The Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint presents an even-betting online field where Goodnight Olive and last year’s winner Ce Ce are at the top of the market.
There is plenty of value with our Breeders’ Cup picks, and with runners such as Echo Zulu and Frank’s Rockette at 6-1, the value is there to be snapped up for the Filly & Mare Sprint.
|Slammed||Florent Geroux||Todd Fincher||15/1|
|Edgeway||Juan Hernandez||John Sadler||15/1|
|Chi Town Lady||Flavien Prat||Wesley Ward||20/1|
|Ce Ce||Victor Espinoza||Michael McCarthy||4/1|
|Frank’s Rockette||Luis Saez||William Mott||6/1|
|Chain of Love||William Buick||Michihiro Ogasa||20/1|
|Obligatory||Jose Ortiz||William Mott||8/1|
|Goodnight Olive||Irad Ortiz||Chad Brown||3/1|
|Sterling Silver||Javier Castellano||Thomas Albertraini||30/1|
|Hot Peppers||Junior Alvarado||Rudy Rodriguez||30/1|
Form Through Ballerina
The best form guide for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint is seemingly the Ballerina, which was won by race favorite Goodnight Olive.
Obligatory finished third in the race, so a lot of the early Breeders’ Cup betting money has come for those two runners. Goodnight Olive is a 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper, who has powered her way to five consecutive wins.
She had been winning in allowance company before winning at Grade I level last start at Saratoga. There is still plenty left in the tank and having Chad Brown as the trainer helps her cause.
However, bettors shouldn’t look past defending champion Ce Ce. She has more experience than most in this field and there is nothing wrong with her recent form.
The Michael McCarthy-trained mare won the Chillingworth Stakes last start, and although she finished only fifth in the Ballerina, she didn’t have all favors. Her form prior included wins in the Princess Rooney and Azeri, so she hasn’t lost her sprinting abilities.
Owner Bo Hirsch noted a few rivals, but he just wants his charge to come to Keeneland in good order.
“You obviously have the 3-year-old Echo Zulu, and Letruska. They’re going to be tough, and the rest of them too,” Hirsch told BloodHorse. “I’m more concerned about Ce Ce and bringing her A game to the race.
“If she has her ‘A’ game going, I think she’ll be awfully tough in there, and it’s going to take one heck of a horse to beat her.”
Frank’s Rockette capped off consistent form with a win in the Pink Ribbon. She had placed in five consecutive runs prior to that, including a second placing in the Honorable Miss Handicap behind Kimari.
Bettors get value odds with the sportsbook and she could be worth including in Breeders’ Cup selections.
How the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Could Unfold
Big fields are always tough to work out over the short distances, so it’s all about speed in this race.
We look to Ce Ce and Frank’s Rockette to push forward from their inside barriers, and if they control the pace nicely, they should have something left in the tank for the home stretch.
Goodnight Olive is likely to be sitting behind the speed and it all depends on tempo. If they get cheap sectionals up front, she will find it tough to make ground. However, she’s a quality type and Ortiz might choose to settle handy.
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Race Information
- Race: Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
- Location: Keeneland, Lexington, KY
- Day, Post Time: Saturday, 11:50 ET (Race 3)
- Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Stream: TVG
Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Race Betting Lines
|ODDS TO WIN BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY AND MARE SPRINT||MONEYLINE|
|Chi Town Lady||+1800|
|Chain Of Love||+1800|
The odds in this chart are based on the time of publication. They are subject to change.
Ce Ce is our top pick. Goodnight Olive comes off a stronger win and she defeated Ce Ce two starts back. However, the defending champion has been there, done that, so we’re sticking with her. Include Frank’s Rockette and Obligatory for trifecta options.
- 4 to win
- 4 with 5, 8 exactas
- 4 with 5, 7, 8 trifectas