The Breeders Cup Turf Sprint, which is the most recent race on the schedule, is the $1 million Breeders Cup Turf Sprint. The race was first run in 2008. It changes the distance depending on which race track hosts the BC. This is due to the layout of the track’s turf course. It has been run at 6 1/2 Furlongs at Santa Anita and 5 furlongs on Churchill Downs. The race is also held at 5 furlongs on Churchill Downs and 5 1/2 furlongs on Keeneland Race Course. The race will be held at Churchill Downs for 5.5 furlongs and will take place on Saturday, November 3.
Breeders Cup Turf Sprint Odds
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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Betting Tips
It is difficult to use past races to give Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint betting tips due to the various conditions that each race is run under.
Santa Anita is the only track that has the “downhill” turf course. This means that the race starts with a right hand bend, which is unusual for many tracks. This is one of few races in North American racing that has an outside start post. The outside runner can make the bend first, and then can take the lead into the usual left-hand turn.
Even though the race is short, handicapping Santa Anita’s race should take into account horses with a lot of speed and who start from the outside position.
Favorites Pay a Good Deal
Because track configuration and distance play a significant role in the outcome of the Turf Sprint, the odds of winning the race tend to be spread across the field. Although some favorites have won the race four times in nine races, the average odds of winning the Turf Sprint were 3-1. This is a good rate of return for those who enjoy betting on favorites.
The odds of winning were averaged at 15-1 for the non-favorites, but this is somewhat distorted by the fact that Desert Code, 2008’s first winner, was a longshot at 37-1. The odds of the winner being chosen in three years were 7-1.
Euros a Non-Factor
The Turf Sprint also has a notable feature. Although most Breeders Cup turf races are won by European horses, the Turf Sprint is a rare exception. In fact, Obviously was the first European-bred winner in 2016 and the only Euro to reach one of three top spots in the race’s history.
He started his racing career in Ireland and ran three more times before moving to the USA, where he continued his 26-year-old career. It’s safe for us to say that European-breds shouldn’t be trusted with betting on the race until they show results.
Age and experience count
Although not an indicator of handicapping, it is interesting to note that the Turf Srpint is open only to horses three years old and older. In fact, Bobby’s Kitten, who won the race in 2014, was the only horse to win the race as a three year-old.
Turf Sprint winners are usually older horses. There have been two winners at four years old, three winners at five years, one winner at six years, and a third winner at six. Last year, he was eight, making him the oldest horse to win a BC race.Last Updated on October 2, 2021