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

Mile, Purse: $2 million, 1 mile, turf

- Toronado Richard Hannon Takes over the favorite's role in the absence of Wise Dan, and he's worthy; has strong European form 5-2
- Anodin Freddie Head Tough trip on Arc Day and has been close to some good ones, but his actual victories are infrequent 9-2
- Seek Again Bill Mott Had a weird trip in the Shadwell, and was days the best winning two back; seems the best U.S. hope 6-1
- Karakontie Jonathan Pease Had a worse trip in the same race Anodin comes out of; French 2000 Guineas winner is dangerous 8-1
- Obviously Philip D'Amato His speed makes him a threat, but even when he was at his best, he never beat a field this strong 15-1
- Tom's Tribute James Cassidy Emerged as arguably SoCal's best turf miler, but his designed layoff into this is cause for some pause 15-1
- Trade Storm David Simcock Old pro is meeting much tougher than he beat at Woodbine; a decided notch or two below Toronado 15-1
- Veda Alain de Royer-Dupre Seems a notch below the Europeans listed above, but that doesn't mean she can't get a piece of this 15-1
- Dayatthespa Chad Brown The F&M Turf is her first preference even though she's better at this distance; in tough either way 20-1
- Fiesolana Willie McCreary Did win a Group 1 in Ireland two starts back, though it wasn't strong; F&M Turf is first preference 20-1
- Grand Arch Brian Lynch Outside of the Woodbine Mile, he's been sharp in all of his outings this year; up against it here 20-1
- Kaigun Mark Casse Has three particularly nice seconds this year; as for victories, though, he has never won at this level 20-1
- Mustajeeb Dermot Weld Sharp in his return from a summer vacation most recently and is a European price horse with a shot 20-1
- Summer Front Christophe Clement A nice, hard tryer who usually shows up; he's just not as good as the best and mid-range horses here 20-1
- Also Eligible (In Order Of Preference):      
- Sayaad Kiaran McLaughlin Improved of late, but still as quite a ways to go before he catches up to the best 30-1
- Tourist Bill Mott Fast second quarter was his undoing in the Secretariat; in line for a big 2015 30-1
- Silentio Gary Mandella Was a good third in this race last year, but off since August; Turf Sprint is his first choice 20-1
- Big Bane Theory Carla Gaines Won the local prep for this, but did not beat a strong field; has his work cut out for him 20-1
- Bobby's Kitten Chad Brown Gave it a nice try in the Woodbine Mile; better suited to Turf Sprint, his first choice 30-1
- Kiyoshi Charles Hills Was Group 1 class last year at 2, but hasn't been as effective so far this year 30-1
- Better Lucky Tom Albertrani She's had a fine career and this is her best surface; she's just not good enough 30-1
- Rock Me Baby Craig Dollase If you filter out his non-turf races, his form is decent; Turf Sprint his first preference 30-1
- Kingsbarns Aidan O'Brien Back on short rest here, he seems past his better spring and summer form 30-1
- Mr. Commons John Shirreffs Prefers finishing second, which he did in his last two; in too deep, anyway 30-1
- Handsome Mike Leandro Mora He's 5, and it's still hard to pinpoint what he does the best; Dirt Mile is his first choice 50-1

Comments and Odds by Mike Watchmaker