When: Friday, November 3, 2017
Where: Del Mar Racetrack - Del Mar, California
Distance: 1 Mile
Age/Sex: 3 Year Olds & Up
Purse: $1 Million
Post Time: 6:05pm
Casual horse racing fans who might only pay attention to the Sport of Kings during the Triple Crown season will usually take a liking to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Many of the horses who couldn't cut it against the big boys at three-years old in the longer Triple Crown races are brought down to 1-mile horses where many have tremendously greater success. The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is one of those races that these trainers really point hard towards once the Triple Crown is out of sight.
This year horse betting fans are in for a treat, as the Del Mar racetrack will get to serve as home for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. The Breeders’ Cup hails as the most prestigious horse race in the world, and this year, and the first time that Del Mar racetrack will play host to the Breeders’ Cup on November 3-4, 2017.
Accelerate was a 42 to 1 longshot last year in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, but he finished third in the race. He was third at the Pacific Classic here at Del Mar as well, but he's put up his two best career Beyer Speed Ratings since putting on blinkers. He's the second favorite to Met Mile winner, Mor Spirit, though most have softened about Mor Spirit since he hasn't run since early in the summer.
Mor Spirit is one of the two automatic qualifiers for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, the other of which is Giant Expectations, the winner of the Pat O'Brien Handicap.
A field that usually features close to a full 14 horses only filled 10 slots in 2017.
1: Iron Fist 12-1 / Off Track Odds
2: Giant Expectations 12-1 / Off Track Odds
3: Sharp Azteca 9-2 / Off Track Odds
4: Gate Del Oro 30-1 / Off Track Odds
5: Awesome Slew 12-1 / Off Track Odds
6: Mor Spirit 3-1 / Off Track Odds
7: Cupid 8-1 / Off Track Odds
8: Accelerate 7-2 / Off Track Odds
9: Battle of Midway 10-1 / Off Track Odds
10: Practical Joke 6-1 / Off Track Odds
Outside of Gate Del Oro, you could really make a case for any of these other nine horses to win the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.
Of course, if Mor Spirit runs at his highest level like he did at the Met Mile, you could also make a case that there are nine other horses racing for second-best.
Mor Spirit is the 3 to 1 favorite at the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, and we can't see him being had at any cheaper of a price when push comes to shove on Friday. He's clearly the most talented horse in this field, and he's proven it time and time again with his 11 top-2 finishes in his 13 career spins. Three straight wins at one mile, all of which have come by multiple lengths is hard to turn away from.
If there's a horse you could argue for, it would be Sharp Azteca. He's crushed his last two fields he's been up against, and he's the safest bet to turn a 100+ Beyer Speed Rating after doing so in seven straight races. That said, he was put away soundly when he ran against Mor Spirit in June at the Met Mile, and that has to weigh heavily on the minds of bettors, too.
The outside posts for Accelerate and Practical Joke are both troublesome, but if these two can run at their best, they could reasonably look solid as single-digit long shots. Keep in mind that Practical Joke has never lost a race run at a mile or less in his career.
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|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1)||1 Mile (Turf)||2 Year Olds||$1 Million||5:25pm|
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)||1 Mile||3 Year Olds & Up||$1 Million||6:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||2 Year Old Fillies||$1 Million||6:50pm|
|Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1)||1 1/8 miles||3 Year Olds & Up Fillies & Mares||$2 Million||7:35pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Year Old||$2 Million||3:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1)||1 1/4 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||3:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1)||7 furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||4:21pm|
|Geico Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1)||6.5 Furlongs (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1 Million||5:05pm|
|Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)||1 1/16 miles||2 Yr Old Colts||$2 Million||5:43pm|
|Breeders' Cup Turf (G1)||1 1/2 miles (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$3 Million||6:22pm|
|TwinSpires Breeders Cup Sprint (G1)||6 Furlongs||3 Yr Olds & Up||$1.5 Million||7:01pm|
|Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)||1 mile (Turf)||3 Yr Olds & Up||$2 Million||7:40pm|
|Breeders' Cup Classic (G1)||1 1/4 miles||3 Yr Olds & Up||$5 Million||8:35pm|
* Times GMT and subject to change.
|1st||Goldenscents||12||3||8-11||R Bejarano||D O'Neill|
|2nd||Golden Ticket||2||4||9-0||J Rosario||K McPeek|
|3rd||Brujo De Olleros||4||5||9-0||A Garcia||R Mettee|
|1st||Tapizar||8||4||9-0||C Nakatani||S Asmussen|
|2nd||Rail Trip||1||7||9-0||J Valdivia Jr||R Ellis|
|3rd||Delegation||2||3||8-11||P Husbands||M Casse|
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