Breeders' Cup Mile 2015 at Keeneland

Dave Bond | OTB Writer
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Las Vegas, NV - Keeneland in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky will play host to the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Mile on Saturday, October 31. Horses three years old and upward will be after the winner's share of the $2 million purse and the honor of calling themselves a Breeders Cup Champ when they take to Keeneland's turf track and race one mile.

A field of 12 males and females have been confirmed for the Breeders' Cup Mile - race 8 on Keeneland's Breeders' Cup Saturday card. Post time is 3:30 PM. Let's take a glance into the paste performances of all 12 combatants for this interesting Breeders' Cup stakes.

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Make Believe 3-1 - British bred Andre Fabre trained colt has been very good in his short career - six starts with four wins and a second place finish. Last time out was a good win in the Group 1 Qatar Prix de la Foret at Longchamp October 4. He had a hiccup before that with a fifth place finish but Make Believe did have a Group 1 and a Group 3 score before that. He makes his much anticipated North American debut this week in very good form. He is expected to be one of the ones to catch Saturday - from post 3 with Olivier Peslier in the saddle of the tepid morning line favorite.

Esoterique 7-2 - Irish bred Andre Fabre trained mare has 16 career starts with six wins, three seconds and a third place finish. She enters on a two race win streak- the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket October 3 and the Group 1 Prix Jacques Le Marois at Deauville August 16. Before that was consecutive seconds including the Group 2 LARC Prix Maurice de Gheest August 9. She has finished first or second in her last four starts overall - in top form ahead of this weekend. Pierre Charles Boudot gets the call from post 9 Saturday.

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Mondaliste 9-2 - Irish bred David O'Meara trainee made his North American debut last time out and posted a terrific win in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile September 13 after 14 career starts at home yielded three wins, three second and five third place finishes. His last two starts at home resulted in two wins - both Stakes races in Britain - the Betfred Mobile Strensall Stakes (Eng-III) August 22 and the other at Pontefract July 26. Before that was a disappointing fourteenth and consecutive third place finishes. Mondaliste has placed in seven of his last eight starts overall and seems to be peeking for his most important start to date. Danile Alezander Tudhope has been tabbed to ride from gate 4 Saturday.

Time Test 6-1 - British bred Roger Charlton trained colt has seven career starts with four wins and two second place finishes. He enters having won three of his last four starts at home - all stakes races. He has yet to race in Group or graded stakes company but has certainly been competitive every time out. Ryan Moore has been chosen to ride Time Test in his first North American start from the outside post 12.

Grand Arch 8-1 - finished eleventh in this race last year and went on to an Allowance score on this track in April. He scuffled after that with off-the-board finishes in his next two starts. But Grand Arch has peaked ahead of this weekend - two straight graded stakes scores. Last time out was a win in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile here October 3 after a win in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap in August. Grand Arch now has seven wins, six seconds and six third place finishes in 23 career starts, has won three of his last five starts overall and arrives in career best form. Luis Saez will be in the saddle from the rail Saturday hoping to keep the impressive streak going.

Impassable 8-1 - another of the European invaders - Irish bred Impassable has seven career starts with four wins and a second place finishes. He enters on the heels of three straight wins - two Group 2 races in France - the Qatar Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp October 3 and the Prix de Sandringham at Chantilly in May. He has been on some kind of roll and enters in terrific form. He will have Maxime Guyon guiding him from post 5 hoping to make a little noise in his North American debut.

Karakonite 12-1 - Japanese bred colt and defending champion in this race spent almost all of his career in France. He won the Group 1 Qatar Prix Jean Luc Lagardere Grand Criterium in October, 2013 the Group 1 Poule d'Essai des Poulains-French Two Thousand Guineas in May, 2014 before the Breeders' Cup score. He has just two starts since last year's triumph - a third last time out in the Group 3 Qatar Prix du Moulin de Longchamp September 13 followed a sixth in the Group 1 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-Le-Buffard - Jacques Le Marois at Deauville in August. Karakonite returns to the scene of his biggest win in so-so form and leaves from post 11 with Stephane Pasquier guiding him.

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Tepin 12-1 - Mark Casse trained filly has 14 career starts with six wins, three seconds and a third place finish. He enters having not finished worse than second in his last six starts with four wins over that span. He enters off an impressive seven length win in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes on this track October 3 after consecutive seconds - the Grade 2 Ballston Spa Stakes August 29 and the Grade 1 Diana Stakes in July. He also had wins in the Grade 1 Just a Game Stakes in June and the Grade 2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile in May. Tepin has been sensational the last seven months and will try to keep the trend going from post 7 with Julien Leparoux aboard.

Tourist 15-1 - Bill Mott trained colt won three straight races last summer including the minor Sir Cat Stakes at Saratoga in July and finished a good second in his graded stakes debut- the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington August 16, 2014. He went on to a thirteenth place finish in the Breeders' Cup Mile and was forced out of action for 10 months. He returned to action September 5 and won the minor More Than Ready Mile by 3 3/4 lengths at Kentucky Downs and most recently finished third in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile on this very track October 3. Tourist has won four of his last seven races overall and has shown promise in Grade 1 company. He makes just his third start of 2015 from post 6 with Jose Lezcano in the reins hoping for a first graded stakes win.

Obviously 15-1 - multiple Grade 1 winner makes his fourth appearance in this race. The Irish bred gelding was last seen running third in the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile September 13 after 10 months away. Before the layoff was a fifth in last year's Breeders' Cup Mile (he was fifth in 2013 and third in 2012) - a result that followed a fourth in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap in August, 2014 and two straight graded stakes scores - the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile last June and the Grade 3 American Stakes in May - he won both of those races two straight years. He has 23 career starts with 11 wins, four seconds and three third place finishes and will look for his first win in 16 months. Obviously looks to snap a three race losing streak with Joe Talamo guiding him from gate 8.

Mshawish 15-1 - Todd Pletcher trainee colt has 19 career starts with six wins, two seconds and three third place finishes and was last seen running fifth in the Grade 2 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga August 15 which followed a third in a Group 1 Dubai Turf at Meydan in March. He had a three race win streak - the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in February, the Grade 2 Ft. Lauderdale Stakes January 10 and the minor El Prado Stakes December 16 - so we know he can run. Mshawish has six wins, two seconds and three third place finishes in 19 career starts and has placed in six of his last seven starts ahead of this weekend. He looks for his first win since February when he leaves from gate 10 with Lanfranco Dettori in the irons.

Recepta 30-1 - has 11 career starts for trainer James Toner with five wins and three third place finishes. She enters on a nice two race win streak - the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Stakes last time out September 19 and the minor Fasig-Tipton De La Rose Stakes at Saratoga August 8. The wins followed a fourth in the Grade 3 Eatontown Stakes at Monmouth Park in June, an OK third place finish in the Grade 3 Beaugay Stakes at Belmont Park May 9, an Allowance score April 12, a tenth in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational last July and consecutive thirds in stakes action last summer. Recepta has been a tad up and down but two straight wins ahead of this race has to give her some serious confidence. John Velazquez has been tabbed to ride as Recepta chases her third straight stakes score from gate 2.

2015 Breeders' Cup Mile Entries & Odds

Race 8 on Keeneland's Saturday card with a Post Time of 3:30 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Grand Arch Luis Saez Brian Lynch
2 Recepta John Velazquez James Toner
3 Make Believe (GB) Olivier Peslier Andre Fabre
4 Mondialiste (IRE) Daniel Tudhope David O'Meara
5 Impassable (IRE) Maxime Guyon Carlos Laffon-Parias
6 Tourist Jose Lezcano William Mott
7 Tepin Julien Leparoux Mark Casse
8 Obviously (IRE) Joseph Talamo Philip D'Amato
9 Esoterique (IRE) Pierre Boudot Andre Fabre
10 Mshawish Lanfranco Dettori Todd Pletcher
11 Karakontie (JPN) Stephane Pasquier Jonathan Pease
12 Time Test (GB) Ryan Moore Roger Charlton

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