ARCADIA, CA - William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole gunned down a loose-on-the-lead Shancelot in the final stages to win Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Breaking from post 4 at 9/5 odds under Ricardo Santana, Jr., Mitole flashed early speed but soon took back and allowed Shancelot to set fractions of :21.47 and :44.04. Mitole stalked from fourth while Matera Sky and Firenze Fire tracked the leader from second and third, respectively.
Mitole launched a bid three-wide through the far turn and began slowly reeling in the pacesetter. At the 1/16 pole, Mitole shot past Shancelot before drawing off to win. The Steve Asmussen trainee completed the 6-furlong sprint over the fast main track in a final time of 1:09.00. Shancelot stayed on for second over Whitmore and Engage.
Mitole returned $5.60 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.60 to show. Shancelot brought back $3.20 to place and $2.80 to show, while Whitmore paid $5 to show.
The 2020 Breeders' Cup at Keeneland
SprintSat, Nov 7, 2020
The world’s fastest Thoroughbreds compete in the Sprint, sometimes achieving speeds nearing 40 M.P.H. in the stretch. This race is contested at three- quarters of a mile for male and female horses, 3-years-old and older.