Dr. Schivel battled Speed Boat Beach through the final furlong and dug in to narrowly prevail in the $200,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship (G2).
Ridden by Juan Hernandez for trainer Mark Glatt, the 5-year-old son of Violence won the race for the second time in three years—he landed the 2021 edition by a comfortable 3¼ lengths in wire-to-wire fashion but had to call upon all his reserves to win by a head Saturday.
Dr. Schivel returned $6.80 for the win after completing the six furlongs in 1:08.49 on a track rated as wet fast and stamped himself as a horse to watch for the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) Nov. 4 at the Arcadia, Calif. track. He came tantalizingly close to winning the 2021 edition of the Sprint, run at Del Mar, when finishing second by a nose to Aloha West after taking that year’s Sprint Championship.
Bred by William A. Branch and Arnold R. Hill, Dr. Schivel was foaled and raised at Hidden Brook Farm and is a graduate of Hidden Brook’s 2019 Keeneland January consignment. He´s owned by Red Baron’s Barn LLC, Rancho Temescal, Reeves Thoroughbred Racing, and breeder William A. Branch.
With Saturday’s win, Dr. Schivel improved his overall record to 7-2-3 from 14 starts. The $120,000 winner’s share of the Santa Anita Sprint Championship purse boosted his lifetime bankroll to $1,327,100.
-edited from Santa Anita Press Release