By Jarrod Horak
The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint arrived on the scene at Santa Anita Park in 2008, and Desert Code was the inaugural winner at 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill turf course for Richard Migliore and David Hofmans. The 2023 renewal will be held at the Great Race Place on Saturday, Nov. 4, and they will be dashing five furlongs on the turf course.
Recent Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Results
This was a 5 1/2 furlong event at Keeneland last year and 5-year-old mare Caravel made the lead from post 10 and kept on going. She paid $87.78 to win for Tyler Gaffalione and Brad Cox. She was exiting a victory in the Grade 3 Franklin at Keeneland three weeks prior to the BC.
Golden Pal wired the field from post 3 as the favorite in this event at Del Mar in 2021. He was exiting a win in the Woodford (G2) at Keeneland.
In 2020 at Keeneland, Glass Slippers invaded from France following a runner-up finish in the Prix l’Abbaye (G1) at Longchamp. Belvoir Bay was the 2019 winner at Santa Anita for Peter Miller and he was fresh off a 4th place finish in the Jaipur (G1).