10/13/2010 3:34PM

At least four from TCA Stakes likely to move on to Filly and Mare Sprint


The final prep race did little to thin out what is shaping up as a large and terrific field for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, as all of the top contenders from the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes last weekend at Keeneland are moving forward to the seven-furlong race on Nov. 5.

Dubai Majesty, the perfect-trip winner of the TCA for trainer Bret Calhoun, will have to be supplemented for $90,000, “but I’m pretty sure we’re running,” Calhoun said Wednesday. Likewise, Informed Decision, a late-running third in the TCA and the defending Filly and Mare Sprint champion, is all set to run back at Churchill Downs, as are Champagne d’Oro and Sweet August Moon, the fourth- and fifth-place finishers in the TCA.

From California, trainer Bob Baffert said he hopes to run Gabby’s Golden Gal off a series of hard workouts following a 10-month layoff and will not run Bonnie Blue Flag or Rapport. Gabby’s Golden Gal is unraced since having captured the Grade 1 Santa Monica on Jan. 31 at Santa Anita.

From Florida, trainer Marty Wolfson said he intends to run Jessica Is Back and possibly First Passage in the Filly and Mare Sprint. Like many of the other prospects, they will come into the race off workouts, since suitable prep races at major tracks have been few and far between in the run-up to this particular race. Among the major contenders showing recent works are Rightly So and Secret Gypsy at Delaware and Sara Louise at Belmont.

In addition, My Jen and Moontune Missy, the one-two finishers in the final New York prep, the Sept. 25 Gallant Bloom at Belmont, also had recent works.

As many as 14 can run in the Filly and Mare Sprint.