The souped-up Santa Anita main is bound to play well with the speed demons in the 6-furlong Breeders’ Cup Sprint (I), but given that come-from-behinders have done well in the past, who is the best bet of the bunch?
- Coil -The handsome G1-winning Point Given colt has proven a nice sprinter winning the Santa Anita Sprint Championship (I) from off-the-pace and is capable of improving more off that win.
- Gantry - The southern gentleman shipped west, the Pulpit gelding is lightly-raced coming in with a 3-1-1 record out of 5 starts this year and is capable of some awesome performances given running room. His last start was a trafficky 2nd in the Temperance Hill back in September, but he looks well and wants a sizzling pace.
- Amazombie - Mike Smith remarked following the defending champion’s last start that he was expectedly a bit short running 4th, but then the Northern Afleet gelding underwent some precautionary tests. What’s going on? I don’t know, but apparently he’s working similarly to his win last year and looks to make another bold move closing in on the pace. Out of the money just once at Santa Anita (last out), can he do it again?
- Smiling Tiger - The son of Hold That Tiger is winless in 3 starts this year and was a hopeless 5th last out in the Triple Bend (I). He’s at his favored distance but will need to hop off that 5-month layoff stronger than ever.
- Capital Account - The Closing Argument son has yet to finish out of the money running in Cali this year, doing well to surge from behind to never be too far from the front. He missed beating stablemate Coil last out by a head and has been spitting bullets. Upset?
- Justin Phillip - A tough year for the First Samurai colt, he just doesn’t get a break at the stakes level but isn’t ordinarily beaten by much blowing in from off-the-pace. Doesn’t look as sharp.
- Poseidon’s Warrior - The muddier the better for this Speightstown colt, who got his calling this year winning the sloppy Vanderbilt (I) then was 3rd last out in the good-rated dirt of the Vosburgh (I), beaten just 3 lengths. Choice pick if the ground gets tainted.
- Trinniberg - Usually a “need the lead” type, the Teuflesberg colt won 3 graded stakes this year wire-to-wire at 7 furlongs and improved much to stay game in 2nd last out, losing by just a half-length to Well Spelled after sacrificing the lead. He’s worthy, and because of his recent losses will do well at the window.
- Hamazing Destiny - The son of Salt Lake has just one win this year in 8 starts in the Maryland Sprint (I) back in the spring, running 2nd last out to Emcee in the Forego (I). If he looks good going in, he might have a shot here.
- The Lumber Guy - The Grand Slam sophomore is 2-for-2 at 6 furlongs and can close as well as lead the way. With Johnny V back to try to make the pair 2-for-2 together, I anticipate a really tough contender.
- Sum of the Parts- The Speightstown colt has been great this year, catapulting to the Sprint with a wire-to-wire win in the Phoenix (III) last out. The class step up will be a challenge.
The Lumber Guy - He’s got all the markings of a horse who will do very well here
Capital Account - Could very well beat them all out coming from behind at a better price than his stablemate
Gantry - Super tough at 6 furlongs, just give him some space!
Coil - Great colt who looks to keep on improving
Amazombie - Adept closer, if he can recover that form in time