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Free Horse Racing Picks: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2022 Preview, Odds, Trends & Pick

  • Quickest fillies and mares on the dirt will be in action in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
  • Ce Ce gave Michael McCarthy a shock first win in this race in 2021, beating Bob Baffert’s Gamine

One of the races that threw up an almighty shock at the Breeders’ Cup last year was the Filly & Mare Sprint. Once again, an incredibly talented field of fillies and mares will go to post to run over the seven furlongs distance. Below, you can find out more about the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2022.  


Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2022 Schedule

  • When: Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 10:50 a.m ET
  • Where: Keeneland, Lexington
  • Grade: Grade 1
  • Distance: 7 Furlongs
  • Qualification: 3-Y-O+ Fillies & Mares
  • How To Watch: NBC Sports

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2022 Vegas Odds

HorseVegas Odds
Goodnight Olive+250
Echo Zulu+500
Letruska+600
Just One Time+700
Slammed+700
Ce Ce+800
Franks Rockette+800
Obligatory+1000
Matareya+1000
Chain Of Love+1100
Chi Town Lady+1200
Edgeway+1200
Samurai Charm+1600
Bella Sofia+2000
Becca Taylor+3300
Sconsin+3300

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Recent Winners & Records

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint has been no stranger to shock winners in previous years. William Bradley is the most successful trainer in the history of the race, having won on two occasions, both with Groupie Doll. Rajiv Maragh, Mike Smith, and Irad Ortiz Jr are all tied for the most wins as a jockey with two apiece.

YearWinnerTrainerJockey
2021Ce CeMichael McCarthyVictor Espinoza
2020GamineBob BaffertJohn Velazquez
2019CovfefeBrad CoxJoel Rosario
2018Shamrock RoseMark CasseIrad Ortiz Jr
2017Bar Of GoldJohn KimmelIrad Ortiz Jr
2016Finest CityIan KruljacMike Smith

Surprises can often be thrown up in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, which means that the trends make for very important reading. Some of the key stats for the race can be found below.

  • Two of the previous seven favorite have won the race (Gamine-2020 & Covfefe-2019)
  • Nine of the previous ten winners of the race have been trained in the United States
  • All winners of the previous ten years have placed at least twice this season, and have made at least one start over this distance

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2022 Leading Contenders

Goodnight Olive

  • Odds: +250
  • Trainer: Chad Brown
  • Best Equibase Figure: 108

It’s hard to ignore Goodnight Olive’s progression throughout this season. The four-year-old stepped up in class in excellent fashion at the end of August, as she claimed victory in the G1 Ballerina Handicap. That run scored a career-best rating of 108, and came over the Filly & Mare Sprint distance of seven furlongs.

It only helps her case that she broke her maiden at Keeneland in October last year, scoring a rating of 98 when beating Oscarette and Mun Luv. If there was any slight doubt, it would be the fact that she is taking on proven graded performers at the Breeders’ Cup this year.


Echo Zulu

  • Odds: +500
  • Trainer: Steven Asmussen
  • Best RPR Figure: 104

Echo Zulu is one of a number of runners available in ante-post market that may have headed in a different direction had their season played out as many would have hoped. The three-year-old was well beaten in the G1 Kentucky Oaks in May, but she made a very pleasing return to the track over seven furlongs in the G3 Dogwood Stakes.

That run at Churchill Downs scored a rating of 104, as she beat Tarabi into submission with a five-length victory. There’s no denying that she is an extremely talented filly, and is a previous Breeders’ Cup winner over 1 1/16 miles.


Letruska

  • Odds: +600
  • Trainer: Fausto Gutierrez
  • Best Equibase Speed Figure: 114

It has been a difficult season for fans of Letruska, as she has struggled over 1 1/8 miles in graded company. However, that means that the speedy mare makes a captivating entrant for the Filly & Mare Sprint this year. There’s no doubt that she possesses the speed to put up a strong bid, but it is a pretty big concern that this is her first start over this distance since finishing fifth in the G1 Ballerina in 2020.

However, she is an incredibly talented runner, having won four Grade 1s in 2021 alone. A lot of fans will be hoping that she can finally get her Breeders’ Cup win this year, but many would have been hoping that she landed in Distaff.


One To Watch

I’ve always been a fan of Bella Sofia for Rudy Rodriguez, but she has certainly looked off the pace since beating both Obligatory, and Frank’s Rockette on her first two starts this term. That was evident as she finished over 16 lengths behind Goodnight Olive in the G1 Ballerina last time out. But, the Keeneland track could play more to her advantage, and each-way possibilities could be likely.

However, the most interesting runner to watch out for appears to be Slammed. The four-year-old for Todd Fincher was an excellent winner over six furlongs at Keeneland on her latest start in the G2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes, beating Happy Soul by over six lengths to hit a rating of 111.


Free Horse Racing Picks: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint 2022 Pick and Prediction

The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is a very interesting race this year. Letruska is a very solid contender if back at her very best, but the preference is slightly for Slammed. There was something about her performance at Keeneland last time out that shows that she has the quality to perform in Grade 1 company and is a very good price.


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1 Comment

  • Anonymous

    Bella Sofia is not even in the race

    Posted on 2nd November 2022 at 5:16 am
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