Updated on 10/28/2011 4:49PM

Breeders' Cup: Trappe Shot added to Sprint pre-entries

Barbara D. Livingston
Trappe Shot was inadvertently left off the Breeders’ Cup Sprint pre-entry list.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - And then there were twelve.

There were only 11 names on the list when pre-entries for the $1.5 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint were released late Wednesday morning, but that list grew to an even dozen less than two hours later after it was discovered that Trappe Shot’s name was omitted from the potential field due to a clerical error made by the Breeders’ Cup.

“Trappe Shot was entered in the Dirt Mile and due to a clerical error, his second preference in the Sprint was not listed,” said Dora Delgado, senior vice president of racing and nominations for the Breeders’ Cup. “This was done well before the pre-entry deadline so the trainer had filed the appropriate paperwork.”

Even with the addition of Trappe Shot to the list of pre-entries, the six furlong Sprint could wind up with as few as eight starters. Four of the 12 pre-entrants, including Trappe Shot, have given first preference to the Dirt Mile. The others are The Factor, Caleb’s Posse, and Jackson Bend.

If only eight horses start in the Sprint, it would match the smallest field in the history of the event. Just eight runners contested the 2008 edition at Santa Anita won by Midnight Lute. Big Drama defeated 11 rivals to win last year’s Sprint at Churchill Downs. He will be back to defend that title Nov. 5.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said he originally pre-entered Trappe Shot, winner of the Grade 2 True North Handicap and runner-up in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt, in the Dirt Mile on Friday. Several minutes later, he decided to also pre-enter the Sprint and immediately filed the necessary paperwork with the Breeders’ Cup.

“After pre-entering in the Mile on Friday and talking it over with my owners, I also decided I’d like to pre-enter in the Sprint to give us another option,” McLaughlin explained. “You never know what could happen. What if Uncle Mo turns back to a Mile or the Sprint comes up with a six horse field? We might want to change our mind. It doesn’t make sense not to have a second preference. We changed to both races 10 minutes later, sent in the $15,000 necessary to pre-enter the Sprint, and got a confirmation from the Breeders’ Cup that we had pre-entered both races.”

McLaughlin said once the pre-entries were released Wednesday morning and he saw that Trappe Shot’s name had been omitted, he notified the Breeders’ Cup, which acknowledged it had made a mistake and apologized.

“It’s probably all a moot point, because most likely we’ll run in the Mile,” McLaughlin admitted. “But at least this gives us another few days to talk about it.”

Along with reigning sprint champion Big Drama, the starting lineup for the Sprint also is expected to include his stablemate Apriority, Aikenite, Amazombie, Euroears, Force Freeze, Giant Ryan, and Hamazing Destiny. Aikenite also was pre-entered in the Dirt Mile but gave first preference to the Sprint.