10/28/2013 5:31PM

Breeders' Cup Turf: Little Mike draws post 4 for repeat bid

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Barbara D. Livingston
Little Mike, last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner, drew post 4 for Saturday's renewal.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Little Mike and Point of Entry, the first two finishers in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Turf, drew post positions toward the middle of the gate Monday for Saturday’s $3 million BC Turf at Santa Anita.

Little Mike will break from post 4, while Point of Entry starts from post 8 in a field of 12. In 2012, Point of Entry broke from the rail, while Little Mike broke from post 7.

The BC Turf is run over 1 1/2 miles, starting at the midway point on Santa Anita’s unique hillside turf course. With a long, sweeping turn before the field joins the main turf course, post positions do not have as much significance as they would in a shorter race, such as the BC Mile on turf.

Little Mike’s post will allow jockey Mike Smith to place him close to the front in the first few furlongs of the race. Trained by Dale Romans, Little Mike closed from third of 12 to win the 2012 BC Turf by a half-length over Point of Entry, who closed from ninth.
Several other leading contenders drew posts in the outside half of the gate.

The Fugue, a 4-year-old filly from England, starts from post 7. She is the only female in the field. Indy Point, a stakes winner at Santa Anita in September, starts from post 9.

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Big Blue Kitten, a two-time Grade 1 winner in the summer, breaks from post 10, while Real Solution, who was promoted from second to first in the Arlington Million in August, breaks from the outside. Big Blue Kitten and Real Solution are owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trained by Chad Brown.

Breeders’ Cup Turf

$3 million, 1 1/2 miles, turf, Grade 1

1. Vagabond Shoes (Ire) (J. Espinoza), 15-1

2. Teaks North (M. Garcia), 30-1

3. Twilight Eclipse (J. Leparoux), 20-1

4. Little Mike (M. Smith), 6-1

5. Skyring (L. Saez), 30-1

6. Tale of a Champion (J. Talamo), 30-1

7. The Fugue (GB) (W. Buick), 3-1

8. Point of Entry (J. Velazquez), 4-1

9. Indy Point (G. Stevens), 9-2

10. Big Blue Kitten (J. Bravo), 6-1

11. Magician (Ire) (R. Moore), 8-1

12. Real Solution (J. Castellano), 8-1

Post time: Saturday, 6:22 p.m. Eastern