Frankel ends 0-for-38 run with Sprint win
NEW YORK -- Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel ended an 0-for-38 Breeders' Cup losing streak when Squirtle Squirt won the $1 million Sprint on Saturday at the World Thoroughbred Championships.
Squirtle Squirt, a 9-1 choice in the 14-horse field, took the lead from pacesetter Xtra Heat inside the 16th-pole and won by a half-length. The 3-year-old colt covered the 6 furlongs in 1:08 2-5.
The win gave jockey Jerry Bailey his 12th Breeders' Cup win, tying him with Pay Day for most BC winners. Day won his 12th earlier aboard Unbridled Elaine in the Distaff.
Owned by David Lanzman, the winner returned $21.20, $10.60 and $9.20. Xtra Heat, with Jorge Chavez aboard, paid $16.20 and $13.20. Caller One was third and paid $10 to show.
Kona Gold, the 7-2 favorite and defending Sprint champion, was seventh.
Swept Overboard was fourth, followed by Left Bank, Delaware Township, Kona Gold, Five Star Day, Peeping Tom, Alannan, Mozart, El Corredor, Bet on Sunshine and Hook and Ladder.
Squirtle Squirt was coming off a second-place finish to Left Bank in the Vosburgh at Belmont on Sept. 22. In six starts this year, Squirtle Squirt has three wins and three seconds.