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Breeders' Cup Sprint History

The Breeders' Cup Sprint is a Grade One race run over six furlongs for horses aged three years or older and makes up part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Established in 1984, the Breeders' Cup Sprint has been an integral part of the World Championships growth and with a two million dollar purse up for grabs has attracted some of the leading sprinters from all round the globe.

The most notable in the illustrious roll of honour is the Bob Baffert-trained Midnight Lute, who won the race in 2007 and then retained his title the following year amidts jubilant scenes at Santa Anita.

With the introduction of the Breeders' Cup Challenge in 2007, each race at the two-day extravaganza has a series of qualification races that take place during the season and earns the winner a direct route to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

The four races that gain an automatic invite to the Breeders' Cup Sprint are the Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder, the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland, the Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar and the Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita.

Big Drama was the last horse to win a qualifying race before bagging Breeders' Cup glory as he was victorious in the Small Sprint Handicap before winning at Churchill Downs.

Recent Winners of Breeders' Cup Sprint

  • 2000 - Kona Gold
  • 2001 - Squirtle Squirt
  • 2002 - Orientate
  • 2003 - Cajun Beat
  • 2004 - Speightstown
  • 2005 - Silver Train
  • 2006 - Thor's Echo
  • 2007 - Midnight Lute
  • 2008 - Midnight Lute
  • 2009 - Dancing in Silks
  • 2010 - Big Drama
  • 2011 - Amazombie
  • 2012 -Trinniberg