Bran Sets Kentucky Downs Course Record In FanDuel Turf Sprint, Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Bran Sets Kentucky Downs Course Record In FanDuel Turf Sprint, Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth

Bran, green cap, wins the G2 FanDuel Turf Sprint at Kentucky Downs

Trainer John Sadler's French-bred Bran reeled in pacesetter Artemus Citylimits with a sustained stretch drive and won the $1-million FanDuel Turf Sprint (G2) by a neck Saturday at Kentucky Downs

The 4-year-old Muhaarar gelding covered the six-furlong event for 3-year-olds and up in 1:07.41, a course record, on firm turf.

Bran, who is campaigned by Hronis Racing, earned an automatic, fees-paid berth to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) Nov. 5 at Keeneland as the FanDuel Turf Sprint is part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge “Win and You're In” series.

Ideally positioned in seventh through Artemus Citylimits' opening quarter in :21.51, Bran advanced between rivals to fourth as the half mile went in :43.97. Angling four wide entering the stretch, he unleashed a willing rally for jockey Vincent Cheminaud and overhauled the front-runner late to get the victory. He returned $25.56.

“My horse was beautiful before the race,” Cheminaud said. “I was a little bit relaxed from the start. I followed the horse that was in front of me (Charcoal), my horse was very good at the finish, and he finished strong.”

Arrest Me Red checked in third, one length behind Artemus Citylimits.

Bran's record stands at 7-4-4 from 21 lifetime starts. The $320,540 winner's share of the Turf Sprint purse increased his purse earnings to $678,932. He was bred by Lordship Stud from the King's Best mare Best Intent.

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