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Breeders Cup Filly And Mare Sprint Odds: Preview And Future Bets
Added to the Breeders' Cup lineup in 2007, the 10 versions of the Filly & Mare Sprint have seen the favorite win three times. Although there's likely to be a heavy favorite in the 2017 race, little early consensus on how the rest of the field measures up should lead to lucrative odds being offered on a number of other contenders, and could spell a repeat of 2014, when the favorite won at +300, but the trifecta still paid $2400.
Unique Bella - Broke her maiden second try at Del Mar and since then has won four straight at the graded-stakes level. Although none of those were Grade 1s, she has beaten BC Distaff contenders Abel Tasman and It Tiz Well.
Finest City - The 2016 F&M Sprint champ has been taking on some very good horses in Grade 1 races, but has just been falling short, running 2nd or 3rd in her last four starts.
Curlin's Approval - Multiple graded-stakes winner has had a very erratic season, winning four races, and finishing completely off the board in three others.
Skye Diamonds - California-bred was running at the claiming level this time a year ago, but has since had success in graded stakes. Comes in on two-race winning streak, including her last out on the Del Mar dirt.
Highway Star - Competitive New York-bred has been in the money in 11 of 13 lifetime starts with eight wins, four of those at the graded-stakes level. Beat several of these to run second by a head in a Grade 1 two starts back.
Finleysluckycharm - Very similar to Highway Star, she's been 1st or 2nd in 11 of 12 lifetime starts with nine wins, with three of those at the graded-stakes level, although none were Grade 1s.
Paulassilverlining - Five-year-old Kentucky mare ran 3rd in the 2016 Filly & Mare Sprint. Had a three-race winning streak in 2017, including two Grade 1 events, but ran poorly to finish 5th as the favorite last start.
By The Moon - Another five-year-old, she ran very well in her last start to take the (G1) Ballerina Stakes over Highway Star, Paulassilverlining, Curlin's Approval and Carina Mia, all of whom she's facing again.
Carina Mia - Talented four-year-old hasn't won at the graded-stakes level in 18 months, with six 2nd or 3rd place finishes over that time, but she's spent much of her career chasing nine-time Grade 1 winner Songbird.
Constellation - Capped off her 2016 campaign with a Grade 1 win in the La Brea Stakes, but has developed a case of second-itis in 2017, finishing as the runner up in four straight races, including last out behind Skye Diamonds.
Amis Mesa - Ontario-bred has shown a big improvement as a four-year-old, winning four straight races including three graded stakes. But all of those have come on all-weather tracks and she's never raced on dirt.
Vale Dori - Owner and trainer have declared she'll be getting time off and will not be running in the Breeders' Cup.
2017 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Betting
The Filly & Mare Sprint is race #7 of 9 on Day 2 of the Breeders' Cup, Saturday, November 4 from Del Mar race track. The race is run over 7 furlongs and carries a purse of $1 million. It's open to fillies and mares age three and older, and the field is limited to 14 runners.
The Key Betting Trends
- Winning odds over the past 10 races have averaged +700
- Last three trifecta payouts have averaged $2100 on $2 wager
- Never-out-of-the-money filly Faypien could draw in late
- Several runners come in off of 60-day layoffs
Future Bet Overlays
Skye Diamonds, Finleyslucky Charm and Paulasilverlining can all be expected to be taking the biggest drops, with either of the first two likely the second favorite when the gates open.
Future Bet Underlays
Expect the odds on several horses to move quite a bit prior to the race, with Finest City, Curlin's Approval the most likely to be moving up, while even Unique Bella could go to +200 or +250.
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