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Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint: Desert Code in tough spot
by Handicappers (handicappers@globeform.com) / Globeform (http://www.globeform.com)
Last update: 2009-11-06 05:12:09 (First published: 2009-10-23 09:50:36 )


Santa Anita

Last year’s upset winner Desert Code will again be in the mix, as a competitive and evenly matched field goes to post for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Six and a half furlongs over the downhill turf course in Arcadia is a tricky task, and course specialists often have a clear advantage over this trip.


BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT

Santa Anita 7 November 2009 – 6.5 furlongs Turf

Purse: $1 million

Runners presented with best
Globeform rating, sire, trainer / jockey


118 – DIAMONDRELLA (Rock Of Gibraltar)m / A Penna Jr / R Maragh
118 – CANNONBALL (Catienus) / Wesley Ward / R Dominguez
117 – CALIFORNIA FLAG (Avenue of Flags) / Brian Koriner / J Talamo
116 – LORD SHANAKILL (Seightstown) / R Mandella / J Crowley
113 – GOTTA HAVE HER (Royal Academy) f / J Shahadi / T Baze
115 – STRIKE THE DEAL (Van Nisteelroy) / Jeremy Noseda / K Fallon
114 – SILVER TIMBER (Prime Timber) / Chad Brown / J Leparoux
114 – SQUARE EDDIE (Smart Strike) / D O’Neill / L Dettori
114 – DESERT CODE (E Dubai) / David Hofmans / R Migliore
114 – NOBLE COURT (Doneraile Court) / John Sadler / J Rosario
111 – CANADIAN BALLET (City Zip) / L Rice / A Garcia
108 – GET FUNKY (Straight Man) / J Sadler / R Bejarano
112 – EL GATO MALO (El Corredor) / C Dollase / D Flores
113 – DELTA STORM (Storm Boot) / M Mitchell / G Gomez

1st & 2nd Reserves:

105 – TENGA CAT (Storm Cat) / Ron Ellis / M Smith
…? – CHEROKEE HEAVEN (Cherokee Run) / M Jones / B Blanc


Fillies / mares receive a 3lb sex allowance – add three pounds to ratings for direct comparison with males.

DIAMONDRELLA produced her career best Globeform rating when landing the First Lady (G1) at Keeneland, her final prep for the Breeders’ Cup. Coming from just off the pace, after having travelled really well throughout the contest, she won by almost a length from Tizaqueena, with the Filly & Mare Turf favourite Forever Together closing from last to third. The latter was clearly compromised by the slow pace scenario, something that helped Diamondrella – as she is a runner with plenty of speed. Speed and stamina, that is the key over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita's lawn. Diamondrella had alternative races at the Breeders’ Cup. She could also have run in the Mile or Filly & Mare Turf but goes for the Turf Sprint, and has a great chance. Bookmakers have her listed as big at 6-1 for the dash over the tricky downhill course, which really suits sprint / milers like this mare.

CALIFORNIA FLAG, a poweful course and distance specialist with two good wins as his preparation (following a lengthy absence), also has a winning chance. Having won the Morvich Handicap (G3) here in late September, he is sitting on a big race. California Flag sticks out a bit from the rest of the pack, but many in that pack hold realistic chances of winning or at least hitting the board. Luck in running will be so important and the Turf Sprint is probably a race to bet lightly on when it comes to exotics. Back the class act in the race, Diamondrella, to win, enjoy the spectacle, and wait for better trifecta opportunities.

GLOBEFORM SELECTIONS

A: 9 DIAMONDRELLA
B: 3 CALIFORNIA FLAG
C: 1 – 4 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 12 – 13 – 14

RECOMMENDED BETS


WIN: 8 Diamondrella

EXACTA BOX: 3 and 9

16 TRIFECTAS

A: 9 with 3 with 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14
B: 9 with 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14 with 3



2008 BREEDERS’ CUP TURF SPRINT

1 – DESERT CODE (E Dubai) D Hofmans / R Migliore - Globeform 114

2 – Diabolical - GF 112p
3 – Storm Treasure - GF 109p

Won by ½ length, 1 length






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