- Fastest horses on the turf will be in action in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2022
- Golden Pal will be looking for a second straight victory in the race for Wesley Ward and Irad Ortiz Jr
There will be a sense of blink, and you miss it at Keeneland on Saturday, November 5, 2022, as the fastest horses on the grass will be in action in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2022. This race looks to be a very interesting betting heat, as Golden Pal looks to give Wesley Ward and Irad Ortiz Jr a second straight win.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2022 Schedule
- When: Saturday, November 5, 2022, at 11:29 a.m ET
- Where: Keeneland, Lexington
- Grade: Grade 1
- Distance: 5 1/2 Furlongs
- Qualification: 3-Y-O+
- How To Watch: NBC Sports
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2022 Vegas Odds
|Arrest Me Red||+1600|
|A Case Of You||+2000|
Recent Winners & Records
The Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint has been on the schedule at the event since 2008. It has been a Grade 1 since the 2012 renewal, and it has been competed over distances between five furlongs and 6 ½ furlongs throughout its history.
Only two previous horses have won the race on more than one occasion, with Mizdirection winning in 2012 and 2013, and Stormy Liberal claiming victory in 2017 and 2018. Peter Miller is the most successful trainer with three victories, while Mike Smith and Joel Rosario have both claimed two wins.
|2021||Golden Pal||Wesley Ward||Irad Ortiz Jr|
|2020||Glass Slippers||Kevin Ryan||Tom Eaves|
|2019||Belvoir Bay||Peter Miller||Javier Castellano|
|2018||Stormy Liberal||Peter Miller||Drayden Van Dyke|
|2017||Stormy Liberal||Peter Miller||Joel Rosario|
|2016||Obviously||Philip D’Amato||Flavien Prat|
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint Trends
The trends are important reading before placing a bet on the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2022. You can find some of the key stats to consider before placing a wager here.
- Only one winning favorite of this race in the previous eight editions (Golden Pal- 2021). Favorites have only placed in three of the previous seven.
- The US trainers have recorded nine wins in this race from the previous ten editions. There has only been one British-trained winner during that time.
- All previous winners over the past ten years have recorded at least three placings over the previous 12 months, and had run in at least a Grade 3 on their previous start.
Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2022 Leading Contenders
- Odds: +175
- Trainer: Wesley Ward
- Best Equibase Figure: 126
Last year’s champion is back to defend his title. His highest recorded speed figure was recorded in the Turf Sprint last year, and he returned to the track with a fine win at Keeneland in the G2 Shakertown. The only blip on his record came at Royal Ascot in June, as Irad Ortiz Jr rode Golden Pal extremely poorly to take 16th.
However, that tactical mishap looks behind him now, after claiming victory in the G3 Troy, before landing another victory at Keeneland in the G2 Woodford Stakes by a length from Oceanic. Over this course, there appear to be few better than this four-year-old, and his claims a rock solid.
- Odds: +225
- Trainer: John Quinn
- Best RPR Figure: 125
One of the stories at the Breeders’ Cup this year could come in the form of Highfield Princess for John Quinn. This five-year-old has been in excellent form throughout this year, with her only defeat over six furlongs or less coming in the G1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes. However, since that narrow defeat, she has won her previous three over distances ranging from five furlongs to 6 ½ furlongs. Her win at York in the G1 Nunthorpe over The Platinum Queen was enough for me to get on her early for this race.
She warmed up for Keeneland with another impressive showing over five furlongs at the Curragh, setting an RPR of 125 for the second straight race with a three-length win in the G1 Flying Five. She’s such a likable contender, and she couldn’t come into this in better form after winning three Grade 1s on the bounce over a variety of conditions.
- Odds: +1000
- Trainer: Wesley Ward
- Best Equibase Speed Figure: 114
The quality of the top two in the betting is highlighted by the fact that Campanelle, who is a graded winner in her own right, is as big as +1000. This year, she has already won at Keeneland, as she landed the Giant’s Causeway Stakes in April over the Turf Sprint Distance. However, she isn’t the most straightforward contender in the world, as she often likes to do things the hard way. That style saw her beat in the G1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes, as she finished in third.
Most concerning, her final prep run came at Kentucky Downs, as she landed the G3 Mint Ladies Sprint Stakes. There was nothing wrong with that performance, but Breeders’ Cup hopefuls that have passed through Kentucky Downs since 2014 have gone 0-26 at the big event in November.
One To Watch
Casa Creed could be a very interesting runner in the Turf Sprint this year for William Mott. She was well held on her previous showing over a mile, as she finished over two lengths behind Annapolis in the G1 Coolmore Turf. However, that run could have been used to gain some experience at Keeneland.
She was a winner on her last start over the sprint distance, as she landed the G1 Jaipur at Belmont Park from Arrest Me Red. That performance was a pleasing one, and it’s hard to dismiss her each-way possibilities in the Turf Sprint off the back of that.
Free Horse Racing Picks: Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint 2022 Pick and Prediction
Golden Pal ticks all the boxes you could wish for regarding this race. The Ward runner has won on all four previous starts at Keeneland, including twice over the Turf Sprint distance. Highfield Princess is easily the most interesting second choice, but she is slightly shorter in the betting at this moment than I would be prepared to take.