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Gerardo Corrales celebrates aboard Nobals after winning the Turf Sprint

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint Results

Date: 11/4/2023

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The $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) featured a full field of 12 older horses sprinting 5 furlongs around one turn. Green Flash Handicap (G3) Motorious was sent off as the 11-4 favorite off his win in the Green Flash Handicap (G3) at Del Mar after finishing a close second in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (G2) at Churchill Downs. In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice Live in the Dream, winner of the Nunthorpe (G1) at York but 4th in the Woodford (G2) at Keeneland last out, and 9-2 third choice and last year's winner Caravel, winner of the Jaipur (G1) at Belmont before finishing 4th in the Troy (G3) at Saratoga and second in the Franklin (G2) at Keeneland.

Nobals leads in the stretch

Jockey Sean Kirrane sent Live in the Dream to lead through fractions of 21.15 and 43.77 while pressed by 18-1 Jasper Krone and stalked by Caravel. In the stretch, 12-1 Nobals, 7th early under Gerardo Corrales, came through on the rail to win by a neck over 12-1 Big Invasion in 55.15. It was another 1/2 length back to 10-1 Aesop's Fables third, while favorite Motorious checked in 5th beaten 1 1/4 lengths.

Nobals wins the Turf Sprint
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 7   Nobals              Corrales        26.00   13.20  9.40
 1   Big Invasion        Rosario                 12.00  7.80
 8   Aesop's Fables      Moore                          7.40

Winning Time:     55.15

$1 Exacta  7-1                          115.10
$1 Trifecta  7-1-8                    1,116.60
$1 Superfecta  7-1-8-5                6,945.60
Results chart

Left: Nobals in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Larry Rivelli, celebrating his first Grade 1 win said, "Absolutely not (how I drew it up). Stuff happens in these types of races and I think the jock made the difference today. He rode the horse perfect and stayed inside and the gap came and he was gone. This is it. I'm a third-generation trainer and we've been doing this forever. I'm happy for the connections Vince Foglia, my buddy and all my owners and friends and staff and family, it's nice."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Turf Sprint. Rivelli added, "First grade 1 win. Obviously you can't do this without the unbelievable team I've had for 20 years, 15 years. My assistant, Rogelio Sanchez, my assistant Pam Little, Gonzo Gonzalez, all the guys back home. No way possible this could be done without them. When I saw the entries, the nominations, I think you could have thrown a blanket over the whole field, to be honest with you, as far as who was better than one another. We had Corrales, and we had a great trip. You've got to get lucky in these kinds of races. Our plan was to be a little closer. Didn't work out. They were gone. He ended up working out a trip, and we held on."

Left: Nobals heads out to the track. Winning jockey Gerardo Corrales said, "We had a real nice trip. I had a lot of horse and when the rail opened up, my horse was ready to go. He was the best horse today."

Right: Nobals returns to the barn after the race. Corrales added, "Because I had a lot of confidence in the horse. He did good work, on the money. Good solution from the trainer. Everything is good, you know. It's a (source of) pride for me (to get a) Breeders' Cup win, you know. Be first place each year in California." Asked how the horse was named, Rivelli simply dead-panned, "no balls"...

Left: Second place finisher Big Invasion in the post parade. Jockey Joel Rosario said, "He ran really well. Sometimes the inside posts can be a little tough. I got a good trip inside there. We got shut off a little bit but that's going to happen sometimes, especially with so many horses and being on the inside. You've just got to get lucky all of the time when you are inside with so many horses. He put in a nice run. I was happy with his run."

Right: Third place finisher Aesop's Fables returns after the race. Jockey Ryan Moore said, "Massive run. He made up a lot of ground and did his best work late on. Another 50 yards and he would probably have been in front." Trainer Aidan O'Brien added, "I'm delighted with the run. He's only a baby, only a 3-year-old, but I'm very happy with his run."


Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Motorious returns after the race. Jockey Flavien Prat said, "He got into traffic on the turn and I was expecting to be in a great spot. I don't know what happened in front (of me) the horse that was next to the leader, went out and messed up my whole race at that point. I had to wait more than I wanted to and the winner had a dream trip. In a five furlong race, there is no margin for error."

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