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The Breeders' Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile is a race for 3-year-olds and older and will be run around the two turns of the main track.
Robert Donaldson's Spun to Run broke on top and never looked back, taking the field of 10 coast to coast before winning Saturday's $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Santa Anita Park.
Bursting from post 3 at 9/1 odds under Irad Ortiz, Jr., Spun to Run immediately asserted himself on the front end before posting opening fractions of :23.05 and :46.51. The Korean invader Blue Chipper kept closest watch, but off the far turn, nobody was able to chase down the loose-on-the-lead Spun to Run.
The 4/5 favorite Omaha Beach made a four-wide move in the far turn from near the rear, but his efforts proved too little, too late. Spun to Run crossed 2 3/4 lengths much the best in a final time of 1:36.58 for the mile-long event over the fast main track. Omaha Beach was 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Blue Chipper, who faded in the stretch but stayed on for third over Snapper Sinclair.
Spun to Run returned $20.20 to win, $7 to place, and $4.80 to show. Omaha Beach brought back $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show, while Blue Chipper paid $6 to show.
Race 6 at Santa Anita on Saturday, November 02 - Post 4:10 PM
|1||Giant Expectations||12-1||Jose Ortiz
|3||Spun to Run||6-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr.
|4||Mr. Money||6-1||Gabriel Saez
|5||Omaha Beach||8-5||Mike Smith
|7||Coal Front||6-1||Javier Castellano
|8||Blue Chipper||20-1||Flavien Prat
|9||Diamond Oops||15-1||Julien Leparoux
|10||Snapper Sinclair||30-1||Ricardo Santana, Jr.
Trainer Richard Mandella called an audible Tuesday morning and sent Breeders' cup Dirt Mile favorite Omaha Beach to Santa Anita's main track at 9 o'clock for a three-furlong blowout in 36 1/5.
"We had set it up to work three-eighths tomorrow three days out, tomorrow. Just something easy in :37 and change. Then I got to thinking about the works I gave him before the Santa Anita Sprint and thought that if he remembered those works, he wasn't going to go in :37. I thought it might be better to be four days out if he did take the bit and go faster. He was perfect this morning. He went 36 1/5 like a baby. He continues to prove what a class act he is."
Retired jockey Nestor Capitaine, who now trains a few horses of his own in addition to working for Mandella, was aboard for the work.
"He does a lot of special work for me," Mandella said. "He trains himself, but helps me in morning. He's always getting on special horses. He's a terrific rider."
Blue Chipper, the first South Korean challenger in the Breeders' Cup, breezed three furlongs in :34 4/5 this morning out on the main track and his connections very pleased with what they saw in the preparation for the $1 million Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile.
Ryu Seungho Ho representing the trainer Kim Young Kwan said:
"We are very happy with the way he worked and handled the track this morning. The plan is to go out on the main track tomorrow but just for a canter."
Robert LaPenta and Head of Plains' Coal Front galloped 1 1/4 miles Tuesday morning at Santa Anita, preparing for a start in Saturday's Dirt Mile.
"He's coming off a good, competitive race at Parx going a two-turn mile, giving us confidence to bring him here for the two-turn race," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "He showed us in Dubai, on his day, that he's a world-class miler. He's in good form and he'll need to be at his best in a race like this."
Coal Front, a multiple graded-stakes winner at 3, has come back strong this year while returning from a 13-month layoff. The 5yo son of Stay Thirsty, won the 7f. Mr. Prospector (G3) at Gulfstream Park and the 1 1/8m Razorback Handicap at Oaklawn Park before capturing the Godolphin Mile at Meydan on Dubai World Cup Day.
"He's been a very consistent horse. He's been able to win at multiple distances. We're excited about bringing him in," Pletcher said.
Coal Front will be ridden by Javier Castellano, who hasn't been aboard him since guiding him to a 6 ½-length debut victory at Keeneland in April 2017.
Giant Expectations' trainer Peter Eurton will be hoping the third time is the charm, when he saddles the 6 yo for Saturday's Dirt Mile. However, the stakes-winning horse will have to overcome the rail post position.
"The key for us will be the break, because our horse may end up standing in the gate for a bit before the start," Eurton said. "We've got a little speed, so I know that we won't be taking back."
Giant Expectations has finished sixth and fifth, respectively, in the 2017 and 2018 editions of this race.
Jimmy Barnes, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, said that Improbable jogged a mile Tuesday morning at Santa Anita Park.
The chestnut City Zip colt had his final Dirt Mile work Sunday - a bullet five furlongs in 59 1/5.
He drew post two and is the 3-1 second choice in the field of 10. Veteran Rafael Bejarano has picked up the mount on Improbable, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.
Allied Racing Stable and Spendthrift Farm's Mr. Money left Louisville early Tuesday morning for Santa Anita and a run in the Dirt Mile.
Trained by Bret Calhoun, Mr. Money will break from post position four under regular rider Gabriel Saez and is listed at 6-1 on the morning line.
"The post is fine," Calhoun said. "We all just need some racing luck now."
|2019||Spun to Run||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||Juan Guerrero||1:36.58|
|2018||City of Light||Javier Castellano||Michael McCarthy||1:33.83|
|2017||Battle of Midway||Flavien Prat||Jerry Hollendorfer||1:35.20|
|2016||Tamarkuz||Mike Smith||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||1:35.72|
|2015||Liam's Map||Javier Castellano||Todd Pletcher||1:34.54|
|2014||Goldencents||Rafael Bejarano||Leandro Mora||1:35.19|
|2013||Goldencents||Rafael Bejarano||Doug O'Neill||1:35.12|
|2012||Tapizar||Corey Nakatani||Steven M. Asmussen||1:35.34|
|2011||Caleb's Posse||Rajiv Maragh||Donnie Von Hemel||1:34.59|
|2010||Dakota Phone||Joel Rosario||Jerry Hollendorfer||1:35.29|
|2009||Furthest Land||Julien Leparoux||Michael J. Maker||1:35.50|
|2008||Albertus Maximux||Garrett Gomez||Vladimir Cerin||1:33.41|
|2007||Corinthian||Kent Desormeaux||James A. Jerkens||1:39.06|
The Breeders' Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile is a 1-mile (1.6 km) Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up. As its name implies, it is part of the Breeders' Cup thoroughbred championships, the de facto year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, and is run on a dirt course (either natural dirt or a synthetic surface such as Polytrack). This contrasts with the similar Breeders' Cup Mile, run on grass. All Breeders' Cups to date have been conducted in the United States, with the exception of the 1996 event in Canada.
The Dirt Mile race was run for the first time in 2007 during the first day of the expanded Breeders' Cup at that year's host track, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. It became a Grade I event in 2009.
Occasionally, various track configurations require minor changes in the distance of the race. The 2007 race at Monmouth Park was held at a distance of 1 mile 70 yards (1673 m) instead of the normal distance of 1-mile (1.6 km). The 2015 Breeders' Cup will be held at Keeneland, which does not have the ability to run one mile dirt races, and so the Dirt Mile is scheduled to be run out of the backstretch chute at a distance of 7 furlongs, 384 feet (1525 m).
|Breeders' Cup Race||Grade||Purse||Date|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint||II||$1,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf||I||$1,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile||I||$2,000,000||November 1|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint||I||$1,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile||I||$1,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf||I||$2,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Sprint||I||$2,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Mile||I||$2,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff||I||$2,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Turf||I||$4,000,000||November 2|
|Breeders' Cup Classic||I||$6,000,000||November 2|
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