Posted: 10/22/2012 9:27:26 AM
The 2012 rendition will be the 29th running of the BC Sprint. Here are some interesting results from the first 28 dashes:
The favorite is 6 for 28 in the Sprint. The lowest priced winner was, strangely enough, Eilio in the very first running in 1984. Eilio went to the gate at $1.30.
12 of 28 winners have paid $20 or more, led by Sheikh Albadou's $54.60 in 1991 and Dancing in the Silks $52.60 in 2009.
Closers (defined by a sprinter four or more lengths off the pace) have won the Sprint 9 of 28 (32% clip)
Front runners (defined by a sprinter within 1 1/2 lengths of the lead after two calls) have won 15 or 54% of all Sprints.
Stalkers (defined as horses between that 1 1/2 and 4 length range at the first two calls) have won 4 Sprints.
The leader at the first call has finished:
1st six times.
In the Exacta (1st or 2nd) 12 times. A very healthy 43% led by such bombs as Thunderello (2nd in '02 @ 48-1), Xtra Heat (2nd @ 17-1 in '01).
In the Trifecta (1st, 2nd or 3rd) 15 times (54%).
And in the Superfecta (top four spots) 18 of 28 runnings, led by Atila's Storm in '05 @ 45-1.
The Sprint at Oak Tree Santa Anita
OSA has hosted the BC five times thus far, with 2012 being the sixth.
The most recent two in '08/'09 were run on the All Weather Track.
Of the races run on dirt, two were won by front runners ( Smile 13-1 in '86 & Cajun Beat 22-1 in '03) and one by a closer (Carmania 5-1 in '93)
The first call leaders on all five races have finished 2nd twice, 3rd once and the other two were towards the bottom of the field.
Here are some of your contenders for BC 2012:
Best of Luck!