November 4th, 2017 − Del Mar

Breeders' Cup 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 Mile, $2 million, one mile turf, 3-year-olds and up

1 Midnight Storm Phil D'Amato Third in this last year, and I'm glad he chose this instead of the Dirt Mile as he is at his best on the turf 10-1
2 Heart to Heart Brian Lynch Admirable veteran always gives a game account; fact is, however, he has never beaten this kind of horse 12-1
3 Mr. Roary George Papaprodromou Pulled off a big upset to win the Eddie D. on the downhill course; a win here would be a bigger shock 30-1
4 Lancaster Bomber Aidan O'Brien Second to World Approval in the WO Mile, though really was no match. Both North American starts good 15-1
5 World Approval Mark Casse In career form with two straight Grade 1 scores and is the best U.S. hope here by a considerable margin 7-2
6 Zelzal Jean-Claude Rouget Appears to have gone the wrong way this year after a fine 3yo season in 2016; has good class lines, though 15-1
7 Om Dan Hendricks Always tries, always picks up a check, but his ceiling is well established and hasn't won in almost two years 30-1
8 Suedois David O'Meara One of the few Euro shippers to win here this year, but faces better than he beat in the Shadwell Mile 12-1
9 Home of The Brave Hugo Palmer Comes off four straight solid efforts in England, trouble is, one mile doesn't look like what he really wants 20-1
10 Ribchester Richard Fahey He's an obvious win candidate off his sharp Euro PPs, but was a little shaky in his last; is he over the top? 5-2
11 Ballagh Rocks Bill Mott Third behind Suedois and Heart to Heart in the Shadwell Mile, and that looks like his current ceiling 20-1
12 Roly Poly Aidan O'Brien Three-year-old filly's overall form is excellent; last out she beat the filly who came back to beat Ribchester 8-1
13 Blackjackcat Mark Glatt Razor-sharp Californian has bullt a four-race win streak, but at the expense of much lesser opposition 20-1
14 Karar Francis-Henri Graffard He's like the French version of Home of The Brave - sports a string of solid efforts, distance is a question 20-1

Odds and comments by Mike Watchmaker