Private Zone, Runhappy expected to run away with Breeders' Cup Sprint


The Breeders' Cup Sprint always draws a huge field, and this year is no exception with 15 involved in the race. That said, even though there are 15 in the field, there are only two in Private Zone and Runhappy who are thought to have any chance of hitting the line first in the fastest race in the Breeders' Cup.

1: Alsvid (50/1) – A six-year old colt with 33 career races and 13 career wins which has won just one graded stakes race this year is being allowed to enter the Breeders' Cup Sprint. We see an issue with that.

2: Kobe's Back (15/1) – Gary Stevens is always a good jockey to bet on, and Kobe's Back has him on his back. These two teamed up to finish second by a neck in the Santa Anita Sprint Challenge a few weeks ago. It wasn't a win, but it was enough to tell us that Kobe's Back can be a threat in the Sprint.

3: Stallwalkin' Dude (15/1) – He won the Tale of the Cat at Saratoga, but aside from that, there isn't a lot to love about Stallwalkin' Dude. He'll need to do better than he did in his last race, a 104 Beyer Speed Rating to win here at the Sprint.

4: Limousine Liberal (15/1) – John Velazquez has mounted a ton of winners at the Breeders' Cup, but here, he gets a three-year old who has only run four races and has never won a graded stakes race. How did Limousine Liberal get here to Keeneland Park? A whopping 105 Beyer Speed Rating in the King's Bishop Sprint at Saratoga in August in which he placed second to…

5: Runhappy (3/1) – Yes, Runhappy only has six career races, but five of those are wins. The failure was at the LeComte Stakes in January, but from that point forward, Runhappy was done doing anything but sprinting. He's also done doing anything but winning since as well.

6: Ivan Fallunovalot (30/1) – Prime Power suggests this is the third best horse in this field, and that puts good value on this 30 to 1 price. That said, this is a pony who has never run higher than a Grade 3 race in his career. Eleven wins are great, but they've only netted $476,910 in earnings.

7: Holy Boss (15/1) – Holy Boss was the favorite at the King's Bishop Sprint, and that makes us believe he has a shot here at a good price at the Breeders' Cup Sprint. His last workout at four furlongs in 49 flat was a real warning sign for Saturday.

8: Wild Dude (10/1) – A win at the Saratoga Sprint Challenge was the only thing that sent Wild Dude here to Keeneland Park. He's a West Coast horse who is well-known in California, but how well he'll adapt to running at Keeneland remains to be seen.

9: Masochistic (10/1) – It was a little surprising that Masochistic failed so miserably at the Saratoga Sprint Challenge. He finished fourth that day, marking two straight Grade 1 races in which he failed as a favorite. That could make for a good overlay for this Saturday, though.

10: Salutos Amigos (12/1) – The Mr. Prospector winner at Monmouth comes to Keeneland for the first time. He's a sneaky pick with over $1 million in career earnings, especially with three wins and a place in seven starts this year.

11: Barbados (20/1) – We refuse to think much of a colt who has never run in a Grade 1 race, though the fact that Barbados was a favorite at the Amsterdam Stakes in August at Saratoga does tell us that someone thinks he has some talent.

12: Big Macher (20/1) – He ran in the Breeders' Cup Sprint last year, finishing ninth amongst the 14 entries. It's tough to see much better this year, especially knowing that Big Macher ran over in the UAE earlier this year and has only run one race since.

13: Private Zone (5/2) – The favorite of the Sprint is so for good reason. He not only won the Forego Stakes, but he did so in fine fashion, posting a 106 Beyer Speed Rating. Six furlongs isn't his specialty, so there's some concern here. The layoff over the course of the last two months won't help either.

14: Favorite Tale (12/1) – Here we have a colt who has run well with lesser colts and has struggled against the top dogs of late. What we love about Favorite Tale is his Monday workout at Keeneland in which he blew through four furlongs in just 47 and 3.

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