Sharp Angles – Breeders’ Cup Fast Lane

In this week’s Sharp Angles post we’ll take a look at the two Breeders’ Cup ‘fast lane’ contests - the Sprint and Filly and Mare Sprint.

Breeders' Cup Sprint - 6 furlongs on the dirt
Races Analyzed: 6 Santa Anita Grade 1 races for males on dirt (including 2013 & 2014 Breeders’ Cup Sprints)
Date Range: January 1, 2013 - October 18, 2016
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st in Average Last 3 Turn Time
Factor Stats: Has won 2 of the 6 races (33%) for a $39.20 Win ROI

The most relevant sample is pretty small, just six 6F Grade 1's for males at Santa Anita the past three years. However, this factor looks to be an emerging one. 2014 BC Sprint champ (at a $40.20 mutuel) Work All Week (pictured) ranked first in this factor. The most recent winner did too, Santa Anita Sprint Championship conqueror Lord Nelson ($3). Expanding the sample to include Grade 2 6F dirt races for males at the 'Great Race Place' would show another 2016 winner - Kobe's Back, the $7 victor of the Grade 2 Palos Verdes S. on February 7.

Work All Week (City Zip) wins the Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on 11.1.2014. Florent Geroux up, Roger Brueggermann trainer, Midwest Thoroughbreds owners.

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint - 7 furlongs on the dirt
Races Analyzed: 6 Santa Anita Graded races for females on dirt (including 2013 & 2014 Breeders’ Cup F & M Sprints)
Date Range: January 1, 2013 - October 18, 2016
Sharp Angle: Ranked 1st Best Speed Today's Track
Factor Stats: Has won 3 of the 6 races (50%) for a $15.20 Win ROI

Small sample and small ROI for this one too but this factor has pointed to the last two BC Filly & Mare Sprint winners at Santa Anita - 2013 heroine Groupie Doll ($8) and 2014 winner Judy the Beauty ($8.20). The other winner was Teddy's Promise the $5 winner of the 2013 Santa Monica Stakes.

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