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Belvoir Bay Beats The Boys In Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint

by Breeders' Cup Notes Team

November 2, 2019

ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2019) – Gary Barber’s Belvoir Bay ($31.60), the only mare in the field of 12, grabbed the lead out of the gate and never trailed in winning the 12th running of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint for 3-year-olds and up by 1 ¼ lengths over Om Saturday afternoon at Santa Anita.

Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Javier Castellano, Belvoir Bay covered the 5 furlongs on a firm turf course in :54.83, a course record.

Miller, who also saddled Om to complete the exacta, won the race for the third consecutive year as Stormy Liberal had prevailed at Del Mar in 2017 and Churchill Downs in 2018. It is Miller’s fifth Breeders’ Cup victory and the 12th for Castellano and first in the Turf Sprint. Stormy Liberal finished eighth in this year’s renewal.

Belvoir Bay is a 6-year-old British-bred daughter of Equiano (FR) out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Path of Peace. The victory was worth $550,000 and increased her earnings to $1,699,787 with a record of 28-12-6-2.