Bulletproof One may use allowance as springboard to BC Turf Sprint
DEL MAR, Calif. – Bulletproof One has been so sharp in turf sprints in recent years that trainer Peter Miller is entertaining the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Del Mar in November as an option.
On Thursday at Del Mar, Bulletproof One will have her second start of 2021 in an allowance race at five furlongs on turf. Bulletproof One has conditions in her favor – an outside post for a 4-year-old filly with ample speed.
“She should be tough,” Miller said. “We’ll have speed and the outside post. We have a great speed rider in Ricky Gonzalez. No excuses.
“We’re looking forward. If she wins this in the right way, we could be looking toward the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Five-eighths on turf is her jam.”
Owned by Gary Barber and the Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners syndicate, Bulletproof One was third in the Daisycutter Handicap at five furlongs on turf here on July 25, her first start in 10 months. Bulletproof One set the pace, led by two lengths with a furlong remaining, and finished 1 1/2 lengths behind Superstition.
“She needed that first race,” Miller said.
Last year, Bulletproof One won 4 of 8 starts, including the Unzip Me Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf at Santa Anita last September. In the near future, Bulletproof One must show improvement to merit a spot in the BC Turf Sprint, which often draws a full field. A three-time stakes winner, Bulletproof One has won 7 of 15 starts, but has not started in a graded stakes.
Bulletproof One will be closely tracked by the stakes winners Hear My Prayer and Raymundos Secret.