SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP IS A BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ CHALLENGE RACE
Undefeated in three starts this year and positioned as perhaps America’s top sprinter, Bob Baffert’s Lord Nelson looms a complete standout among a field of five three year olds and up in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs. A Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race, the winner will earn an automatic fees-paid berth into the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint here on Nov. 5.
LORD NELSON: A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred colt by Pulpit, Lord Nelson was purchased privately by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm following a third place finish here in the Grade I, seven furlong Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26 and is undefeated in three starts for his new connections. With Baffert mapping strategy, Lord Nelson made his 2016 debut in a six furlong classified allowance here on June 3 and he responded with an emphatic 3 ½ length win. He followed that with a half-length score in the Grade I, seven furlong Triple Bend Stakes on June 25 and exits the best race of his career, a four length triumph in the Grade I, six furlong Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar on July 31. Undefeated in three starts at six furlongs, he’s 4-7 at Santa Anita and has six wins from 12 career starts, with earnings of $778,271.
JAZZY TIMES: Also trained by Baffert, this up and coming three year old will try stakes company for the first time on Saturday. A runaway 6 ½ length allowance winner going 6 ½ furlongs at Del Mar on July 31, Jazzy Times, who was a handy first-out maiden winner on Kentucky Derby day at Churchill Downs May 7, has two wins from four starts. Owned by Zayat Stables, the Kentucky-bred colt by Discreetly Mine has been favored in all four of his races and will hope to hit the board under Rafael Bejarano.
THE GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS
Race 4 of 10 Approximate post time 2 p.m. PST
- All Run–Martin Garcia–121
- Anytime Anyplace–Victor Espinoza–121
- Cautious Giant–Tyler Baze–121
- Lord Nelson–Flavien Prat–125
- Jazzy Times–Rafael Bejarano–118
First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit http://www.santaanita.com/horse-racing/live-racing/.