Baoma Corporation’s Drefong ($9.80) put away favored Masochistic* in deep stretch to win the 33rd running of the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) for 3-year-olds and up by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita Park.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Martin Garcia, Drefong covered the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:08.79.
The Sprint victory was the fifth for Baffert, who has 13 World Championships victories overall. His other Sprint winners were Thirty Slews in 1992, Midnight Lute in 2007 and 2008 and Secret Circle in 2013.
It was the second Sprint victory for Garcia, who was aboard Secret Circle in 2013, and fourth overall.
Now a winner of five consecutive races, Drefong is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Gio Ponti.
*Masochistic was disqualified from his second-place finish and placed last by the Santa Anita stewards on December 30, 2016, due to the presence of a banned steroid, stanozolol, in his post-race test.