10/30/2009 11:00PM

Turf Sprint: Get Funky getting in


ARCADIA, CAlif. - It looks like the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint will go fairly deep into its bench when entries are taken Tuesday. With several horses opting into other BC races, and one more having to be withdrawn because of a slight injury, the fourth alternate, Get Funky, is poised to make the 14-horse lineup for the 6 1/2-furlong race on Santa Anita's hillside turf course.

The connections of two fillies who could have run have said they will go instead in their races of first preference: Fleeting Spirit in the Sprint and Game Face in the Filly-Mare Sprint. Yankee Injunuity was withdrawn after apparently suffering a strained suspensory ligament in a half-mile workout Thursday at Hawthorne, according to trainer Jim McMullen.

"He breezed pretty well, but when he was cooling out, he was real short and real tight," McMullen said from Chicago. "It's disappointing."

With those three out, Canadian Ballet and Square Eddie now will get to run, but the third alternate, Dancing In Silks, will opt instead for his first preference, the Sprint, said trainer Carla Gaines. That sequence of events gets Get Funky, a second runner for trainer John Sadler, into the Turf Sprint. He will be joined in the race by stablemate Noble Court

Get Funky was one of four Turf Sprint prospects to have their final prerace workouts on a busy Saturday morning at Santa Anita. Going shortly before the mid-morning break, Get Funky went six furlongs in a swift 1:11 over the Pro-Ride, while other works were turned in later by Lord Shanakill, Square Eddie, and Noble Court.

The pace of the Turf Sprint surely will be hot, with California Flag and Canadian Ballet likely to contend for the lead and a host of others breathing down their necks. Last year, California Flag led through a half-mile in an astounding 41.81 seconds under Joe Talamo.

"I imagine we'll be going pretty fast again," said Talamo.

Besides Canadian Ballet, three other female runners are likely to be in the field: Diamondrella, Gotta Have Her, and Lethal Heat.