09/28/2011 11:29AM

Breeders' Cup: Turbulent Descent to challenge elders in Filly and Mare Sprint

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Mike Puype will train Turbulent Descent up to the F&M Sprint.

With a couple of flashy 3-year-old fillies – Turbulent Descent and Pomeroys Pistol – among the top prospects, there seems little doubt the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint once again will draw a deep and competitive field.

Turbulent Descent, a 3 3/4-length winner of the Grade 1 Test Stakes on Aug. 6, will not make another start while being sent through a series of strong workouts by trainer Mike Puype up to the seven-furlong race. Pomeroys Pistol, trained by Amy Tarrant, had her final prep when posting a four-length triumph against older fillies and mares last weekend in the Grade 2 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park.

One more 3-year-old filly of note, Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty, possibly could turn back from a series of longer races, depending on how she fares Saturday in the Cotillion at Parx Racing.

The older set, whose ranks were thinned when Ballerina winner Hilda’s Passion was sidelined by injury, is led by Switch, runner-up in the 2011 Filly and Mare Sprint. Like a number of others under consideration for this race – most notably Ultra Blend – Switch also has the BC Ladies’ Classic as a possible option.

One filly trying to rebound is Sassy Image, a two-time Grade 1 winner this year.

Sassy Image was virtually eased in the Ballerina, but trainer Dale Romans said this week at Churchill Downs that the filly “is back doing great here. She just loves this racetrack. We’re putting a line through that last one.”

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