TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint

  • 2017 Location: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club
  • Inaugural Race: 1984
  • Distance: 6 Furlongs
  • Track Type: Left-handed, Dirt
  • Age Qualifications: Three-year-olds and up
  • 2017 Purse: $1.5 million
  • 2017 Race Date: Saturday, November 4th
Breeders' Cup 2017 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

2017 Breeders’ Cup Sprint Odds & Entries

Here are the official entries, odds, and post positions for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup TwinSpires Sprint:

1CalculatorPeter MillerJohn Velazquez20-1
2DrefongBob BaffertMike Smith5-2
3American PastimeRobert B. Hess Jr.Corey Nakatani12-1
4B SquaredDoug F. O'NeillMario Gutierrez30-1
5WhitmoreRon MoquettManuel Franco15-1
6Mind Your BiscuitsChad SummersJoel Rosario6-1
7TakafulKiaran P. McLaughlinJose Ortiz5-1
8Roy HPeter MillerKent Desormeaux7-2
9Ransom the MoonPhilip D'AmatoFlavien Prat12-1
10Imperial HintLuis Carvajal Jr.Javier Castellano9-2

Drefong a clear favorite in Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Last time Drefong started at Del Mar, he threw his jockey off at the gap shortly after the start of the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1). A repeat of that seems the most likely way he would be stopped from defending his Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) title. Read the full post here.

By Alastair Bull | November 2nd, 2017

2017 Breeders’ Cup TwinSpires Sprint Preview and Picks

Bob Baffert’s 2016 BC Sprint winner, Drefong, could be an odds-on favorite to repeat though plenty of horses that could challenge him. Check out my TwinSpires Sprint preview, including a key horse is one who should relish the dirt at Del Mar and an East Coast longshot play. Read the full post here.

By D.S. Williamson | October 21st, 2017

Breeders’ Cup Sprint History

The TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint was one of the seven inaugural Breeders’ Cup races in 1984, and has been run at every Breeders’ Cup since. It has provided numerous exciting moments in its 33-year history.

Each year the race has gone a long way to deciding Eclipse Award for Champion Male Sprinter; 20 of the 33 Breeders’ Cup Sprint winners have gone on to win the Eclipse Award.

More than any other Breeders’ Cup race, the Sprint features many horses that contest it for several years. One of the most notable was Kona Gold, who contested the race five times. After finishing third in 1998 and second in 1999, it was finally his year in 2000 as he defeated Honest Lady and Bet on Sunshine in a record time. He finished out of the money the following two years.

Perhaps the most memorable edition was in 1990, when the US champion sprinting filly Safely Kept and the British star Dayjur fought all the way up the Belmont Park stretch. Dayjur looked set to win but jumped a shadow on the track near the finish, allowing Safely Kept to take the race. The British made up for the defeat the following year when Sheikh Albadou won, the only European victory to date.

The only dual winner is Midnight Lute, who closed from well off to win the race in 2007 and 2008. Another exciting closer to win was Lit de Justice in 1996.

Breeders’ Cup Sprint – Race Records

Scroll over any box below to view the historical records for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint:

Speed record

Midnight Lute (2008)

Most Wins by a Thoroughbred

Midnight Lute (2007 & 2008)

Most Wins by a Jockey

Corey Nakatani (1996, 1997, 1998, 2006)

Most Wins by a Trainer

Bob Baffert (1992, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2016)

Most Wins by an Owner

Pegram/Watson & Weitman (2007, 2008, 2013)

Historical Results for Breeders’ Cup Sprint

In the table below, view a historical record of the winning trainers, thoroughbreds, jockeys, and times for every Breeders’ Cup Sprint race.

2016Drefong3Martin GarciaBob BaffertBaoma Corporation01:08.8
2015Runhappy3Edgar PradoMaria BorellJames McIngvale01:08.6
2014Work All Week5Florent GerouxRoger BrueggemannMidwest Thoroughbreds Inc01:08.3
2013Secret Circle4Martin GarciaBob BaffertK. Watson, M. Pegram & P. Weitman01:08.7
2012Trinniberg3Willie MartinezShivananda ParbhooSherry Parbhoo01:08.0
2011Amazombie5Mike E. SmithBill SpawrSpawr & Sanford01:09.2
2010Big Drama4Eibar CoaDavid FawkesHarold Queen01:09.0
2009Dancing in Silks4Joel RosarioCarla GainesKen Kinakin01:08.1
2008Midnight Lute5Garrett GomezBob BaffertPegram/Watson & Weitman01:07.1
2007Midnight Lute4Garrett GomezBob BaffertPegram/Watson & Weitman01:09.2
2006Thor's Echo4Corey NakataniDoug O'NeillR.S. Jaime/Suarez Racing01:08.8
2005Silver Train3Edgar PradoRichard DutrowBuckram Oak Farm01:08.9
2004Speightstown6John VelazquezTodd A. PletcherEugene Melnyk01:08.1
2003Cajun Beat3Cornelio VelasquezSteve MargolisPadua S./J. & J. Iracane01:07.9
2002Orientate4Jerry BaileyD. Wayne LukasBob & Beverly Lewis01:08.9
2001Squirtle Squirt3Jerry BaileyRobert J. FrankelDavid J. Lanzman01:08.4
2000Kona Gold6Alex SolisBruce HeadleyHeadley/Molasky/High Tech01:07.6
1999Artax4Jorge F. ChavezLouis AlbertraniParaneck Stable01:07.8
1998Reraise3Corey NakataniCraig DollaseB Fey/M Han et al.01:09.0
1997Elmhurst7Corey NakataniJenine SahadiEvergreen Farm & Sahadi01:08.2
1996Lit de Justice6Corey NakataniJenine SahadiEvergreen Farm01:08.6
1995Desert Stormer5Kent DesormeauxFrank LyonsJoanne H. Nor01:09.0
1994Cherokee Run4Mike E. SmithFrank A. AlexanderJill E. Robinson01:09.4
1993Cardmania7Ed DelahoussayeDerek MeredithJean Couvercelle01:08.6
1992Thirty Slews5Eddie DelahoussayeBob BaffertDeGroot/Dutch Masters/Pegram01:08.2
1991Sheikh Albadou3Pat EdderyAlex ScottHilal Salem01:09.2
1990Safely Kept4Craig PerretAlan E. GoldbergJayeff B Stable01:09.6
1989Dancing Spree4Angel Cordero, Jr.C. R. McGaughey IIIOgden Phipps01:09.0
1988Gulch4Angel Cordero, Jr.D. Wayne LukasPeter M. Brant01:10.4
1987Very Subtle3Pat ValenzuelaMelvin F. StuteBen Rochelle01:08.8
1986Smile4Jacinto VasquezScotty SchulhoferFrances A. Genter01:08.4
1985Precisionist4Chris McCarronRoss FenstermakerFred W. Hooper01:08.4
1984Eillo4Craig PerretBudd LepmanCrown Stable01:10.2