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Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. celebrates after Goodnight Olive's Filly and Mare Sprint victory.

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Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint Results

Date: 11/4/2023

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The $1 million PNC Bank Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) featured a field of 9 older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Defending champion Goodnight Olive was sent off as the 11-10 favorite off her 2nd place finish in the Ballerina Handicap (G1) at Saratoga, over 2-1 second choice Society, winner of the Chicago Stakes (G3) at Ellis Park, and 7-1 third choice Matareya, third in the Ballerina.

Goodnight Olive draws off in the stretch.

12-1 Eda and Society dueled for the lead out of the chute and down the backstretch through fractions of 22.29 and 44.86 while pressed by Goodnight Olive and stalked by 26-1 Yuugiri. Turning into the lane Eda tired as jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. sent Goodnight Olive to the front through 3/4 in 1:09.68. Kept to task by Ortiz, Goodnight Olive drew off to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Yuugiri in 1:22.97. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running 34-1 Three Witches third.

Goodnight Olive wins the Filly and Mare Sprint.
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 1   Goodnight Olive    Ortiz Jr.         4.20   3.00  2.40
 9   Yuugiri            Santana Jr.             14.80  9.00
 8   Three Witches      Gaffalione                    10.40

Winning Time:  1:22.97                    

$1 Exacta 1-9                         35.60
$2 Trifecta 1-9-8                    473.30
$1 Superfecta 1-9-8-7              1,714.10
Results chart

Left: Goodnight Olive in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "It's very satisfying. She trained perfect her last two works. Really beautifully. When she broke good and got behind Society, which I was really happy to see because we knew she was the second choice in the race and really fit on paper. If we could find her, she was going to take us at least to the quarter-pole. And I said to Irad, it's likely that other horses will be tired around you at that point and when she got outside of her, she was able to put the race to bed. Rarely does ‘Plan A' go into effect and actually finish all the way through. Irad executed it perfectly."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Filly and Mare Sprint. Winning co-owner Steve Laymon said, "It was obviously the goal that we started after last year's win. A lot of folks were thinking we'd retire her, and it was never a consideration with this group. First Row Partners is made up of a bunch of guys that love to race. We miss Jay Hanley. Jay's not with us. He's going to see us Tuesday in Kentucky when she goes to the ring. We're sad to see her go, but what a career for this mare."


Left: Goodnight Olive in the walking ring. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "Beautiful trip. She was there for me every time I asked. She gives me confidence.  I knew I was on the best horse. She did it again."

Right: Goodnight Olive heads back to the barn with her new winner's blanket. Co-owner Marty Scheinman said, "It's bittersweet obviously (to sell her at Fasig-Tipton on Tuesday). It's also the right thing to do for her because she deserves the unbelievable career afterwards. We're mostly a racing partnership, as Steve said. We've obviously thought about it. But this is right move for her. Everything that's been done with our managing partner, our trainer, and our rider is to do in her interests. We think this is in her interests."

Left: Second place finisher Yuugiri returns after the race. Trainer Rodolphe Brisset said, "The race worked out how we were thinking. Eda was up there putting pressure on Society and Irad rode a beautiful race on Goodnight Olive. We were where we wanted to be and we got out three-wide and she dug in and got a nice second. We got to be happy. A second in the Breeders' Cup." 

Right: Third place finisher Three Witches in the walking ring. Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. said, "That was a huge effort. I am super proud of her. She showed up and came back safe and sound. You always dream of winning a race like this. It was a big step up in class for her and for her to get a Grade 1 place was huge. I am leaving here as happy as possible. She ran her race and that is all you can ask for."


The ownership group First Row Partners leads Goodnight Olive to the winner's circle one last time before she is sold at Fasig-Tipton on Tuesday. Co-owner Marty Scheinman said, "It's bittersweet obviously (to sell her at Fasig-Tipton on Tuesday). It's also the right thing to do for her because she deserves the unbelievable career afterwards. We're mostly a racing partnership, as Steve said. We've obviously thought about it. But this is right move for her. Everything that's been done with our managing partner, our trainer, and our rider is to do in her interests. We think this is in her interests."

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