Runhappy lived up to the hype and galloped home strong in the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint, running down veteranGrade 1 winner Private Zone in the final furlong to collect his fifth straight win Oct. 31 at Keeneland. Watch Replay
Racing Lasix-free for owner James McIngvale and trainer Maria Borell to give both their first Breeders' Cup wins, the 3-year-old Super Saver colt set a new track record of 1:08.58 under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado in the three-quarter-length victory, sewing up seasonal honors in the champion sprinter division.
"The plan was to try to go to the lead, come rolling out of there, don't be bottled up behind horses," Prado said. "Unfortunately, he's not real quick out of the gate. We used Plan B, which is stay behind horses. He took a little kickback and that's where he dropped a little back in the turn."
It was Holy Boss and Private Zone who went out for the lead in the six-furlong Sprint, with Private Zone shifting over from post 13 to grab the advantage after a quarter in :22.05 seconds. Private Zone showed the way for a :44.31-second half and five-eighths in :56.14, but Runhappy was gearing up to roll from third, and swept past full of run. Private Zone held for second, while Favorite Tale moved up to get third.
Completing the order of finish were Salutos Amigos, Wild Dude, Kobe's Back, Stallwakin' Dude, Ivan Fallunovalot, Big Macher, Limousine Liberal, Barbados, Alsvid, and Masochistic.
Runhappy came off a solid victory in the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix at Keeneland after collecting his first Grade 1 in the NYRA.com King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga Race Course. He was sent off the 8-5 favorite in a 14-horse field for the Sprint, and paid $5.20, $3.40, and $2.80. After Private Zone came Favorite Tale to complete the trifecta.