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Jockey Mike Smith celebrates after Finest City's Filly and Mare Sprint victory.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Results

Date: 11/05/2016

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Sprint   Turf Sprint   Juvenile   Turf   F&M Sprint   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

The $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) featured a field of 13 older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Acorn (G1) winner Carina Mia was the 3-1 favorite off her second place finish in the Cotillion (G1). In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Haveyougoneaway, winner of the Ballerina (G1) and Honorable Miss (G1) and 5-1 third choice Tara's Tango, 4th in the Zenyatta (G1) after winning the Rancho Bernardo (G2).

Finest City leads down the stretch.

18-1 Gloryzapper contested the pace with 15-1 Paulassilverlinng and 8-1 Finest City through fractions of 21.98 and 44.82. Gloryzapper tired badly into the lane, allowing Finest City to inherit the front through 3/4 in 1:09.42. Kept to task by Mike Smith, Finest City held off late-running 14-1 defending champion Wavell Avenue by 3/4 length in 1:22.37. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Paulassilverlining third, while favorite Carina Mia checked in ninth.

Finest City wins the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show330
12   Finest City        Smith            19.40  10.00  6.60
10   Wavell Avenue      Rosario                 13.80  8.80
 9   Paulassilverlining Talamo                         9.20

Winning Time:  1:22.37

$1 Exacta 12-10                      108.20
$1 Trifecta 12-10-9                1,235.70
$1 Superfecta 12-10-9-3            8,392.00
Results chart

Left: Finest City in the winner's circle. Jockey Mike Smith said, "I love going along on the turf, back to middle distance sprint on the dirt. I was able to get on her a few times for him, and she was really going into this race great. She jumped very well today. I was able to just kind of put my hands down. Once they go 1 1/8 they learn to relax. She was well within herself. I knew she had her air in her being that she was running the distance. So it was just a matter if we could hold them off, and she did a great job of doing that. Again, just happy that I was part of the team today.

Right: The trophy celebration for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Trainer Ian Kruljac (holding the trophy) said, "I saw (Wavell Avenue) coming at her, and she dug down and started to pull away more, so I know she's got a lot of heart, and definitely a fighter. To get a Group 1 for a filly is everything you can do in this game, especially on this stage. There's nothing more you can dream for."

Left: Finest City in the post parade. Winning owner Tyler Seltzer said, "I went upstairs to my office in my house, and I found a mug from the first time I ever attended a Breeders' Cup when I was 11 years old. It was November 1st, 1986, 30 years ago here at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. And I came with my mom. My mom's no longer alive. And her initials are on the back of our silks. She's been deceased for about nine years now. But I fell in love with horseracing at a very young age. To be back here 30 years later at a place like this in a race like this, with people like this and a horse like that, is just beyond belief."

Right: Finest City heads back to the barn.

Left: Second place finisher Wavell Avenue heads out to the track before the race. Trainer Chad Brown said, "She ran huge. She showed she's a real Grade 1 performer and last year was no fluke. She's a real good horse, especially in the fall. I'm proud of her effort. She was just second best."

Right: Third place finisher Paulassilverlining in the post parade. Trainer Michelle Nevin said, "I expected her to run well today and she did.  Joe (Talamo) told me after the race that if she hadn't been pressed and had a chance to give her a little breather, then she would have run even better. I don't know if she would have won.  I was pleased with her performance."


Ninth place finisher and beaten favorite Corina Mia returns after the race. Trainer Bill Mott said, "It's a head scratcher."

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   F&M Turf   Sprint   Turf Sprint   Juvenile   Turf   F&M Sprint   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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