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The $1000 Breeders Cup Contender

Don't Tell Sophia: $1000 Breeders' Cup Contender
For $1,000, a trainer might invest in a pair of saddles. Or buy 60 bales of top-grade straw, 27 bales of timothy hay, eight wheelbarrows or pay for Kentucky's minimum worker's comp policy.
Or, if you were Phil Sims, you got immeasurable thrills in the form of a future Grade I winner and near-millionaire. And now $1,000 purchase Don't Tell Sophia is headed to Friday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Santa Anita Park.
When Sims went to Keeneland's 2009 September sale, he expected to pay $30,000 or $40,000 to get the bay filly who was athletic but lacking a fashionable pedigree, being by Congaree, a top-class racehorse but unspectacular in the stallion ranks.
"I looked at her. Liked her. Liked the pedigree, too," Sims said. "I wasn't looking for a 2-year-old runner, but something I could use later as a 3-year-old and on."


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