Around six weeks ago we went into the Kentucky Oaks with two outstanding three-year-olds both vying for favoritism. Neither would take the win in one of the bigger upsets of the season so far but Swiss Skydiver got over the disappointment rather quickly by stepping up to the Preakness and taking out a big victory.
The other horse has pretty much been forgotten about since that Friday at Churchill Downs but come the Breeders’ Cup, Gamine will very much be on the radar.
Bob Baffert’s star who put in for my money the run of the year so far in her 18 and three-quarter length victory at the Grade I Acorn is slated for the starting gate in the Filly & Mare Sprint. The Grade I $1,000,000 race looks like the perfect spot for the daughter of Into Mischief to make her return to the track.
One of the biggest questions going into the Oaks was about her stamina. The top-level speed wasn’t even questioned but she had never gone two turns before. At the Oaks those questions weren’t answered in any satisfactory manner so the decision to put the two time Grade I winner into the seven-furlong Filly & Mare Sprint rather than the nine-furlong Distaff makes sense.
Little has been seen or written about the horse in the weeks since that below par run at the Kentucky Oaks. We know that she ran 52.6secs for a four furlong workout at Santa Anita earlier this month, which was her first work since that day. It comes as no surprise that she hasn’t been entered into a race in the two month gap between the Oaks and the Breeders’ Cup to allow her to recover and train up to the event.
Gamine has been installed as the betting favorite on the international Ante-Post Betting Markets with 5/2 the most common price available. Seemingly bettors aren’t too bothered about that third-place finish at the Oaks and that Acorn Stakes run is still very much in the forefront of their minds.
We’ll have more on the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint and the other races at the Breeders’ Cup over the next few weeks in the run-up to the event...