Limato has been one of Britain’s star sprinters this year
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By Jon Lees 10:43AM 24 OCT 2016
LIMATO will run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita after his connections on Monday ruled out the option of a tilt at the Turf Sprint.
After discussing both races with trainer Henry Candy, owner Paul Jacobs said the July Cup and Prix de la Foret winner would only be entered in the Mile at today’s pre-entry deadline.
It means Limato would meet defending champion Tepin, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. He finished fourth in the Lockinge Stakes this year on his only start at 1m.
Jacobs said: “We talked about it on Friday and the more research I’ve done and the more advice I have received has been in the direction of the Mile.
“We decided we would make the one entry. We’d rather have the certainty now than spending the next week with everything that has to be done at the back of our minds saying ‘Should we be going for that?’.
“Obviously the Mile will be a more competitive race as you would expect but given everything that’s involved we thought quite frankly we would go for broke on that score.”
Limato was 3-1 favourite with British bookmakers for the Turf Sprint. He is a top-priced 4-1 second favourite behind Tepin for the Mile.