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Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates aboard Elite Power after the Sprint.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Sprint Results

Date: 11/5/2022

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The $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) featured a field of 11 older sprinters going 6 furlongs. True North (G2) and Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) winner Jackie's Warrior was sent off as the 3-4 favorite off his second place finish in the Forego (G1). In to challenge him included 5-1 second choice Kimari, winner of the Honorable Miss Handicap (G2) and Gallant Bloom (G2), and 11-2 third choice Elite Power, winner of the Vosburgh (G1) at Aqueduct.

Elite Power rallies wide the stretch

Jockey Hector Berrios sent 42-1 Super Ocho to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 22.12 and 44.99 while pressed by Jackie's Warrior and stalked by 35-1 Willy Boi and 31-1 C Z Rocket. Turning for home C Z Rocket took over the lead through 5f in 57.00 but Elite Power, 7th early under Irad Ortiz Jr., came out 5 wide for room and rallied to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:09.11. It was another 1/2 length back to favorite Jackie's Warrior third.

Elite Power wins the Sprint
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Elite Power          Ortiz Jr.       13.10    6.54  3.54
 8   C Z Rocket           Prat                    19.64  7.96
 9   Jackie's Warrior     Rosario                        2.54

Winning Time:  1:09.11

$1 Exacta 6-8                            196.20
$2 Trifecta 6-8-9                      3,423.60
$1 Superfecta 6-8-9-1                 10,974.20
Results chart

Left: Elite Power in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "I think he had baby issues. And we didn't get him until his 3-year-old year. But he had typical stuff like shins that many horses have. And it was just a matter of waiting for them to get right. And we brought him back this year, and he's been sound as a bell of brass. And it's been very rewarding to have him put in a string of races and of course ending up the season with the Breeders' Cup."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Sprint. Garrett O'Rourke representing owner Juddmonte Farm said, "But we had a lot of nice runners at Keeneland and came out with a big duck egg. But we knew we were coming into this Breeders' Cup with some nice horses. And this horse has delivered. And the winning never gets old. And the satisfaction of racing at the top end and ultimately winning is what we're all -- there's a huge crowd here today and every participant is having the same dream, and we're lucky enough to be here."

Left: Elite Power in the post parade. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "I had the perfect trip. He broke real sharp and I let him settle. I let the speed go. I was able to cut the corner around the turn. When I tipped him out, he was there for me. He kept going forward. He gave me a really good kick from the quarter-pole to the wire. He's a nice horse. I rode him with a lot of confidence."

Right: Elite Power heads back to the barn after the race. Ortiz added, "The last four races he has been winning everything the right way. Bill Mott always does a great job. He told me to let him do his thing and if you let him close, it will be perfect. He broke on top, I let him sit and he relaxed well. There was a strong pace in front of me. I bided my time and then on the turn, I split horses inside and got in the clear. He deserves all the credit.”

Left: Second place finisher C Z Rocket returns after the race. Trainer Peter Miller said, "I couldn't be happier for this guy, at 8 years old, to run like this. It took a really big effort from the winner to beat us, I couldn't be more proud of the team, and of the horse, and Flavien (Prat) gave him a great ride. I thought for a second that we were going to win it, just for a second, then I saw (Elite Power) was coming. I knew we were getting by the ones in front of us, but (Elite Power) ran super and ran us down."

Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Jackie's Warrior in the post parade. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, "It's just amazing that a horse as great as he is has never won a Breeders' Cup race. He's a very special horse – physically, mentally and his ability. It's a disappointment. I was happy with where he was at (during the race). If I could do it over again, obviously, I wouldn't have hung out where he did. I don't like the outcome, but hail to the victor.”

2020 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Whitmore retired last year from racing, but he got to participate in this year's Sprint anyway was the mount for NBC's Donna Barton Brothers. He followed the post parade and then carried her during the post race interview with winner Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Elite Power. He is currently training for a second career as a pleasure horse.

Brothers said, "So Whitmore, being the champion he is, showed up when I really needed him which was for the post race interview with Irad Ortiz after he won the Sprint. Before the race he was a little bit nervous. He was standing there with a couple of the other ponies but when those ponies walked off and the wind picked up, he did do a walking sort of presentation at that point. But he did as well as you could expect him to do and he showed up like a true champion for the post race interview."

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