Private Zone targets Sprint
While three of the top four finishers from last year's Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint return to this year's edition of the six-furlong race at Santa Anita Park, a well-traveled Southern California-based blazer not from that group figures prominently.Good Friends Stable's Private Zone has returned to Southern California to prepare for the Nov. 2 Sprint, where he will break from post 7, after shipping to Belmont Park for a narrow victory in the six-furlong Vosburgh Stakes over Sprint rival Justin Phillip. Retired jockey Rene Douglas, who scored a Breeders' Cup win as a rider in 2006 with Dreaming of Anna in the Juvenile Fillies, is managing partner of Private Zone owner Good Friends Stable. The Macho Uno gelding is trained by three-time Breeders' Cup race winner Doug O'Neill, who captured the 2006 Sprint at Churchill Downs with Thor's Echo. "If they're really flying, he can sit. He doesn't have to be on the lead but he has such a brilliant first step that he outbreaks most horses," O'Neill said. "But his mindset is not a speed-crazy horse. He can take them wire to wire but if they're flying, he can sit. I wouldn't trade places."
XPRESSBET BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT DRAW
|2||The Lumber Guy||12-1|
|5||Sum of the Parts||12-1|