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

1 Iron Fist Steve Asmussen Veteran 5yo sired by Tapit enjoying best season of his career, pace-presser has longshot look from slightly off pace 12-1
2 Giant Expectations Pete Eurton Earned spot Dirt Mile via WAYI victory Del Mar sprint, best race was around one turn, his two-turn form is modest 20-1
3 Sharp Azteca Jorge Navarro Potential pacesetter, Del Mar main track kind to early-pace types at one mile during summer meet, threat up front 4-1
4 Gato Del Oro Richard Baltas Tall order for lightly raced colt, no match twice for Battle of Midway, upside for 'Gato' is he has run well at Del Mar 30-1
5 Awesome Slew Mark Casse Late-runner in solid form, yet although won G3 route last season at age 3 perhaps more effective one-turn closer 8-1
6 Mor Spirit Bob Baffert Smashing winner Met Mile arguably "best + fastest" in field, current form uncertain, unraced in nearly five months 3-1
7 Cupid Bob Baffert Returned to earth following smashing May comeback, both recent starts ordinary, has won over Del Mar racetrack 10-1
8 Accelerate John Sadler Multiple stakes winner at Del Mar, versatile style, improved with blinkers and improved since third this race 2016 7-2
9 Battle of Midway Jerry Hollendorfer Kentucky Derby third enters off better-than-looked second roughly run G3 RP, lone start Del Mar was career best 8-1
10 Practical Joke Chad Brown He is 5 for 5 one turn, 0 for 5 two turns, laughing to the bank, earned $1.6 million, four times in money at two turns 8-1

Odds and comments by Brad Free