Breeders' Cup F&M Sprint 2020: Who are the fastest contenders?

Breeders' Cup F&M Sprint 2020: Who are the fastest contenders?
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Gamine has been the darling of speed figure players all summer as she racked up numbers that were impressive for anyone, never mind a 3-year-old filly.

She will face a tough field of older fillies and mares in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, and many top contenders are not as far behind Gamine as one would imagine. Below we take a look at the Beyer, Brisnet and Timeform figures for this year's F&M Sprint probables.

Horse Best/Last Beyer Best/Last    Brisnet Figure Best/Last Timeform Figure 
Serengeti Empress101/97104/100 130/130
Frank's Rockette98/95101/96114/112
Bell's the One98/97 102/100118/118
 Come Dancing114/95 114/102134/112
Venetian Harbor97/97102/98122/113
Hard Not to Love   102/96 103/97 124/117 
Bellafina105/80 102/86 128/121
 Inthemidstofbiz 95/9597/97117/117
Sneaking Out96/8899/92115/109
Speech  101/88 104/96 124/114
Wicked Whisper  87/85 97/94 107/106
Sally's Curlin   93/91  103/95 115/112

Who is the fastest: Remarkably, Gamine does not have the highest career Beyer, Brisnet or Timeform figure, but she has consistently been the fastest in recent one-turn races this year. Come Dancing's back-class shows, but she needs to improve on her recent numbers to contend. Timeform loves Serengeti Empress' last race, in which she received a tremendous 130 figure. 

One thing that stands out: It is incredible how similar these runners are on the Beyer Speed Figure scale if one looks at only their last start. All eight of the top choices received a Beyer between 95 and 97 last out.

[Related: Prospective odds and fields for all 14 Breeders' Cup races]

Odds and accomplishments for the 2020 F&M Sprint runners: 

Horse Claim to Fame Last RaceHRN  Odds 
Gamine2-time Grade 1 winner3rd in Kentucky Oaks2-1
Serengeti EmpressG1 wins routing & sprinting2nd in Derby City Distaff4-1
Frank's RocketteTwo-time G2 winner1st in Gallant Bloom8-1
Bell's the OneGame Neil Pessin first G1 win1st in Derby City Distaff 8-1 
SconsinG2 winner1st in Eight Belles 12-1 
Come Dancing'19 G1 Ballerina winner1st in Honorable Miss15-1
Venetian HarborMultiple winner1st in Raven Run 15-1 
Hard Not to Love La Brea (G1) winner  2nd in Zenyatta  15-1 
 Bellafina3-time G1 winner 6th in Derby City Distaff  20-1 

Rose from claiming to stakes ranks

1st in TCA  20-1 
Sneaking OutGreat Lady M (G2) winner2nd in TCA 20-1 
SpeechAshland (G1) winner4th in Kentucky Oaks   20-1 
Wicked Whisper'19 Frizette (G1) winner 1st in Miss Preakness   30-1  
Sally's CurlinMultiple G3 winner3rd in Derby City Distaff  30-1 

Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint updates

• Simon Callaghan confirmed that Bellafina will be one of his three Breeders' Cup starters.

• Frank's Rockette was listed among the six horses that Bill Mott confirmed to HRN for the Breeders' Cup. She will start in either the F&M Sprint or the Sprint.

• Venetian Harbor's connections indicated after the Raven Run that their filly would be pointed towards the F&M Sprint.

• Mia Mischief has not recorded a work since Aug. 30 and has been removed from F&M Sprint consideration.

•  On Sept. 21, HRN reported that Chad Brown's three-time G1 winner Guarana would need to work soon to be considered for the Breeders' Cup. She still has not worked, with her last drill coming on July 25. She has been removed from consideration for the F&M Sprint.

• Michael McCarthy told HRN that Ce Ce and Speech will be headed to the Breeders' Cup. Ce Ce has since been confirmed for the Distaff. Speech could go in either spot.

• John Shirreffs told HRN that Hard Not to Love is possible for the Distaff. “Her last race was really good,” Shirreffs said. “She could go to the seven-eighths race (Filly & Mare Sprint) or go to the Distaff.”

• Spiced Perfection, who has not been seen since running sixth in the Winning Colors on May 30, was not mentioned by trainer Mark Casse as one of his Breeders' Cup starters.

Who's already going: Gamine, Serengeti Empress, Bell's the One, Come Dancing, Inthemidstofbiz, Wicked Whisper, Sconsin, Bellafina, Venetian Harbor

Who could be going: Ce Ce, Hard Not to Love, Sneaking Out, Sally's Curlin, Frank's Rockette

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