So what did the two Sprint races on July 27 tell us? Perhaps this division is deeper than cousin Kenny Joe’s moonshine supply. For those wondering about the scale here, cousin Kenny Joe likes to think forwardly when it comes to his shine stash. When he was a young adult and his mom told him to think about the future he bought two cases of beer on his next store visit.

The Alfred G Vanderbilt at Saratoga saw Imperial Hint set a track record in destroying the thought of division leader in Mitole. Out on the West coast, Cistron took ’em gate to wire in the Bing Crosby at Del Mar. Neither were race favorites, but both turned in the kind of eye-catching performances that says they are for real players in the division. Mitole had won his previous five races so we know he is for real. The Dale Romans trained Promises Fulfilled is one of the most courageous horses in any division, Firenzie Fire, Recruiting Ready, Air Strike, Whitmore, Limousine Liberal, and Desert Law are also big-timers. And oh…we can’t forget two-time Breeders’ Cup Sprint champ Roy H who is currently on vacation but likely to run in September in the Santa Anita Sprint Championship.

Bottom Line…the depth here makes for some fantastic racing and the Breeders’ Cup Sprint in early November could be the most competitive race of the year top to bottom!!!

Jockey Victor Espinoza guides Cistron to the winner’s circle after their victory in the Grade I, $300,000 Bing Crosby Stakes, Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar CA.