09/28/2011 2:10PM

Breeders' Cup: Win and You're In winners look unlikely for Turf Sprint

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Trainer King Leatherbury is seeking a sponsor for Turf Sprint hopeful Ben's Cat.

If you want a glimpse of the three Win and You’re In winners for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, you’d better look elsewhere during the next week or so, because it’s unlikely any of them will be at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

Ben’s Cat is “in” after taking the Turf Monster at Parx Racing on Labor Day. The only problem is he’s not BC nominated, and so his legendary trainer, King Leatherbury, is openly soliciting backers.

“It would be a tremendous human-interest story with us having to buy our way into the race,” said Leatherbury, who ranked third all-time with 6,325 wins at press time.

Ben’s Cat, a 5-year-old gelding who is 12 for 17 lifetime, is entered in Saturday’s Maryland Million Turf Sprint.

Black Caviar, 13 for 13 lifetime and recently voted Australia’s Horse of the Year after winning six Group 1 stakes, including the Win and You’re In T.J. Smith at Royal Randwick Racecourse, has been idle since May. Wildly popular “down under,” the 5-year-old mare is expected to begin her season in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield a week from Saturday, a race she won easily a year ago. Next up on her agenda would be the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington.

Margot Did, a 3-year-old filly who received an automatic berth by beating the boys in the $454,600 Nunthorpe Stakes at York in mid-August, is scheduled to run in Sunday’s Group 1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

“The Abbaye will be very interesting, and as long as we’re not drawn by the Seine, we should be all right,” trainer Michael Bell said.

Unzip Me, third with a late run in last year’s Turf Sprint, will prep once again in Friday’s Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap on opening day at Santa Anita, a race she won at odds-on last year.

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