Before the Breeders&rsquo; Cup Filly and Mare Sprint was run Nov. 4 at Del Mar, absolutely no one was talking about Bar of Gold as a potential Eclipse Award winner.But when Bar of Gold pulled a 66&#45;1 upset, she leapfrogged numerous other would&#45;be candidates by capturing easily the most important race in the filly&#45;and&#45;mare sprint category.A Breeders&rsquo; Cup victory was a surprise bonus to end the 25&#45;race career of Bar of Gold, who had nudged past the $1 million earnings mark in October. Bred in New York by owners Chester and Mary Broman &ndash; longtime staunch supporters of the breeding and racing programs in their home state &ndash; the mare had never won so much as an open stakes, but had established herself as a highly versatile sort, usually earning checks regardless of surface, distance, or class.The final year of racing for Bar of Gold began April 15, when she finished fourth in her 5&#45;year&#45;old debut in a one&#45;mile turf stakes at Aqueduct. She would go on to race eight more times in 2017, with her best results before the Breeders&rsquo; Cup being a runner&#45;up finish in the Grade 2 Ruffian over a sloppy Belmont Park surface in May, a win in the Yaddo for New York&#45;breds over the Saratoga turf in August, and a second in the Grade 2 Presque Isle Masters over the Tapeta synthetic surface in September.Her penultimate start came in the Oct. 8 Spinster at Keeneland, where Bar of Gold labored home a distant sixth over a sloppy track. It was hardly the type of effort to merit a trip to the Breeders&rsquo; Cup, but following a spirited workout at Belmont on the Saturday before the Breeders&rsquo; Cup, Bar of Gold was flown to California.&ldquo;We were kind of disheartened after [the Spinster],&rdquo; trainer John Kimmel said after the Breeders&rsquo; Cup, &ldquo;but she did seem to rebound the way we wanted to see.&rdquo;Breaking from post 5 in a full field of 14 in the seven&#45;furlong Breeders&rsquo; Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, Bar of Gold got a sensational ride from Irad Ortiz Jr. She saved ground on the turn without getting stopped, then angled widest for the drive before nailing Ami&rsquo;s Mesa in the final jump. Her $135.40 payoff for a $2 win bet was second&#45;highest in the 34&#45;year history of the Breeders&rsquo; Cup, behind only Arcangues, who paid $269.20 in the 1993 Classic.&ldquo;She broke good, put me in good position, and I just saved her,&rdquo; said Ortiz. &ldquo;She made a good run on the inside, and when I took her to the outside, she responded pretty good.&rdquo;Mary Broman said after the win: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m elated. My husband has put his heart and soul in this sport.&rdquo;Bar of Gold, by Medaglia d&rsquo;Oro and out of the graded stakes&#45;winning Broman homebred mare Khancord Kid, by Lemon Drop Kid, ended her career with seven wins and earnings of $1,551,000. She will be bred in early 2018.