord Nelson, the morning-line favorite.

The other four who ran in the race were A. P. Indian, Limousine Liberal, Delta Bluesman, and Noholdingback Bear.

First-place in the Sprint was worth $825,000, with $255,000 to second and $135,000 to third.

“All I know is we got our money,” Bob Baffert, the trainer of Drefong, said Wednesday.

All horses who undergo post-race testing have their samples analyzed initially at the University of California at Davis, which does the testing for the CHRB.

If a positive is called by that lab, the trainer and owner of the cited horse can have a split sample sent to a second lab. Only if that second lab confirms the initial test at U.C.-Davis would the racing board then go forward with allegations. If the second test does not confirm the results of the first test, the horse is considered to have tested clean, and no further action is taken.