Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Draws Deep Field
By Margaret Ransom
This year’s Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) marks the 11th running of the $1 million main track event. And while it doesn’t carry the star-making power — or rich $6 million purse — of its chief rival, the 1 ¼-mile Classic, that’s not to say the Dirt Mile has suffered from not being able to draw some exceptional racehorses in its time.
The well-bred Corinthian won the first Dirt Mile at Monmouth Park in 2007 and, since then, some of the most recognizable names to have worn the blanket of purple and gold include two-time winner Goldencents, Liam’s Map, Tapizar and Tamarkuz a year ago.
This year, ten will head to the gate to race once around Del Mar’s main track, including two from leading trainer Bob Baffert’s barn, both attempting to provide their Hall of Fame conditioner with a first winner in this race, and another who is perhaps best known as the runner to have dethroned racing’s reigning king, Arrogate, at Del Mar back over the summer.
Baffert’s Grade 1-winning duo of Cupid and Mor Spirit represent the… (more)