Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

The Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is a 7-furlong (1408 m) Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred fillies and mares three years old and up. As its name implies, it is a part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, the de facto year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, generally held in the United States (also held one time in Canada). The race is run on a dirt course (either natural dirt or a synthetic surface such as Polytrack).

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Grade I race
LocationUnited States
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
Race information
Distance7 furlongs (1408 m)
QualificationFillies & Mares, three-years-old & up

The race was run for the first time in 2007 during the first day of the expanded Breeders' Cup at that year's host track, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. In 2009, the race became a Grade I event.[1]

The 2007 race was held at a distance of 6 furlongs (1207 m) instead of the normal distance of 7 furlongs because of the configuration of the dirt track at Monmouth Park.

Automatic BerthsEdit

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that allotted automatic qualifying bids to winners of defined races. Each of the thirteen divisions has between three and twelve of these "Win and You're In" qualifying races.

In the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint division, runners are limited to 14, with up to three automatic berths. Note though that one horse may win multiple challenge races, while other challenge winners will not be entered in the Breeders' Cup for a variety of reasons such as injury or travel considerations.

The 2019 "Win and You're In" races are:[2]

  1. the Princess Rooney Handicap, a Grade 2 race run in July at Gulfstream Park in Florida
  2. the Ballerina Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Saratoga Race Course in upstate New York
  3. the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, a Grade 2 race at Keeneland Race Course in Kentucky


Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

  • 2 – Fred Bradley, William Bradley, Brent Burns, Carl Hurst (2012, 2013)

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare SprintEdit

2020 Gamine 3 John Velazquez Bob Baffert Eclipse Partners, Madaket Stables & Heider Family Stables 1:20.20 $1,000,000 I
2019 Covfefe 3 Joel Rosario Brad H. Cox LNJ Foxwoods 1:22.40 $1,000,000 I
2018 Shamrock Rose 3 Irad Ortiz Jr. Mark E. Casse Conrad Farms 1:23.13 $1,000,000 I
2017 Bar of Gold 5 Irad Ortiz Jr. John C. Kimmel Chester & Mary Broman 1:22.63 $1,000,000 I
2016 Finest City 4 Mike Smith Ian Kruljac Seltzer Thoroughbreds 1:22.37 $1,000,000 I
2015 Wavell Avenue 4 Joel Rosario Chad Brown Michael Dubb, David Simon & Bethlehem Stables 1:22.39 $1,000,000 I
2014 Judy the Beauty 5 Mike Smith Wesley Ward Wesley Ward 1:21.92 $1,000,000 I
2013 Groupie Doll 5 Rajiv Maragh William Bradley Fred Bradley, William Bradley, Brent Burns, Carl Hurst 1:20.75 $1,000,000 I
2012 Groupie Doll 4 Rajiv Maragh William Bradley Fred Bradley, William Bradley, Brent Burns, Carl Hurst 1:20.72 $1,000,000 I
2011 Musical Romance 4 Juan Leyva William A. Caplan Pinnacle Racing Stable 1:23.47 $1,000,000 I
2010 Dubai Majesty 5 Jamie Theriot W. Bret Calhoun Martin Racing Stable & Dan Morgan 1:22:33 $1,000,000 I
2009 Informed Decision 4 Julien Leparoux Jonathan Sheppard Augustin Stable 1:21.66 $1,000,000 I
2008 Ventura 4 Garrett Gomez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1:19.90 $1,000,000
2007 Maryfield 6 Elvis Trujillo Doug O'Neill Gorman / Mestrandrea et al. 1:09.85† $1,000,000

† – Run at 6 furlongs

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Six New Grade I Races for 2009 –
  2. ^ "Breeders' Cup Announces Challenge Series Schedule". Retrieved 23 June 2019.