2018 Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Sprint
Who doesn't love a good 7-furlong slugfest between topnotch horses? That's exactly what the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint provides in addition to returning some generous prices such as 2017 winner Bar of Gold's $135.40 payout for every $2 wagered. I'm not sure we can catch that kind of lightening in a bottle this year, but the future bets do look juicy.
It amazes me that this race has only existed since 2007, and frankly, it's always one of my favorite betting races of Breeders' Cup weekend. First, there's the quirky distance. While the male sprint race is run over the conventional six-furlong trip, the additinal eighth of a mile here makes this race a middle-ground type of affiair between milers and sprinters. Automatically, that adds a nice little handicapping wrinkle that can produce bombs on the tote board.
With Breeders' Cup weekend still a few weeks away, here's what the odds look like coustesy of Bodog.
- Marleys Freedom +200
- Dream Tree +350
- American Gal +600
- Finleysluckycharm +800
- Lewis Bay +1100
- Skye Diamonds +1600
- Amis Mesa +1600
- Ivy Belle +1600
- Union Strike +2000
- Highway Star +2000
My first reaction after looking at this field is that there are no bona fide superstars. Some nice horses to be sure, but no freaks. Marleys Freedom will bring a four-race winning streak to Louisville for the Breeders' Cup, but she's beatable and the +200 will still be there on race day if you really have your heart set on betting her. Me? I'll look to beat her and find better value.
The right bet and the lost girls
Given the nature of this field and the parity that exists amongst the runners, there's no way I'm taking a short price. Not on November 2 and certainly not on a futures bet. This means, I flat-out refuse to play any of the horses listed below +1000.
In fact, this list of Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare contestants is far from complete. Bodog makes note of an "others on request" feature, and that's exactly what I needed to hear. I like a horse not included on the list named SeparationofPowers.
She's trained by Chad Brown, and is a likely Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint contestant. SeparationofPowers showed ample sprinting ability before being entered in the two-turn Cotillion at Parx in September. Despite running fourth in that race, she should appreciate turning back in distance again and would represent stellar value at +1200 and above. I recommend contacting Bodog and Bovada directly for wagering details.
Also be sure to check out our other wagering partners for odds on horses like SeparationofPowers, Mia Mischief, Chalon and Golden Mischief. I like the possibilities in this field and will certainly be following-up on SeparationofPowers.
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