October 30th, 2015 − 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

1 Red Vine Joel Rosario Christophe Clement Career turned around when moved to dirt, pace-dependent late-runner needs help up front, unsure if will get it 6-1
2 Bradester Corey Lanerie Eddie Kenneally No match for Valid last out, high MTH figures not always reproduced outside New Jersey, does add pace 12-1
3 Liam's Map Javier Castellano Todd Pletcher Speed-figure standout would have been contender BC Classic, pace scenario Dirt Mile has softened with defections 1-1
4 Mr. Z Joe Bravo D. Wayne Lukas Unlikely, but front-runner drawn directly outside Liam’s Map, could create problem for favorite, Lukas at a price 20-1
5 Lea Jose Lezcano Bill Mott Multi-surface specialist, G1 winner, worked exceptionally well over KEE track, will get jump on deep closers 5-1
6 Street Strategy Robbie Albarado Randy Morse Tempting longshot based on decent figures vs. allowance foes, unplaced both graded stakes, possibly outclassed 20-1
7 War Envoy Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Beaten favorite 2014 BC Juvenile Turf, never raced on dirt, would be a surprise 30-1
8 Wicked Strong John Velazquez Jimmy Jerkens Though winless since July 2014, has been running well against top company, will rally from back of pack 8-1
9 Tapiture Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen Hard-fought G3 victory last out was first win of year, millionaire Tapit ran faster last season 15-1
10 Valid Nik Jaurez Marcus Vitali G3-caliber gelding, up-front style adds pressure but does not require lead, could tuck into cozy trip  12-1
11 War Story Deshawn Parker Jeffrey Radosevich G2-placed gelding appears notch or two below, will be picking them up late 30-1

Odds and comments by Brad Free



Kelso Handicap

    Dirt Mile Best Dirt Mile finisher Dirt Mile
Year Winner Finish (Kelso finish) finish
2010-CD Tizway 3-4 1/2 Cool Coal Man (2nd) 4-4 1/4
2011-CD Uncle Mo DNR* Jersey Town (3rd) 6-11 1/2
2012-SA Jersey Town 5-5 Tapizar (6th) 1-2 1/4
2013-SA Graydar DNR  Brujo de Olleros 3-6 1/4
2014-SA Vyjack DNR Golden Ticket (6th) 8-16 3/4
*-10th in Classic        
The Kelso was scheduled for the turf through 2009