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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates after Bar of Gold's Filly and Mare Sprint victory.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Results

Date: 11/04/2017

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The $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) featured a full field of 14 older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Unique Bella was sent off as the 11-10 favorite, undefeated in 4 starts this year including the L.A. Woman (G3) last out at Santa Anita. In to challenge her included 6-1 second choice Skye Diamonds, winner of the Rancho Bernardo (G3) and 8-1 third choice Finley'sluckycharm, winner of the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at Keeneland.

Bar of Gold rallied on the outside of Ami's Mesa down the stretch.

Mike Smith sent Skye Diamonds to the front exiting the chute through fractions of 21.84 and 44.35 while pressed by 87-1 Princess Karen and stalked by 19-1 Finest City. Entering the lane Unique Bella tired as 18-1 Ami's Mesa, 7th early under Luis Contreras, moved up to gain a short lead through 3/4 in 1:09.56. 66-1 Bar of Gold, 12th early under Irad Ortiz Jr., came out wide for room and caught Ami's Mesa at the line for the win by a nose in 1:22.63. It was a length back to 20-1 Carina Mia third, while Unique Bella was 7th.

Bar of Gold wins the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show330
 5   Bar of Gold        Ortiz Jr.       135.40  44.20 21.60
14   Ami's Mesa         Contreras               16.20 11.00
 1   Carina Mia         Castellano                    11.00

Winning Time:  1:22.63

$1 Exacta 5-14                     1,030.20
$1 Trifecta 5-14-1                13,853.50
$1 Superfecta 5-14-1-12          176,369.50
Results chart

Left: Bar of Gold in the winner's circle. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "I got a perfect trip. She broke good, put me in good position and I just saved her. She made a good run on the inside and when I took her to the outside, she responded pretty good."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Trainer John Kimmel said, "We knew it was in there somewhere. She pulled it out at the right moment. She's brushed on greatness a few times, and she's gotten better as the years have gone on. Her last race (Juddmonte Spinster at Keeneland) was weird. At the track it had been raining all day and she really didn't break sharp and was wide. It was really just a throw-out. We were all confused about whether we were going to come out here, but then we got her back to New York (from Kentucky) and she had a couple of breezes that were really impressive."

Left: Bar of Gold warms up before the race. Kimmel added, "Irad said she felt great. I wouldn't have come out here if Irad couldn't ride the horse, so when he told me he was open, I said ‘Let's go. Let's give it a shot.' She is getting to the end of her career and here we are. I've always liked horses cutting back in distance, especially in a sprint, and a seven-eighths sprint. I've won the Test a couple of times with that tactic. She showed up today, and Irad gave her a great, great trip."

Right: Bar of Gold heads back to the barn with her new winner's blanket. Winning owner-breeder Chester Broman said, "You can breed any kind of horse in New York, you don't have to be in Kentucky to breed a winner. They're cold-weather horses. The horse was capable of his kind of quality racing so we might as well give it a try."

Left: Second place finisher Ami's Mesa returns after the race. Trainer Josie Carroll said, "I thought for a while that we were going to get it, but I could see that other horse coming. I just hoped she had enough left in the tank. She's a gutsy filly. She fought that filly and just got out-nodded. This is a gutsy filly that gave it all and you can't ask for more than that." Jockey Luis Contreras added, "It was a really tough beat but she tried so hard. I just gave her a good trip. She was traveling perfect. She switched leads and I made my move. I tried to save as much as I could and she just got beat by a nose. That's racing, right?"

Right: Third place finisher Carina Mia in the post parade. Jockey Javier Castellano said, "She did everything right. She split horses. She ran hard. I just wish I had a better post. In the one hole you have to use a little bit to get a good spot, but she ran great."


Seventh place finisher and beaten favorite Unique Bella returns after the race. Jockey Mike Smith said, "She went so quick early. I guess it was too much to ask (today). She never really folded though. If I could have done something different, maybe I would have taken back a little farther, but the game plan was to go. At the top of the stretch, I was done."

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