By Sean Morris

Oleksandra to reign in the Turf Sprint

By Sean Morris
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The $1,000,000 Grade I Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint is Race 5 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 Turf Sprint 2020

12

Got Stormy

  • Age: 5 /
  • Jockey: T Gaffalione /
  • Trainer: M E Casse /
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3

Imprimis

  • Age: 6 /
  • Jockey: I Ortiz, Jr. /
  • Trainer: J F Orseno /
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7

Leinster

  • Age: 5 /
  • Jockey: L Saez /
  • Trainer: G R Arnold, II /
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1

Big Runnuer

  • Age: 5 /
  • Jockey: J J Hernandez /
  • Trainer: V L Garcia /
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4

Front Run the Fed

  • Age: 4 /
  • Jockey: J Castellano /
  • Trainer: C C Brown /
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6

Glass Slippers

  • Age: 4 /
  • Jockey: T Eaves /
  • Trainer: K A Ryan /
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8

Oleksandra

  • Age: 6 /
  • Jockey: J Rosario /
  • Trainer: N D Drysdale /
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9

Into Mystic

  • Age: 4 /
  • Jockey: J Talamo /
  • Trainer: B P Walsh /
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10

Bombard

  • Age: 7 /
  • Jockey: F Prat /
  • Trainer: R E Mandella /
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11

Wildman Jack

  • Age: 4 /
  • Jockey: M Franco /
  • Trainer: D F O'Neill /
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Race 5 (Turf Sprint)

The Turf Sprint is perennially one of the most difficult Breeders’ Cup races to handicap, but I didn’t really find that to be the case this year in what looks like a formful edition. That may prove to be a poor call, however I think Imprimis (#3) and Leinster (#7) are two sturdy favorites in what is traditionally an absolute war. These two don’t seem to have a big edge on this field speed-figure wise, but I think both of their most recent races are very encouraging and they have already demonstrated an affinity for this course.

In the case of Imprimis, he’s had an interesting trajectory to his career but he seems to finally have rediscovered the sensational turf sprint form he displayed in 2018 and early in 2019. I thought he beat up on a lackluster bunch in the G3 Troy to begin the year, but he showed me a lot last time in the G3 Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs, overcoming a bit of trouble on a soft course to prevail. I think he’s drawn ideally for this race as he should be sitting just off the pace on the inside and is an obvious contender.

Leinster narrowly won the G2 Woodford over this course in his last start beating some lesser contenders in the process, but considering his conservative connections, who would love nothing more than to win a Breeders’ Cup race at Keeneland, I’m assuming that was merely a prep. The effort was doubly encouraging because he showed newfound early speed, which is going to make him very dangerous here as there’s shockingly little of that commodity. I’m anticipating a big forward move from him here, and that’s enough to make him quite formidable.

I have the utmost respect for Imprimis and Leinster, but I actually went in a different direction with my top pick. Oleksandra (#8) is going to need to get some pace in front of her, but this 6-year-old mare is an absolute killer and she’s going to be a bigger price than she should be in this spot. The layoff is somewhat of a concern, but she just has a nose for the wire and I trust Joel Rosario, who, if you read my analysis regularly know I go on ad nauseum about, is an absolute master in turf sprints. I think Oleksandra is the right value play in this race.

Main:  3,7,8     Backup (priority):  9,12

Order of preference:  8-7-3-9

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