A full field of 14 older horses went to post in the $1.5 million Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1), a 6 furlong trip around one turn of the main track. Rich Tapestry, winner of the Santa Anita Sprint (G1) and runner-up in the Dubai Golden Shaheen (G1), was sent off as the 5-2 favorite. In to challenge him included 9-2 defending champion Secret Circle, third in the Santa Anita Sprint, and 7-1 third choice Palace, third in the Vosburgh (G1) last out.
13-1 Fast Anna dueled for the lead with 19-1 Work All Week through fractions of 21.19 and 43.34 while stalked by 8-1 Private Zone and Secret Circle. Entering the stretch, Work All Week took over from the tiring Fast Anna through 5/8 in 55.38, and held off the closing Secret Circle by 1/2 a length in 1:08.28. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Private Zone third, while Rich Tapestry failed to fire and finished last beaten 19 1/2 lengths.
Work All Week wins the Sprint over Secret Circle
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show
13 Work All Week Geroux 40.20 18.40 11.00
4 Secret Circle Garcia 6.40 4.60
5 Private Zone Pedroza 5.80
Winning Time: 1:08.28
$1 Exacta 13-4 122.70
$1 Trifecta 13-4-5 1,064.70
$1 Superfecta 13-4-5-14 19,848.60
Left: Work All Week in the winner's circle. Jockey Florent Geroux said, "My horse broke very sharp today. Before we knew it, I was already in second position. I didn't want to be going too fast or bring too slow, and I knew I needed to be right here. I was very confident the whole turn. By the quarter pole, my horse just catched a nice breather and I knew he was going to be very tough to catch."
Right: Work All Week heads back to the barn after the race. Trainer Roger Brueggeman celebrating his first Grade 1 win, said, "I thought he would move up in class, I really did but you never know. I really don't know what to say about it all. He just was really a nice horse. That's all I can say. He just does everything we ask, and how can you not be confident in him." This was the first Breeders' Cup win for the jockey and trainer, in their very first start.
The trophy presentation with trainer Roger Brueggemann second from left and Steven Jackson, NFL running back for the Atlanta Falcons, on the far right. Owner Richard Papiese said, "He doesn't know where he was born. Nothing against Illinois. I mean, he thinks he went through the ring at Keeneland and brought in 3.5 million. That's how he feels. You'll notice when we're in the ring, he wasn't intimidated by anything. We try to worry about what we need to do. Everything else, we can't control what else is going to happen. We're going to try to do the best we possibly can with what we can do."
Left: Second place finisher Secret Circle returns after the race. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "I knew that post was going to be tough. He ran really hard today and he tried so hard. He was trying to get there. I thought he was going to get there, but he came up short. He ran too good to lose." Jockey Martin Garcia added, "He ran good. I had a tough spot down inside and then the horse to my outside broke into me. After that I was waiting and waiting until it opened up. Then I made my run, but couldn't get there."
Right: Third place finisher Private Zone in the post parade. Jockey Martin Pedroza said, "I am disappointed that I didn't win, but I'm not disappointed in the way the horse ran. I could have gone to the lead, but I didn't want to because of the speed. I was happy to be off the pace. I didn't know this horse very well, but I'm happy with the way it worked out."
Beaten favorite and last place finisher Rich Tapestry returns to be unsaddled. The 5-2 choice raced 7th early under Olivier Doleuze and showed nothing when asked, finishing last of 14 beaten 19 1/2 lengths. The Michael Chang trainee has a record of 7 wins, 4 seconds, and 1 third in 28 starts, earning $1,449,533 for owners Yuk Tak Cheung, Chi Keung Ho, Tak Wai Wong, and Siu Shun Yang.
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