2022 Coolmore Turf Mile Contenders at Keeneland

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Edited Keeneland Press Release
Updated: October 05, 2022

Coolmore Turf Mile - Win and You're In for the Breeders' Cup Mile

Smooth Like Strait (Cannon Thoroughbreds) and Santin (Godolphin), the 1-2 finishers in the Arlington Million (G1) at Churchill Downs in August, head a field of 12 plus four also-eligibles in the 37th running of the $1 million Coolmore Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland Racecourse on Saturday, October 8.

In addition to the Coolmore Turf Mile, Saturday's 11-race program will offer two other Grade 1 tests: the 25th running of the $750,000 First Lady Presented by UK HealthCare for fillies and mares going a mile on the turf and the 109th running of the $600,000 Claiborne Breeders' Futurity for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the main track

2022 Coolmore Turf Mile Stakes Field & Odds

Race 10 at Keeneland on Saturday, October 8 - Post 5:45 PM

Entry Horse ML Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Classic Causeway 20-1 Julien Leparoux
123 Lbs
Kenneth McPeek
2 Smooth Like Strait 9-2 John Velazquez
126 Lbs
Michael McCarthy
3 Order of Australia (IRE) 8-1 Christophe Soumillon
126 Lbs
Aidan O'Brien
4 Gray's Fable 30-1 Brian Hernandez, Jr.
126 Lbs
Brian Lynch
5 Masen (GB) 12-1 Flavien Prat
126 Lbs
Chad Brown
6 Ivar (BRZ) 6-1 Joseph Talamo
126 Lbs
Paulo Lobo
7 Santin 7-2 Tyler Gaffalione
126 Lbs
Brendan Walsh
8 Annapolis 10-1 Irad Ortiz, Jr.
123 Lbs
Todd Pletcher
9 Casa Creed 5-1 Luis Saez
126 Lbs
William Mott
10 Somelikeithotbrown 12-1 Jose Ortiz
126 Lbs
Michael Maker
11 Emaraaty (GB) 12-1 Florent Geroux
126 Lbs
Chad Brown
12 Set Piece (GB) 15-1 Joel Rosario
126 Lbs
Brad Cox
13 Atone 20-1 Ricardo Santana, Jr.
126 Lbs
Michael Maker
14 Dark Shift (GB) 20-1 Vincent Cheminaud
126 Lbs
Conor Murphy
15 Natural Power (IRE) 30-1 Adam Beschizza
126 Lbs
Jeff Hiles
16 Greyes Creek 50-1 Gerardo Corrales
126 Lbs
Paulo Lobo

The Coolmore Turf Mile is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race that awards the winner a fees-paid berth into the 39th running of the $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) to be run here Nov. 5. Two Turf Mile winners have gone on to win the Breeders' Cup Mile: Wise Dan in 2012 and Steinlen (GB) in 1989.

The Coolmore Turf Mile will go as the 10th race on Saturday's 11-race program with a 5:45 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1 p.m.

Trained by Brendan Walsh, Santin is a two-time Grade 1 winner this year with his other Grade 1 triumph also coming at Churchill in the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day, May 7. In his lone Keeneland start, Santin was an allowance winner last fall in his second career race. Tyler Gaffalione will ride Saturday and exit post position seven.

Smooth Like Strait, who has finished in the top three in all eight of his starts in Grade 1 stakes, is trained by Michael McCarthy. In his lone Keeneland race, Smooth Like Strait finished third this spring beaten a nose and a neck in the Maker's Mark Mile (G1). John Velazquez has the mount Saturday and will break from post position two.

In addition to Santin and Smooth Like Strait, four other Grade 1 winners are in the field: Classic Causeway (2022 Belmont Derby), Order of Australia (IRE) (2020 Breeders' Cup Mile), Ivar (BRZ) (2020 Shadwell Turf Mile) and Casa Creed (2022 Fourstardave and 2021-2022 Jaipur).

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The field for the Coolmore Turf Mile, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Classic Causeway (Julien Leparoux, 123 pounds), Smooth Like Strait (Velazquez, 126), Order of Australia (IRE) (Christophe Soumillon, 126), Gray's Fable (Brian Hernandez Jr., 126), Masen (GB) (Flavien Prat, 126), Ivar (BRZ) (Joe Talamo, 126), Santin (Gaffalione, 126), Annapolis (Irad Ortiz Jr., 123), Casa Creed (Luis Saez, 126), Somelikeithotbrown (Jose Ortiz, 126), Emaraaty (GB) (Florent Geroux, 126), Set Piece (GB) (Joel Rosario, 126). Also-Eligibles: Atone (Ricardo Santana Jr., 126), Dark Shift (GB) (Vincent Cheminaud, 126), Natural Power (IRE) (Adam Beschizza, 126), Greyes Creek (Gerardo Corrales, 126).

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