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Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

Grade II race
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint
Location United States, United States
Inaugurated 2008
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Official Breeders' Cup website
Race information
Distance (6.5 furlongs)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse US$1,000,000

The Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint is a Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses 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. The distance of the race will vary depending on the host track's turf course requirements[1].

The race was run for the first time in 2008 during the second day of Breeders' Cup racing at that year's host track, Santa Anita Park.

The 2008 race was held at a distance of six and a half furlongs and was contested on Santa Anita’s signature El Camino Real “downhill” turf course. In 2008 the race was limited to 14 starters. Besides Santa Anita, the only tracks in North America capable of contesting longer than six and 1/2 furlong turf races are Woodbine [2] and Belmont [3]. Churchill Downs, which has hosted the Breeders' Cup 6 times, only conducts turf sprints at 5 furlongs [4]. Breeders' Cup Officials did announce a preferred distance for the race, unlike all other Breeders' Cup races.

Because of technical requirements, it was not eligible for classification as a graded stakes race in its first two runnings.[5] Starting in 2010, it will be a Grade II race.[6]


Automatic Berths

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that alloted automatic qualifying bids to winners of defined races. Each of the fourteen divisions has between three and six of these, "Win and You're In," qualifiers. In the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Division there are four automatic berths. In 2009, the Win and You're In races are: the Arlington Sprint Handicap, an ungraded race at Arlington Park; the Prix Maurice de Gheest, a group one race at Deauville-La Touques Racecourse; the Manikato Stakes, a group one race at Moonee Valley Racecourse; the Morvich Handicap, a grade one race at Santa Anita Park; the Morvich Handicap, a group one race at Longchamp Racecourse; and the Nearctic Stakes, a grade one race at Woodbine Racetrack.


Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

  • No jockey has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a trainer:

  • No trainer has won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once.












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Joe Talamo Brian Koriner Hi Card Ranch




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Richard Migliore David Hofmans Tarabilla Farms



See also

  • American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events



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