By Sean Morris

Firenze Fire our 8-1 shot in the Sprint

By Sean Morris
Joel Rosario has a live shot in the Sprint on Yaupon
Joel Rosario has a live shot in the Sprint on Yaupon

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The $2,000,000 Grade I Breeders' Cup Sprint is Race 8 on the card for Keeneland this Saturday as the Breeders' Cup World Championships. Below is our Race Card with all the Morning Line odds and links to our betting partners BetAmerica, TVG and TwinSpires where you can join today and take advantage of their excellent sign-up offers for new customers.

Underneath you'll find our race preview written by our in-house handicapper and originally published here on HorseRacing.net as part of his Breeders' Cup Saturday Picks column...

Breeders' Cup Sprint 2020

14

Vekoma

  • Age: 4 /
  • Jockey: J Castellano /
  • Trainer: G Weaver /
Morning Line Odds
10

Yaupon

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J Rosario /
  • Trainer: S M Asmussen /
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2

C Z Rocket

  • Age: 6 /
  • Jockey: L Saez /
  • Trainer: P Miller /
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11

Diamond Oops

  • Age: 5 /
  • Jockey: F Geroux /
  • Trainer: P L Biancone /
Morning Line Odds
8

Firenze Fire

  • Age: 5 /
  • Jockey: J Lezcano /
  • Trainer: K J Breen /
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6

Frank's Rockette

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J Alvarado /
  • Trainer: W I Mott /
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7

Whitmore

  • Age: 7 /
  • Jockey: I Ortiz, Jr. /
  • Trainer: R Moquett /
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1

Echo Town

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: R Santana, Jr. /
  • Trainer: S M Asmussen /
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3

Collusion Illusion

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F Prat /
  • Trainer: M Glatt /
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12

Hog Creek Hustle

  • Age: 4 /
  • Jockey: C J Lanerie /
  • Trainer: V L Foley /
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Race 8 (Sprint)

The 2020 Sprint appears to be occupying the traditional place of the Turf Sprint as the most chaotic race on the program. After the scratch of Vekoma (#14), Yaupon (#10) will probably inherit the role of favorite. I really don’t have many arguments against Yaupon. He’s a very promising sprinter who seems to be getting better as his sophomore year rolls along, however he’s not battle tested at all, nor has he run particularly fast in any of his races. In another year he’d be an obvious play against, but this is an incredibly weak edition of the Sprint and as such I think he needs to be used prominently, even if he’s going to be an underlay.

C Z Rocket (#2) also figures to vie for favoritism, which really just underscores how devoid of talent this year’s Sprint is considering he was claimed for 40k earlier in the year. Don’t get me wrong, Peter Miller has done a fantastic job with this guy and has transformed him into a legitimate graded-stakes type, however he’s gotten fantastic trips in each of his last two races when beating up on suspect competition. His five-race win streak should count for something, and indeed he’s another I’ll begrudgingly be using as a ‘main’ play, but he has no real edge on his competition here.

The two horses I think will offer the most value in this race are Bon Raison (#4) and Firenze Fire (#8). The former seems like a zany longshot, but why not this horse? The 98 Beyer he earned for his latest victory holds up to scrutiny, and that win came over this very track. He’s always been an iron horse on the NYRA circuit, so the relatively short turnaround for this race doesn’t bother me, and it’s possible local horseman Jack Sisterson has figured him out. I wouldn’t say he’s a particularly likely winner, but if he’s truly going to be 30-1 (as he is on the morning line) he’s going to be a massive overlay.

Finally, I gave the nod in this race to Firenze Fire. He’s developed a reputation for being a Belmont horse-for-course, which is partially true, but it’s not as if he can’t be effective elsewhere. He finished a decent fifth in this race last year at Santa Anita against a much tougher field, for which he earned a 103 Beyer that would make him a standout here, and it seems he’s in virtually the same form this year for his new trainer, Kelly Breen. If he runs back to his last race in the G1 Vosburgh he’s a very likely winner.

Main:  2,4,8,10     Backup (priority):  5,7,11,12

Order of preference:  8-10-4-2

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