La Verdad heads to Breeders' Cup on short rest

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) La Verdad will return on short rest for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint on Saturday at Keeneland.

Trainer Linda Rice decided Sunday to wheel the 5-year-old back into action only one week after her 3 3/4-length win against New York breds in the $150,000 Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park.

La Verdad, 6 for 6 this year, is slated for retirement as a broodmare at the end of the season - a factor in the Breeders' Cup decision.

''She's going to move on to her new career soon,'' Rice said. ''Any way you look at it, there's not a lot to lose. It's all upside. The only thing she is missing is a Grade 1 victory, and we're going to give her a chance.''

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