Leinster Has Keeneland Form in Turf Sprint

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By Emily Shields

Leinster is 4-1 morning line for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1), a race that drew 18 hopefuls (only 14 can run) and that is so evenly matched that a host of horses are sitting between the 4-1 and 12-1 marks on the morning line.

Of them, Leinster is the quintessential “horse for course.” The son of Majestic Warrior has won three of four starts here, with the lone loss a narrow loss in Grade 2 company. He is capable of firing a big speed figure for trainer George Arnold, and gets Luis Saez back as Tyler Gaffalione goes to Got Stormy.

Drawn in post 12 is the mare Got Stormy, who has a win and a third in two tries on this course. Got Stormy was a dual Grade 1 winner last year, including one over the males, and missed by just a neck in Grade 1 company at Santa Anita in March. After a frustrating summer, the Mark Casse trainee put together a pair of wins including a Grade 3 over this track by a nose.

A lot of attention is on the Australian-bred mare Oleksandra. Neil Drysdale trains the six-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom, who won the Grade 1 Jaipur by a neck in June. That was the last time she raced, but she was a stakes winner on this course last year. Joel Rosario will ride.

Glass Slippers (GB) has arrive from the United Kingdom. She has run in France, England, and Ireland in her last three starts, and missed by just a neck in Group 1 company over five furlogns last out. Kevin Ryan trains the Group 1 winner, who is a turf sprinting specialist.

Imprimis is another 4-1 shot on the line, and has “won” two straight Grade 3 races. He was disqualified two back and placed third, but had crossed theline more than two lengths ahead. Joe Orseno trains the son of Broken Vow, who will be ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr. He was a winner over the course in April of 2019.

Big Runnuer is a horse many are overlooking, but he is riding a three-race win streak shipping in from California. Victor Garcia trains the son of Stormy Atlantic, who is a lightly-raced five-year-old. He has never been worse than third, and has won two straight stakes races over this distance.

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