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).
|Grade I race|
|Race type||Thoroughbred – Flat racing|
|Distance||7 furlongs (1408 m)|
|Qualification||Fillies & 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.
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.
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 – Groupie Doll (2012, 2013)
Most wins by a jockey:
Most wins by a trainer:
- 2 – William Bradley (2012, 2013)
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
- Six New Grade I Races for 2009 – bloodhorse.com
- "Breeders' Cup Announces Challenge Series Schedule". BloodHorse.com. Retrieved 23 June 2019.