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

  • Fastest two-year-olds on the turf will be in action in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint
  • Irad Ortiz Jr has ridden the winner of this race in the previous three renewals

One of the newest races added to the Breeders’ Cup schedule comes in the form of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. This race will pit the fastest horses on the turf against one another, with a distance of 5 ½ furlongs covered. You can find out more about the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2022 below.


Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2022 Schedule

  • When: Friday, November 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m ET
  • Where: Keeneland, Lexington
  • Grade: Grade 1
  • Distance: 5 ½ Furlongs
  • Qualification: 2-Y-O
  • How To Watch: NBC Sports

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2022 Vegas Odds

HorseOdds
Blackbeard+250
The Platinum Queen+300
Private Creed+500
Love Reigns+600
Speed Boat Beach+600
Dramatised+800
Mischief Magic+1000
The Ridler+1100
Tyler’s Tribe+1100
Swingalong+1200
Matilda Picotte+1400
Rocket Rodney+1400
Mo Stash+1400
Aesop’s Fables+1400
Sharp Aza Tack+1600
American Apple+1600
Treasure Trove+2000

Recent Winners & Records

The Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint is one of the newest races added to the schedule at the event, and it was first run back in 2018. However, before that, it was simply called the Juvenile Turf Sprint. It will be run as a Grade 1 for the first time this year. Wesley Ward has a dominant record, as he and Irad Ortiz Jr have joined forces with three of the previous four winners. 

YearWinnerTrainerJockey
2021Twilight GleamingWesley WardIrad Ortiz Jr
2020Golden PalWesley WardIrad Ortiz Jr
2019Four Wheel DriveWesley WardIrad Ortiz Jr
2018BulletinTodd PletcherJavier Castellano

As one of the newest races added to the Breeders’ Cup schedule, finding the winner in the Juvenile Turf Sprint may be pretty challenging. However, the key trends worth considering can be found below.

  • Two of the previous four winners have been the pre-race favorite (Golden Pal- 2020 & Four Wheel Drive- 2019)
  • All four previous winners have been trained in the United States
  • Previous winners have all been within the first four in the betting, and won by at least a neck on their previous start

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2022 Leading Contenders

Blackbeard

  • Odds: +250
  • Trainer: Aidan O’Brien
  • Best RPR Figure: 116

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All the trends may point to an American-trained winner this year, but the fact that it has been upgraded to a Grade 1 means that a number of exciting European rivals will be involved. They will likely be led by Aidan O’Brien’s Blackbeard. He has been an exciting two-year-old throughout the season and travels to Keeneland after picking up victories on his previous three starts.

The pick of his wins recorded an RPR of 116, as he finished two lengths clear of The Antarctic in the G1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. All his best form has come over six furlongs, but there’s no reason to suggest that the 5 ½ furlong distance won’t suit.


The Platinum Queen

  • Odds: +300
  • Trainer: Richard Fahey
  • Best RPR Figure: 108

The Platinum Queen is currently the second choice in the betting for Richard Fahey. This two-year-old has been incredibly consistent over five furlongs this season, as she has won four from seven starts, and has finished second on two occasions. She will likely be the mount of Hollie Doyle once again at Keeneland, after the star jockey led the filly to a dramatic success at Longchamp in the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye de Longchamp at the start of October.

She showed all her character in the final stages of that race, as she held on extremely impressively. If she heads to Keeneland, she’s a major player.


Private Creed

  • Odds: +500
  • Trainer: Steven Asmussen
  • Best Equibase Speed Figure: 91

The shortest-priced American contender in the field comes in the form of Private Creed, for trainer Steven Asmussen. This runner already boasts course and distance experience, as he landed the Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland in early September. On that occasion, he held off Mo Stash and No Nay Hudson.

That was an excellent return to the distance, having held off Sharp Aza Tack in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Sprint. The speed figures that she has recorded firmly puts her in the mix, but the draw could be vitally important for her running style.


One To Watch

All the trends would indicate that the Wesley Ward/Irad Ortiz Jr runner must be examined. Love Reigns has done nothing wrong on track to this point, with her only defeat coming at Royal Ascot, as she finished three lengths behind Dramatised. However, she returned to winning ways in the States at the end of August with a two-length win over Danse Macabre. At present, she presents excellent value.

The G3 Prix d’Arenberg also presents a very interesting form line coming into this race. That contest was won by Lady Hollywood, but Rocket Rodney looks like the progressive sort to keep on side. He was hampered in the closing stages of that race and has already placed in some pretty competitive sprints this year, including seconds in the Julia Graves Roses Stakes and Windsor Castle Stakes.

His most recent win was an impressive one at Sandown, beating Cuban Mistress in listed company by two lengths to reach an RPR of 105.


Free Horse Racing Picks: Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint 2022 Prediction

This could be a race to go against the favorite in the betting. I am very keen on The Platinum Queen for Hollie Doyle, but my top pick would be Rocket Rodney, who appears to be progressing with every run. It’s also hard to ignore the Ward/Ortiz Jr link with Love Reigns as a second choice.


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1 Comment

  • John Burton

    As of Wednesday, 11/02, # 2 LOVE REIGNS (4-1) (E/P 6) is a one of the strong contenders. My only concerns regarding her is her late pace and the fact that she was beaten by Karl Burke’s # 4 DRAMATISED (15-1) in her last stake race at Ascot. Other strong contenders are Richard Faley’s # 12 THE PLATINUM QUEEN (7/2), Bob Baffert’s # 11 SPEED BOAT BEACH (6-1), and Charles Appleby’s # 5 MISCHIEF MAGIC (8-1). I will box these 5 contenders – 2 x 4 x 5 x 11 x 12 – in an Exacta Box and a Trifecta Box. What are your final picks and betting strategy?

    Posted on 2nd November 2022 at 1:46 pm
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