November 2nd, 2013 − Santa Anita

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

RACE COVERAGE: Classic | Distaff | Turf | Filly & Mare Turf | Mile | Dirt Mile | Sprint | Turf Sprint | Filly & Mare Sprint | Juvenile | Juvenile Turf | Juvenile Fillies | Juvenile Fillies Turf | Marathon

Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, $1 million, one mile on dirt, 3-year-olds and up

1 Taptowne T. Glyshaw B. Hernandez, Jr. Consistent gelding scored career-best victories Mountaineer Park and Hawthorne, the numbers say he fits 10-1
2 Golden Ticket K. McPeek J. Rosario Flattened out eighth pole in mile-and-eighth G1, shortens up one furlong, looms upsetter from behind 8-1
3 Hymn Book S. McGaughey J. Castellano Come-from-behind gelding praying for fast pace to flatter his rally, but recent track profile favors speed 12-1
4 Brujo de Olleros R. Mettee A. Garcia Uruguayan star needed one year to acclimate North America, improving sort rounding up to career best 5-1
5 Fed Biz B. Baffert M. Garcia His best races have been on Polytrack at Del Mar, though won soft G2 for 4yos earlier on SA dirt   12-1
6 Broadway Empire R. Diodoro R. Walcott Well-managed gelding 4 for 6 lesser tracks, each start better than one before, longshot potential 15-1
7 Alpha K. McLaughlin J. Bravo Seems odd two-time G1 winner (Woodward, Travers) ranked this far down, moves up on wet track 12-1
8 Holy Lute J. Cassidy M. Smith Lightly raced minor stakes winner has bright future, will be racing on "fast" for first time in brief career 20-1
9 Centralintelligence R. Ellis V. Espinoza Difficult to like off disappointing sprint comeback, unproven two turns, G1 sprint winner on synthetic 30-1
10 Verrazano T. Pletcher J. Velazquez Top colt when fires, won 6 of 8, does not always show up on big-race days such as Travers/Kentucky Derby 4-1
11 Pants on Fire K. Breen P. Lopez Millionaire veteran has won two turns, though seems prefer one-turn miles, recently popped 107 Beyer 10-1
12 Goldencents D. O'Neill R. Bejarano Runner-up three straight graded sprints as favorite, stretching out again on track where he won SA Derby 4-1
AE Easter Gift C. Brown J. Rosario Also-eligible is minor stakes winner w/speed figures that suggest he belongs, seems like G3 caliber 20-1

Odds and comments by Brad Free