Brave set for Sprint option
Hugo Palmer has told sportinglife.com that his star three-year-old Home Of The Brave will contest the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint as opposed to the BC Mile on Saturday.
Home Of The Brave (right) will contest the Turf Sprint
Palmer had been sorely tempted to run his front-running chestnut against Tepin and Limato in the Mile but has opted for the shorter option in the belief that his chance is stronger there.
"They are two great options and he would have got into either race but, though the Sprint is no soft option, he has less to find on the figures to win it," he said.
"I've watched a lot of horses go hard and get swallowed up in the Sprint, including his sire Starspangledbanner, but it isn't essential that he leads and I'm very excited to see what he can do."
Palmer believes the Mile at Del Mar could be an option for Home Of The Brave in 2017 and is hoping that it could be a case of fourth time lucky in America.
"My first runner at Santa Anita was Aktabantay, who had to be withdrawn from the Juvenile Turf here with an injury," he added.
"The second was New Providence, who finished stone last, while Hawksmoor went very close at Keeneland recently.
"It will be great to go back to California. I wouldn't say Santa Anita owes me a winner, but it does owe me a runner and I think he can run a very bold race."