In a bit of dramatic news today, the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint purse by the California Horse Racing Board. This is only ever done when the integrity of the results is in question. The contest was won by Defront, a 7/2 favorite, who was followed by both Masochistic and Mind Your Biscuits. A.P. Indian, who was 4/1 and the most popular horse in the horse thanks to a six race winning streak heading in, finished fourth.
Mike Marten, a spokesman for the CHRB, plainly stated that”At this point, the Sprint has not been cleared,” Marten said. “All the other races have been cleared and we expect the Sprint to be cleared in mid-December.”
The Breeders’ Cup organizers themselves said that, “Breeders’ Cup has been advised by the California Horse Racing Board that 12 of 13 races from this year’s event at Santa Anita, not including the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, have been cleared following post-race testing by the Maddy Laboratory at the University of California at Davis. Inquiries relating to testing results or regulatory proceedings should be directed to the CHRB.”
A failed drug test is the most likely culprit for the delay in releasing the Breeders’ Cup Sprint purse. However, at least a handful of the contenders have commented that they haven’t been requisitioned. “I’d hope if it was our horse (that was involved), I would have been informed,” said Arnoud Delacours, who oversees A.P. Indian.
Robert Falcone Jr., who trained Mind Your Biscuits to third place, said that “We haven’t heard why. Everyone is under hold. They’re staying really quiet about it.”
Until we know further about why the funds for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Sprint purse are behind withheld, speculation can only be that the winner or the second place horse were under question. Hopefully shenanigans have been avoided, but in any sport – especially these days – you can never be too sure.
The Breeders’ Cup Sprint purse is expected to be released by mid-December.