When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
Where: Del Mar Racetrack, San Diego, California
Distance: 1 miles (Turf)
Age/Sex: 3 Yr Olds & Up
Purse: $2 Million
Post Time: 7:40pm
The 34th running of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will have a total of 14 races spread out over two days at Del Mar Racetrack, in San Diego, California on Friday, November 3, and Saturday, 4th, 2017 and kicks off with a series of "Win and You're In" Challenge races that lead up to the World Championships.
The Breeders' Cup Mile might be the biggest melting pot of all of the races of the world championships. There are automatic qualifiers who get into this turf race from South Africa, Australia, Chile, Japan, England, France, Canada and the United States. Though most of those qualifiers don't ultimately come to the United States to race in the Breeders' Cup, there are a few every year who try their hand at one of the biggest prizes in turf racing, the $2 million purse that is divides amongst the top ponies in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
There aren't many Breeders' Cup races in which there are international favorites, but that's what we have on tap with Ribchester in the Breeders' Cup Mile. He's Europe's top one-mile horse by a country mile, and we're going to get a chance to see what he can do against the other top ponies in the world.
Let's remember that Ribchester isn't an automatic qualifier for this race, though. He never tried his hand at any of the "Win and You're In" races, and that makes this 14-horse field ridiculously difficult just to get into.
That said, of the nine automatic qualifying spots, only two are guaranteed to be filled at this point. World Approval, the winner of the Woodbine Mile, is expected to run and be one of the favorites in the Breeders' Cup Mile. Suedois, the victor at the Shadwell Turf Mile, is also expected to come to the Breeders' Cup but isn't expected to be a major factor in this race.
1: Midnight Storm 15-1 / Off Track Odds
2: Heart to Heart 6-1 / Off Track Odds
3: Mr. Roary 30-1 / Off Track Odds
4: Lancaster Bomber 20-1 / Off Track Odds
5: World Approval 9-2 / Off Track Odds
6: Zelzal 20-1 / Off Track Odds
7: Om 20-1 / Off Track Odds
8: Suedois 6-1 / Off Track Odds
9: Home of The Brave 20-1 / Off Track Odds
10: Ribchester 7-2 / Off Track Odds
11: Ballagh Rocks 12-1 / Off Track Odds
12: Roly Poly 6-1 / Off Track Odds
13: Blackjackcat 15-1 / Off Track Odds
14: Karar 15-1 / Off Track Odds
We mentioned all of the European horses that have come over to run in the Breeders' Cup Mile. There's certainly no shortage of them, as they actually outnumber the North American runners.
Ribchester is the best of the bunch, very possibly by a wide margin. That said, his questionable running style and his nature to be all over the place on the track around traffic are causing some hesitation from the oddsmakers and early bettors. In fact, more consistent money has been on British filly, Roly Poly, a horse who really needs to get off on a good break if she wants to contend but will have to do so from the far outside in the No. 12 post.
Worse for all the big starters in this race is that Midnight Storm and Heart to Heart, the two inside horses, are both big starters, too. It's hard to say which one of the two will get up to the lead first, but at a price of 6 to 1, Heart to Heart is at least considering dropping into your exotics thanks to his forward-thinking nature and the fact that Del Mar has played towards the early-starters in the majority of its races all year long.
#5 World Approval is the top North American-bred horse in this field, though there's a big question as to whether he has seen much in the way of top flight competition at the distance of a mile.
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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||Wise Dan||8||6||9-0||J Lezcano||C Lopresti|
|2nd||Za Approval||10||5||9-0||J Rosario||C Clement|
|3rd||Silentio||2||4||9-0||R Bejarano||G Mandella|
|1st||Wise Dan 9/5F||2||5||9-0||J Velazquez||C Lopresti|
|2nd||Animal Kingdom 10/1||5||4||9-0||R Bejarano||H G Motion|
|3rd||Obviously 31/5||3||4||9-0||J Talamo||M Mitchell|
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