Breeders’ Cup Sprint Preview – By Dean Keppler

By: Dean Keppler

Race #7: The Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (Dirt – 6 Furlongs) 3 YO+
Purse: $2 Million

9-Jackie’s Warrior (4/5) was a beaten favorite in this event last year but has looked tremendous since then winning 4 of his last 5 for trainer Steve Asmussen with the lone exception a recent defeat to Cody’s Wish in the Grade 1 Forego. The superstar 4-year-old cuts back to 6 furlongs this afternoon and may not face an abundance of early zip (which is usually a certainty in this event). He’s posted some of the top Beyers in this field (109/110) and enters today’s showdown a fresh horse coming off a 2-month layoff. The 5-year-old mare 2-Kimari (4/1) comes off back-to-back solid wins for trainer Wesley Ward in snappy times and has already proven she handles this Keeneland surface with a win in the Grade 1 Madison in 2021 and a 3rd in this year’s edition. She’s 2 for 2 at 6 furlongs and may have another forward move in the tank making her 3rd start off the mini freshening. She seems to fit snuggly with the boys in this year’s edition.


2022 Breeders Cup Wagering Guide


6-Elite Power (6/1) has won 4 straight for Juddmonte and trainer Bill Mott and comes off a career best 101 Beyer in his Grade 2 Vosburgh 7-furlong victory. However, although he’s won at 6 panels– it may not be his optimum distance and he may have too much to do late if the pace isn’t blistering. 10-Willy Boi (30/1) finished 3rd to top choice in the Grade 2 Alfred G. Vanderbilt at Saratoga when beaten 5 lengths back in July and comes into this race fresh and fit for trainer Jorge Delgado. The gelding has never cracked a triple digit Beyer but is 5 for 9 at 6 furlongs; is nicely drawn outside and could trip out nicely following the heavy favorite. 5-Aloha West (12/1) was an upset 11/1 winner of this event last year when spurting home late to win by a nose but may not get the necessary quick pace he capitalized on for victory in the 2022 rendition. 

SELECTIONS: 9-2-6-10



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