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More miscellaneous facts I’ve culled from the Equibase charts, stakes histories and past performances.

Today, Part II: Breeders’ Cup Sprint and Breeders’ Cup Mile

Tuesday, Part I: Breeders’ Cup Classic and Breeders’ Cup Turf

Breeders’ Cup Sprint

Corey Nakatani, who does not have a confirmed mount in the BC Sprint but could be in the mix to ride Justin Phillip, leads all jockeys with four Breeders’ Cup Sprint wins (Thor’s Echo, Reraise, Elmhurst and Lit de Justice). Mike Smith is the only other active rider with multiple BC Sprint victories (Amazombie and Cherokee Run).

Bob Baffert, who will saddle Secret Circle in the BC Sprint, leads all trainers with three wins in that race (Midnight Lute twice, Thirty Slews). Wayne Lukas, who has Fast Bullet this year, is the only other active trainer with multiple BC Sprint wins (Orientate, Gulch).

Trinniberg seeks to become the second repeat BC Sprint winner, joining Midnight Lute (2007, 2008). Nine BC Sprint winners have failed in repeat attempts: Very Subtle, Dancing Spree, Sheikh Albadou, Thirty Slews, Cardmania, Kona Gold, Cajun Beat, Big Drama and Amazombie.

Trinniberg Eclipse

Trinniberg will try to become only the second horse to repeat in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. (Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)

Either Forty Tales or Goldencents could become the eighth 3-year-old to win the BC Sprint, following Very Subtle (1987), Sheikh Albadou (1991), Reraise (1998), Squirtle Squirt (2001), Cajun Beat (2003), Silver Train (2005) and Trinniberg (2012).

Reneesgotzip seeks to become the fourth female to win the BC Sprint, joining 3-year-old filly Very Subtle (1987), 4-year-old filly Safely Kept (1990) and 5-year-old mare Desert Stormer (1995).

Points Offthebench and Private Zone are among those seeking to become the 10th gelding to win the BC Sprint, following Thirty Slews (1992), Cardmania (1993), Elmhurst (1997), Reraise (1998), Kona Gold (2000), Cajun Beat (2003), Thor’s Echo (2006), Dancing in Silks (2009) and Amazombie (2011).

Justin Phillip and The Lumber Guy each seek to win the BC Sprint for the first time in their second attempt, a feat accomplished previously by Smile (1986), Safely Kept (1990), Cardmania (1993) and Lit de Justice (1996). Kona Gold won the BC Sprint for the first time on his third try (2000).

Betting favorites are 0-for-6 in the BC Sprint when the race has been run at Santa Anita.

Betting favorites are 6-for-29 (20.7%) in the BC Sprint.

Three horses with odds higher than 20-to-1 have won the BC Sprint: Sheikh Abadou (26.30-to-1), Cajun Beat (22.80-to-1) and Dancing in Silks (25.30-to-1).

Dancing -in -Silks

The Breeders' Cup Sprint is often a good race to look for a longshot, such as Dancing in Silks (above), winner of the 2009 Sprint. (Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)

Breeders’ Cup Mile

Wise Dan seeks to become the fifth horse to win multiple editions of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, following Miesque (1987-88), Lure (1992-93), Da Hoss (1996 and 1998) and three-time winner Goldikova (2008-10).

Wise Dan

Wise Dan (center, yellow and black silks) has an opportunity to join an accomplished group of horses who won multiple editions of the Breeders' Cup Mile. (Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)

Trainers with multiple BC Mile wins: 3, Freddie Head (Goldikova three times); 2, Pascal Bary (Six Perfections and Domedriver); 2, Francois Boutin (Miesque twice); 2, Julio Canani (Val Royal and Silic); 2, Michael Dickinson (Da Hoss twice); 2, Claude “Shug” McGaughey (Lure twice).

Jockeys with multiple BC Mile wins: 3, Olivier Peslier (Goldikova three times); 2, Freddie Head (Miesque twice); 2, Mike Smith (Lure twice); 2, Gary Stevens (War Chant and Da Hoss); 2, John Velazquez (Wise Dan and Da Hoss).

Freddie Head

Freddie Head won multiple editions of the Mile as both jockey and trainer. 
(Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)

No Jet Lag, Olympic Glory and Toronado are among the contenders hoping to become the ninth 3-year-old to win the BC Mile, following Last Tycoon (1986), Miesque (1987), Royal Academy (1990), Lure (1992), Ridgewood Pearl (1995), War Chant (2000), Six Perfections (2003) and Goldikova (2008).

Fillies and mares have won eight runnings of the BC Mile: Royal Heroine (1984), Miesque (1987-88), Ridgewood Pearl (1995), Six Perfections (2003) and Goldikova (2008-10). Moonlight Cloud seeks to make it nine.

Two geldings have won the BC Mile – Wise Dan (2012), seeking a repeat this year, and Da Hoss (1996 and 1998).

Thirteen of 29 editions of the BC Mile have been won by horses who made their previous start outside of the United States.

Twelve of 29 BC Mile runnings have been won by horses bred outside of the United States.

Betting favorites are 10-for-29 in the BC Mile (three of the wins were by Goldikova).

Five horses with odds higher than 20-to-1 have won the BC Mile: Last Tycoon (35.90-to-1), Opening Verse (26.70-to-1), Domedriver (26-to-1), Miesque’s Approval (24.30-to-1) and Court Vision (64.80-to-1).

Two of the three fastest BC Mile times have been run at Santa Anita. Three fastest: Wise Dan, 1:31.78, 2012, Santa Anita; Val Royal, 2001, 1:32.05, Belmont Park; Goldikova, 1:32.26, 2009, Santa Anita.

Only one horse, Lure in 1992, has won the BC Mile in gate-to-wire fashion. 

Goldi 2008

Goldikova, above, winning the Breeders' Cup Mile for the first of three times as a 3-year-old filly in 2008. (Photo courtesy of Eclipse Sportswire)

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Jim Mulvihill

Jim Mulvihill is director of media and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Prior to joining the NTRA, he served as communications and pari-mutuel marketing manager at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, a Churchill Downs Inc. company in New Orleans.

Mulvihill has served in a variety of public relations positions within and outside of Thoroughbred racing, including roles at the New Orleans Museum of Art (director of communications and marketing), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (director of communications and marketing) and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie (staff writer and communications manager).

Additionally, Mulvihill has contributed horse racing content for outlets including Associated Press, Thoroughbred Times, The Saratoga Special and Texas Thoroughbred and served as an intern for the New York Racing Association and Daily Racing Form.

Mulvihill received a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College and attended the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

Image Description

Jim Mulvihill

Jim Mulvihill is director of media and industry relations for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association.

Prior to joining the NTRA, he served as communications and pari-mutuel marketing manager at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots, a Churchill Downs Inc. company in New Orleans.

Mulvihill has served in a variety of public relations positions within and outside of Thoroughbred racing, including roles at the New Orleans Museum of Art (director of communications and marketing), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (director of communications and marketing) and Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie (staff writer and communications manager).

Additionally, Mulvihill has contributed horse racing content for outlets including Associated Press, Thoroughbred Times, The Saratoga Special and Texas Thoroughbred and served as an intern for the New York Racing Association and Daily Racing Form.

Mulvihill received a Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College and attended the University of Arizona’s Race Track Industry Program.

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