The first Championship race in the 2007 Breeders' Cup was the inaugural running of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. A field of ten older fillies and mares faced the starter in this 6 furlong sprint on the main track at Monmouth Park. Undefeated La Traviata was sent off as the 2-1 favorite, coming off the Victory Ride (G3) over 3- 1 second choice Dream Rush, winner of the Test (G1) and Prioress (G1). 6-1 Miss Macy Sue, winner of the Presque Isle Downs Masters, rounded out the top three on the toteboard.
Maryfield takes the lead on the outside in the stretch with Miraculous Miss on the rail.
Jockey Eibar Coa gunned Dream Rush to the front right away and she opened up a 2 length lead down the backstretch through fractions of 21.29 and 44.19 while being stalked by favorite La Traviata the whole way. Entering the stretch, La Traviata tired and dropped from contention allowing Dream Rush to lead up to the 1/8 pole. However, she too tired from the fast early pace as 8-1 Maryfield, who had raced back in seventh early, found room between horses on the turn, then came out six wide into the stretch for the drive. She closed with a rush to take the lead inside the 1/16 pole and was all out to hold off late-closing 43-1 longest shot Miraculous Miss by just 1/2 a length in 1:09.85 over the sloppy, sealed main track. It was another 1 1/2 lengths to Miss Macy Sue third, while favorite La Traviata finished sixth.
Maryfield wins the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
4 Maryfield Trujillo 18.00 9.00 6.00
2 Miraculous Miss Rose 37.40 17.20
1 Miss Macy Sue Razo 4.60
Winning Time: 1:09.85
$2 Exacta 4-2 374.80
$1 Trifecta 4-2-1 878.40
$1 Superfecta 4-2-1-10 6,787.00
Maryfield with her winner's flowers. Her jockey Elvis Trujillo said, "She finished so strong. They were going too fast on the front end. I knew they were going to stop. With them going so fast, I knew it was going to help us.
I'm thrilled, thrilled."
Maryfield in the post parade. Her trainer Doug O'Neill said, “She's so amazingly gifted with speed. When we
claimed her, we just assumed she was a filly that had to be up near the
front end, and she's such a tall, big, good-looking filly, it's amazing,
it took us about seven starts for us to figure it out.
But she's so big that by rushing off her feet, it just takes a lot of run
out of her and just letting her break and settle, she's so much more
giving late in the race.”
Maryfield heads back to the barn. Winning co-owner James Perry said, “I don't think any of us
saw her until about halfway through the stretch. We didn't pick
her up until there was about maybe an eighth of a mile to go when she was
flying on the outside. And then of course we knew at that point that it
was just a matter of time.”
Second place finisher Miraculous Miss in the post parade. Her jockey Jeremy Rose said, "She ran great.
I had a perfect trip and she ran her heart out but she just got beat.
The track is good. It's real wet on top, but you can feel the bottom.
She got a hold of the bottom today and ran great."
Her trainer Steve Klesaris said, "Great
race. Jeremy did a great job. She had a great trip around there
and came up the inside. I think the winner had a lot of momentum in the
center of the racetrack. I'm very pleased."
Third place finisher Miss Macy Sue in the post parade. Her jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. said, "She always
breaks slow so I was expecting it. I knew if I tried to take hold of
her, she would try to run off with me. I stayed on the rail, came to
the middle of the track on the turn, and (Oprah Winney) kind of cut in
front of me a little bit. I had to check slightly there. I don't know
if it cost me the race, but she finished real well."
Her trainer Kelly Von Hemel said, "I think the
one-hole hurt us just a little bit because those other fillies were a
lot quicker, and she got shuffled back some, and bumped around a little
bit. I don't know whether it cost us a placing or not. I thought she ran
very well. I am very proud of her."
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