10/31/2011 3:35PM

Breeders' Cup: A. U. Miner to break from outside in Marathon

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A. U. Miner will break from the outside post in the Breeders' Cup Marathon.

A. U. Miner, the fourth-place finisher in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon, will break from the outside post under jockey Calvin Borel in a field of 11 as the 3-1 favorite in this year’s edition of the $500,000 race.

A. U. Miner was beaten 5 1/2 lengths in last year’s 1 3/4-mile Marathon. Like last year, A. U. Miner is coming into the race after earlier finishing first in the 1 1/2-mile Greenwood Cup, but unlike last year, A. U. Miner was disqualified from first after testing positive for a corticosteroid. His trainer, Clark Hanna, has appealed the finding.

Birdrun, winner of the 1 1/2-mile Brooklyn Handicap earlier this year, was made the 7-2 second choice and will break from post 1 under John Velazquez. Giant Oak, winless in six starts since taking the Feb. 9 Donn Handicap, was made the 9-2 third choice and will break from post 5.

Eldaafer, last year’s Marathon winner at 10.60-1, was made 10-1 on the morning line and will break from post 10 under Javier Castellano.

From the rail out, the field is Birdrun, Baryshnikov (12-1, Mike Smith), Meeznah (12-1, Thomas Queally), Pleasant Prince (12-1, Joel Rosario), Giant Oak, Brigantin (8-1, Julien Leparoux), Harrison’s Cave (30-1, Ryan Moore), Afleet Again (30-1, Cornelio Velasquez), Cease (6-1, Garrett Gomez), Eldaafer, and A. U. Miner.

Marathon, Post Time: 1:20 ET Saturday

Purse: $500,000; 1 3/4 mile; gr. III

Post

Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Birdrun

Bill Mott

John Velazquez

7-2

1

Baryshnikov

Michael Maker

Mike Smith

12-1

1

Meeznah

David Lanigan

Tom Queally

12-1

1

Pleasant Prince

Wesley Ward

Joel Rosario

12-1

1

Giant Oak

Chris Block

Shawn Bridgemohan

9-2

1

Brigantin

Andre Fabre

Julien Leparoux

8-1

1

Harrison's Cave

Aidan O'Brien

Ryan Moore

30-1

1

Afleet Again

Robert Reid

Cornelio Velasquez

30-1

1

Cease

Al Stall, Jr.

Garrett Gomez

6-1

1

Eldaafer

Diane Alvarado

Javier Castellano

10-1

1

A.U. Miner

Clark Hanna

Calvin Borel

3-1