November 4th, 2016 − 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

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

3 Dortmund Bob Baffert Massive chestnut welcomes class relief after chasing California Chrome in last three; versatile style, legit favorite 6-5
9 Gun Runner Steve Asmussen Consistent 3-year-old millionaire has been in the money in every start on fast track; appealing upward pattern commands utmost respect 3-1
5 Accelerate John Sadler Improving 3-year-old overcame a wide trip to win third straight in Grade 2 vs. dubious Los Al competition; trifecta longshot 30-1
7 Runhappy Laura Wohlers 2015 BC Sprint winner tries to carry his speed one mile around two turns; needed recent comeback, might improve 4-1
1 Vyjack Phil D'Amato Earned $1 million of $1.3 million total on dirt, yet probably more effective on turf; first preference was BC Mile 10-1
8 Tamarkuz Kiaran McLaughlin East Coast figs say contender, though two turns represents challenge for one-turn/1 1/2-turn specialist 10-1
2 Tom's Ready Dallas Stewart Most effective as one-turn closer, was losing ground at finish in all six starts around two turns; training well 15-1
4 Point Piper Jerry Hollendorfer Deep closer requires pace meltdown; career-best performance was race-shape-aided Grade 3 upset at Emerald Downs 20-1
6 Texas Chrome J.R. Caldwell Honest Texas-bred 3-year-old has won 8 of 13; closing in on million-dollar mark, yet seems in steep 30-1

Odds and comments by Brad Free