The Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint is a newly inaugurated race which, as of 2011, forms part of the prestigious Breeders Cup meeting held annually in North America.
Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, will be the host track for the first running of the race which will open the two day festival and showcase the very best two year-old sprinters on the continent.
Both colts and fillies are eligible for the sharp six furlong dirt contest and horses with a mighty engine and finishing kick are likely to prosper and potentially stamp their names onto a new Breeders Cup roll of honour.
Due to its only recent creation, the race actually stands amongst others at the meeting as an ungraded affair because of strict rules set out by the appropriate American horse racing authorities.
The American Graded Stakes Committee, of the Throrougbred Owners and Breeders Association, state in their technical guidelines that any newly inaugurated race must be run twice under the same conditions before it can assume graded status, meaning that the Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint will not be eligible for upgrade to graded status until 2013.
This is also reflected in the prize purse of $500,000, which, along with the Breeders Cup Marathon, is the smallest at the Breeders Cup meeting.
Like other races which have acquired upgrades in the past however, the prize purse for the Breeders Cup Juvenile Sprint is likely to be increased substantially after the rule requirements have been met and the status of the race has changed.
The creation of the race has certainly given trainers and connections a major end of season focal point for their two year-old sprinters, who had not previously been accommodated for at the Breeders Cup extravaganza.
From a betting perspective, the bonus luxury of history and trends is completely absent; however this may work out to benefit the punter who can arguably be put off at times by certain statistics.
For the inaugural running of the race, all connections are in many ways playing on a level field, but there are a couple of things to watch out for should the competition seem too hot to separate.
Two year-old form can be at times very unreliable as horses of such an age have not matured fully and can often throw in performances of contrasting nature. So, out of the little experience on show in the probable line-up, looking for solid consistency and possible course experience is crucial.
Any two year-old, who to date has run to the best of its ability on each racecourse appearance, should be well respected as long as there is scope for improvement and they have not become ‘exposed’ even at such a tender age.
As an added bonus, horses which have already run at the host track on a previous outing and showed promise must be taken into calculations as familiarity is a big part of horses maturing process. Often, in any form of horse racing, animals that have previously run well at a certain track will go on to do so again.
Any serious gamblers looking for an opportunity in this new race should invest a fair amount of time on each runner and its pedigree as this can count equally towards the form which is already on the table.