2021 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Produces Highest $2 Win Payout


By Richard Rosenblatt

Stepping into the wagering world of the Breeders’ Cup for the first time? Or second? Or more?

Whatever, this one is for the $2 win bettors looking for a sizeable return from their minimum investment. Of course, if you’re looking to score big, you can expand your betting menu to include exactas, trifectas, Pick 4’s, Pick 6’s, etcetera. But that could be a costly venture.

In the weeks leading up to the two-day, 14-race, $31 million Breeders’ Cup extravaganza at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6, usracing.com will feature some by-the-numbers nuggets, with a nod to the Breeders’ Cup staff for providing the statistics over the first 37 years of racing’s ‘championship weekend.’

Our first installment gives you a look at the race that averages the largest $2 win payoff – the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1). First run in 2007, this 7-furlong test has an average winning payoff of $27.02 on a $2 win bet. The smallest field has been eight; the largest 14.

The longest shot to win this race was New York-bred Bar of Gold in 2017 at 66-1. The 5-year-old mare nosed out 18-1 shot Ani’s Mesa and returned $135.40 in the race held at Del Mar. The even-money favorite Unique Bella finished seventh.

The shortest price was Groupie Doll in 2012 at Santa Anita. The 4-year-old filly won by 4 ½ lengths at odds of 7-10 and returned $3.40 to win. Groupie Doll made it two in a row the following year, winning at odds of 3-1 and returning $8.

Wondering about the biggest race of all, the Classic? It has the third highest average $2 win payoff with a $24.86 return (the Turf Sprint is second at $24.93). The longest shot to win the Classic was 133-1 Arcangues in 1993 ($269.20); the shortest price was Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in 2015 ($3.40).

Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

* Wagering favorite

Year/Track Date/Distance Winner/Owner Jockey/Trainer Second/ Jockey Third/ Jockey Time/Odds
2020 – KEE  Gamine J. Velazquez  Serengeti Empress  Bell’s the One 01:20.2
Nov 07 – 7F Michael Lund Petersen B. Baffert L. Saez C. Lanerie $1.10*
2019 – SA Covfefe J. Rosario Bellafina  Dawn the Destroyer 01:22.4
Nov 02 – 7F LNJ Foxwoods B. Cox F. Prat T. Gaffalione $1.50*
2018 – CD Shamrock Rose I. Ortiz, Jr. Chalon  Anonymity  01:23.1
Nov 03 – 7F Conrad Farms M. Casse J. Castellano F. Prat $25.90
2017 – DMR Bar of Gold I. Ortiz, Jr Ami’s Mesa Carina Mia  01:22.6
Nov 04 – 7F Mary & Chester Broman, Sr. J. Kimmel L. Contreras J. Castellano $66.70
2016 – SA Finest City M. Smith Wavell Avenue Paulassilverlining  01:22.4
Nov 05 – 7F Seltzer Thoroughbreds I. Kruljac J. Rosario J. Talamo $8.70
2015 – KEE  Wavell Avenue  J. Rosario La Verdad  Taris 01:22.4
Oct 31 – 7F Dubb, M., Simon, D., Head of Plains Partners
LLC and Bethlehem Stables LLC
C. Brown J. Ortiz G. Stevens $10.00
2014 – SA Judy the Beauty M. Smith Better Lucky Thank You Marylou 01:21.9
Nov 01 – 7F Wesley A. Ward W. Ward J. Castellano J. Velazquez $3.10*
2013 – SA Groupie Doll R. Maragh Judy the Beauty Dance Card  01:20.8
Nov 02 – 7F Bradley, Fred F., Bradley, William B., Hurst,
Carl and Burns, Brent
W. Bradley L. Saez J. Rosario $3.00*
2012 – SA  Groupie Doll  R. Maragh Dust and Diamonds Switch 01:20.7
Nov 03 – 7F Bradley, Fred F., Bradley, William B., Hurst,
Carl and Burns, Brent
W. Bradley J. Leparoux G. Gomez $0.70*
2011 – CD  Musical Romance  J. Leyva Switch  Her Smile 01:23.5
Nov 04 – 7F Pinnacle Racing Stable and Kaplan, William A. W. Kaplan J. Rosario J. Velazquez $20.20
2010 – CD Dubai Majesty J. Theriot Switch  Evening Jewel 01:22.3
Nov 05 – 7F Martin Racing Stable LLC and Morgan, Dan W. Calhoun J. Rosario V. Espinoza $8.60
2009 – OSA Informed Decision J. Leparoux Ventura  Free Flying Soul 01:21.7
Nov 06 – 7F Augustin Stable J. Sheppard G. Gomez M. Smith $3.40
2008 – OSA Ventura G. Gomez Indian Blessing Zaftig 01:19.9
Oct 24 – 7F  Juddmonte Farms, Inc. R. Frankel J. Velazquez R. Bejarano $2.80
2007 – MTH Maryfield  E. Trujillo Miraculous Miss  Miss Macy Sue 01:09.9
Oct 26 – 6F Gorman, Mark, Mestrandrea, Nick J. and
Perry, Jim
D. O’Neill J. Rose E. Razo, Jr. $8.00
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