November 1st, 2014 − Santa Anita

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

- Toronado, 3, c Richard Hannon Jr. Prix du Moulin (G1), 2nd (9/14) Skipped soggy QEII at Ascot for the fast-playing SA turf. Deserving favorite -
- Seek Again, 4, c Bill Mott shadwell Turf Mile (G1), 6th (10/4) Shadwell trip cost him any chance. Trouble in last two. Still major threat. -
- Anodin, 4, c Freddie Head Prix de la Foret (G1), 5th (10/5) Had meaningful stretch trouble in Foret. Can rebound & has faced strong foes -
- Karakontie, 3, c Jonathan Pease Prix de la Foret (G1), 11th (10/5) Foret flop last out but won G1 French 2000 Guineas in May -
- Veda, 3, f Alain de Royer-Dupre Prix Daniel Wildenstein (G2, 2nd, (10/4) French 1000 Guineas 2nd could like fast SA course; also possible for F & M Turf -
- Trade Storm, 6, h David Simcock Woodbine Mile (G1), 1st (9/14) Likes it firm & has big turn of foot but never won a race of this consequence -
- Obviously, 6, g Philip D'Amato Del Mar Mile (G2), 4th (8/24) Poor start didn't help in shock defeat last out. Yet to beat elite milers -
- Tom's Tribute, 4, c James Cassidy Del Mar Mile (G2), 1st (8/24) Right place right time taking two straight in SoCal. Question actual quality -
- Silentio, 5, h Gary Mandella Pat O'Brien (G2), 3rd, (8/24) Turf Sprint will be his first preference but likely cross-entered here -
- Summer Front, 5, h Chrisophe Clement Eddie Read (G1), 2nd, (7/30) Nice horse but 20 starts & still seeking first G1 win -
- Fiesolana Willie McCreery Prix de la Foret (G1), 7th (10/5) Mare has improved this year but would still need career-best -
- Grand Arch, 5, g Brian Lynch Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), 2nd (10/4) Profile still trending up but he still needs a step forward to contend here -
- Kaigun, 4, g Mark Casse Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), 4th (10/4) Shadwell right in line w/ other '14 starts: Good, but not good enough to win this -
- Sayaad, 4, c Kiaran McLaughlin Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), 3rd (10/4) So far his best races have come with give in ground, unlikely at SA -
- Big Bane Theory, 5, h Carla Gaines City of Hope Mile (G2), 1st (10/4) Late-maturer in career-best form but still needs to improve -

Comments by Marcus Hersh