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Star trio ready to blaze a trail in a thrilling battle royal

Bob Baffert: "It never gets old, especially when you can sneak in there and win one like that"
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8.21 Santa Anita
Twinspires Breeders' Cup Sprint | Grade 1 | 3yo+ | 6f | ATR

A clash in the Breeders' Cup Sprint between unbeaten-in-2016 sprinters A. P. Indian, Drefong and Masochistic promises to serve up a thrilling spectacle despite the race featuring just seven runners.

America's leading sprinter A P Indian is undefeated in five runs –including two Grade 1s – this year and looked in great shape working on the track on Thursday.

"He was really sharp yesterday and he's sharp today, but a lot more settled," said trainer Arnaud Delacour after that work. "He's a fast horse, but a lot will depend on the break."

Bob Baffert, the race's most successful trainer with four victories, saddles Drefong, who is on a three-race unbeaten run, most recently landing the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes by over three lengths.

"Drefong has speed, actually they all have speed," said Baffert. "That's what the Sprint is all about. Pedal to the metal."  

Six-year-old Masochistic, the morning line favourite, is the lightest-raced of the trio, with just two outings this year.

"We've been planning for the Sprint all year long," said trainer Ron Ellis. "His races really take a lot out of him, so we've trained him very lightly. He didn't even race until his four-year-old year, so for a horse his age he doesn't have a lot of mileage on him.

"We've just been patient with him and it looks like it's paying off. We'll know exactly how much on Saturday."

Limousine Liberal was only a nose behind A. P. Indian on their last appearance and trainer Ben Colebrook is optimistic about turning the tables.

"I love his post [seven], being on the outside," he said. "I'm hoping for a fast pace and I see A. P. Indian sitting just off the leaders and us circling the field and getting the first run on them." 

That's what the Sprint is all about. Pedal to the metal
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