Breeders Cup Picks: Turf Sprint
The second Breeders’ Cup race of the day is the $1 million Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, a quick five furlong race for 3-year-olds and up on the turf. The field of 12 is slated as race 5 with an approximate post time of 3:33 p.m. ET.
#3, Imprimis, Frankie Dettori, 8-1
Imprimis will making his 13th career start (7-0-1) and his fifth this year (2-0-1). This will be his third start off the layoff and is looking for his first win since a neck win over Bound for Nowhere in the Grade 2 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland April 6. That win capped a 7-for-9 stretch and ended with a sixth place finish in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 18. This will be his fifth straight graded stakes race and in his last finished third in the G2 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland, where he was the beaten favorite by today’s entrant Stubbins, but showed some of his old form which I think indicates he might be sitting on a big one. The always dangerous Frankie Dettori rides and y’all know his success in past Breeders’ Cups. I’m taking a shot. The pick.
#11, Om, Manuel Franco, 15-1
Om makes his 31st career start (7-6-6), but only fourth this year (1-1-0) and first in a little more than four months. In his last start, he ended a six race winless streak in an allowance race at Churchill Downs on June 29 and prior to that finished second to World of Trouble by 1 ¾ lengths in the G1 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park on June 8. Om is 4-3-3 in 16 career starts at Santa Anita and that experience on the track will definitely help. Manuel Franco gets the call for trainer Peter Miller, who has posted a 2-2-1 record in eight starts in this race, winning the past two years with today’s stablemate Stormy Liberal. I like Om’s chances to sneak under the radar here and be a big factor. Runner-up.
#10, Eddie Haskell, Joel Rosario, 9-2
Eddie Haskell has finished in the money (4-3-1) in all eight starts this year and is looking for his 11th career win in his 25th start today. He has been a model of consistency, having been in the money in 13 straight starts and having only missed once in his last 18. He sports two straight runner-up finishes in his last two starts: G3 Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar Aug. 17 and the G2 Eddie D Stakes here on Sept. 27. He will definitely be there at the end and wouldn’t be surprised if he took it all. Contender.
#1, Totally Boss, Jose Ortiz, 5-1
He has been the boss in all five of his starts this year (4-1-0), including two straight wins, highlighted by the G3 Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 7, where he won by 1 ¼ lengths over Smart Remark and today’s entrant Leinster. This will be his first trip to the West Coast since his maiden start, where he finished eighth at Del Mar on Nov. 11, 2017. Jose Ortiz is aboard. In the mix.
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