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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates after Shamrock Rose's Filly and Mare Sprint victory.

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Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Results

Date: 11/03/2018

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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. Great Lady M (G2) and Ballerina Stakes (G2) winner Marley's Freedom was sent off as the 9-10 favorite in the field of 14 over 11-2 Selcourt, winner of the Santa Monica (G2) and Las Flores (G3), and 6-1 Golden Mischief, winner of the Thoroughbred Club of America (G2).

The cavalry charge down the stretch.

Jockey Tyler Baze sent Selcourt to the lead exiting the chute through fractions of 21.89 and 44.99 while pressed by 61-1 Happy Like a Fool and stalked by 14-1 Chalon. At the top of the lane Selcourt tired badly alllowing Chalon to inherit a short lead through 3/4 in 1:09.78, but 26-1 Shamrock Rose, last for the first 1/2 mile under Irad Ortiz Jr., rallied and came through between horses to win by a head in 1:23.13. It was another neck back to 32-1 Anonymity third, and a head more to favorite Marley's Freedom in 4th to complete the 4 horse photo finish.

Shamrock Rose wins the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
14   Shamrock Rose      Ortiz Jr.        53.80  21.40 11.20
 6   Chalon             Castellano              14.60  9.60
12   Anonymity          Prat                          15.60

Winning Time:  1:23.13

$1 Exacta 14-6                       360.00
$1 Trifecta 14-6-12                6,121.00
$1 Superfecta 14-6-12-13          28,058.60
Results chart

Left: Shamrock Rose in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Mark Casse said, – "Was I surprised we won? It was a tough race, but she's a good horse. I told Irad I don't know if she's good enough, but she'll give you everything she has. And, she's good. It goes back to Allen Jerkens who always said ‘run them when they're good' so we came back in two weeks."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Winning owner Manfred Conrad said, "We had faith in the horse and naturally I listened to Mark and she's been doing so great the last four races and why not have the fun and the excitement and come here. So if it you lose, you lose. I mean it's horse racing. That's what it is. And I really believe the horse is not done yet, in my opinion. She's just a great horse."


Left: Shamrock Rose in the post parade. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, – "I let her be happy. She settled nice for me. She was like fourth and when I dropped in and got through horses, she came running."

Right: Shamrock Rose heads back to the barn with her new winner's blanket escorted by trainer Mark Casse. Casse added, "I was a little concerned she was dropped back as far, but one thing about it, we have one of the best riders in the world on her and he made a decision, which, after about an eighth of a mile, which made us win the race. If it wasn't for that, and that was he chose, he knew the only chance of winning was to duck in, save ground and come with a run. Had he stayed out wide we wouldn't be here right now."

Left: Second place finisher Chalon in the post parade. Trainer Arnoaud Delacour said, "She had a great trip and Javier gave her a great ride. The 7/8 may have been a touch too far, but you can't take anything away from her. I'm very pleased." Jockey Javier Castellano added, – "It was a great race. I got good position right from the start and we were going good. I thought I had a good chance coming down the stretch but she was just second best. She gave me everything she had and that was really good."

Right: Third place finisher Anonymity returns after the race. Trainer Richard Mandella said, "She is a little short on experience. We decided to let her settle today and she looked like she was a little bit intimidated by other horses but she came on strong." Jockey Flavien Prat added, "We got caught a little wide on the final turn, but I was very happy with the way she ran. She gave it her all down the stretch and we almost got there."

Left: Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Marley's Freedom walks over before the race. Trainer Bob Baffert said, – "She just didn't get away like she can. I am pretty disappointed. And she was pretty wide the whole way. She tried but she was just not good enough today. You have to be real good today and she was not real good. She didn't have her punch today, didn't run her race. Didn't bring her A game."

Right: The finish with all four in a row at the wire. From the rail out: Chalon, Shamrock Rose, Anonymity, and Marley's Freedom. Jockey Mike Smith aboard Marley's Freedom said, "She was hung out really wide and she just didn't get a hold of it and kick like she can."

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