Breeders Cup Filly and Mares Sprint Betting

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The Breeders Cup Filly and Mares Sprint is a prestigious Grade One race which is held annually as part of the Breeders Cup meeting in North America.

Raced over a distance of seven furlongs on dirt, it boasts a line-up of some of the fastest fillies and mares that the sport has to offer in the USA.

Fillies and Mares aged three years-old and above are eligible to enter the contest, with a ‘weight for age’ handicap allotted to the field as is the case with the other open age races at the two day Breeders Cup festival.

The race is a fairly new addition to the meeting having been inaugurated in 2007, where it was run for the first time at Monmouth Park. Interestingly, that particular running of the race was over a distance of six furlongs due to the track configuration at the New Jersey venue.

Regarded by flat racing standards as a near veteran, then six year-old Maryfield came home best that day to scoop the sizeable prize purse of $1 million which still stands at present.

Due to technicalities set out by the American Graded Stakes Committee, the race only assumed graded status in 2009 after fulfilling eligibility requirements which permit all new races to be run under the same conditions for two consecutive years before they can be awarded graded class.

As a division of the Breeders Cup Challenge, horses can achieve automatic berths into the race by competing in a series of other highly regarded races throughout the sport’s campaign.

The Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes at Keeneland, Gallant Bloom Handicap at Belmont Park, Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar, and Calder Racecourse’s Princess Rooney Handicap, all offer qualification opportunities into the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint and are leading form guides for trying to determine the potential winner.

Like most of the other events at the meeting which are raced on a dirt or synthetic surface, fields are typically dominated by American horses as they are accustomed to the conditions on a near constant basis.

A lack of non-American race in the qualifying series also demonstrates this, as most races on an all-weather surface in the UK for example are of a much lower standard and class.

Although there have only been a handful of renewals to date, no three year-old has so far triumphed in the race, which may or may not turn out to be a trusted and reliable statistic.

It is possible however that the stronger, older horses may have an advantage in terms of the trip, which at seven furlongs also requires elements of endurance and stamina as well as outright pace.

Seven furlong events can also materialise into tactical affairs, so a good draw for any potential selection is paramount at certain tracks.

With such a variance of ages in the race, there should be a substantial amount of form to work with and the added pointers that some horses in the line-up are likely to have run at the host track before, a definite positive against lesser experienced horses whose performance can undoubtedly vary depending on whereabouts they are run.

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