November 3rd, 2017 − Del Mar

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

Accelerate John Sadler 110-109-86 3-1 Pacific Classic, DMR, 3rd BC Dirt Mile, 11/3 Put up best two Beyer Figures of career this summer at Del Mar, among efforts a win over Arrogate in San Diego
Mor Spirit Bob Baffert 117-107-105 4-1 Met Mile, BEL, 1st BC Dirt Mile, 11/3 Tour-de-force winner of Met Mile owns best Beyer Speed Figure at distances of a mile or less in 2017
Battle of Midway Jerry Hollendorfer 101-81-94 5-1 Shared Belief, DMR, 1st Oklahoma Derby, RP, 9/24 He's made one start at Del Mar, and won the mile Shared Belief by more than six lengths, with a career-high Beyer Figure
Giant Expectations Peter Eurton 101-91-89 6-1 Pat O'Brien, DMR, 1st Santa Anita Sprint, SA, 10/7 The Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs should have him sharp for move to two-turn BC Dirt Mile
Awesome Slew Mark Casse 98-99-99 6-1 Forego, SAR, 2nd Ack Ack, CD, 9/30 Company lines of interest as he's run second to Sharp Azteca, Mind Your Biscuits, and Drefong, and fourth to Mor Spirit
Bird Song Ian Wilkes 92-81-101 12-1 Vanderbilt, SAR, 4th Kelso, BEL, 9/23 Figures to make good use of added ground he picks up in Kelso given graded success at mile, mile and a sixteenth
Practical Joke Chad Brown 97-94-101 12-1 Allen Jerkens, SAR, 1st BC Dirt Mile, 11/3 Sweeping winner of Allen Jerkens expected to train up to BC Dirt Mile; will be first start vs. elders
Sharp Azteca Jorge Navarro 109-106-106 15-1 Monmouth Cup, MTH, 1st Kelso, BEL, 9/23 Set track record for mile and a sixteenth last out in Monmouth Cup, winning in 1:40.19
Tom's Ready Dallas Stewart 97-89-91 20-1 Forego, SAR, 3rd Kelso, BEL, 9/23 Won last year's Ack Ack in first start against older horses; went on to run fifth in BC Dirt Mile
Tommy Macho Todd Pletcher 91-96-101 30-1 Forego, SAR, 7th Kelso, BEL, 9/23 He earned his best Beyer Speed Figure, a 105, when romping in the Hal's Hope at a mile in January at Gulfstream
Additional Contenders            
Breaking Lucky            
Curlin Rules            
Divining Rod            

Odds by Brad Free, comments by Mary Rampellini