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2021 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

The 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile will be held at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on Saturday, November 6th.

Information and winners of the “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series races for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile:

DATERACECOUNTRYWINNER
6/5/21Metropolitan HandicapUSASilver State
8/28/21Pat O'Brien StakesUSAGinobili

2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Results and Payouts

Below are the final results and payouts for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile:

POSTHORSEJOCKEYWIN / PLACE / SHOW
5Knicks GoJoel Rosario$5.60 / $5.00 / $3.80
11Jesus’ TeamLuis Saez$33.60 / $11.80
2Sharp SamuraiIrad Ortiz Jr.$4.60
10ComplexityJose Ortiz
12OwendaleFlorent Geroux
9Mr FreezeManuel Franco
7RushieJavier Castellano
1Art CollectorBrian Hernandez Jr.
4War of WillTyler Gaffalione
3Silver DustAdam Beschizza
6Mr. MoneyGabriel Saez
8Pirate’s PunchJorge Vargas Jr.

Exotic Payouts:

  • $1.00 Exacta (5-11) Paid: $109.80
  • $0.50 Trifecta (5-11-2) Paid: $616.15
  • $0.10 Superfecta (5-11-2-10) Paid: $729.80

The BC Dirt Mile History

The Dirt Mile started in 2007 with the addition of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series offering more races during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Goldencents is the only two-time winner of the Dirt Mile (2013, 2014). The 1-mile race record was set by Albertus Maximus in 2008 in a time of 1:33.41.

In the 10 runnings of the Dirt Mile, the post-time race favorite has won just two times, and both at less than 4-5 odds: Goldencents in 2014 at Santa Anita and Liam’s Map in 2015 at Keeneland. The longest shot to win the race is Dakota Phone in 2010 when he pulled of the upset at 37-1 odds at Churchill Downs.

In a race with very fast fractions, Dakota Phone closed from the very back of the pack in a field of 12 and caught the leader in the deep stretch to win by a head for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with top jockey Joel Rosario aboard.   

Goldencents, ridden by Rafael Bajarano, won both his Dirt Miles wire-to-wire by more than a length for trainer Leandro Mora and Doug O’Neal. Goldencents retired following his 2014 victory, winning a total of 7 races and 7 runner-up finishes in 18 career starts with earnings of more than $3 million. 

The 2016 winner was impressive as Tamarkuz settled off the pace and jockey Mike Smith made a bold move along the far turn. As they turned for home, Tamarkuz caught the favorite Dortmund and the future dominant colt Gun Runner, passing them with a furlong to run and drawing clear to finish 3 1/2 lengths in front of Gun Runner. 

Tamarkuz was retired after the race to stand at Shadwell Stud near Lexington, KY. He finished his racing career with 8 wins in 20 starts, and the Breeders’ Cup 1st place prize of $920,000 doubled his career earnings to $1.84 million. 

Tamarkuz owns the biggest upset in Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile history with his incredible victory in 2016. While his 11/1 odds aren’t considered all that cavernous, he bested 6/5 favorite Dortmund, 3/1 second choice Runhappy and 9/2 third choice Gun Runner. At six-years-old, Tamarkuz was also the oldest horse to ever win the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, He retired following his 2016 win to Shadwell Stud.

The Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile has just two prep races which offer automatic berths. These are the Metropolitan Handicap, which is also known as “The Met Mile”, and the Pat O’Brien Stakes. Goldencents won both the 2014 Pat O’Brien and the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. No horse that has won the Met Mile has scored in the Dirt Mile.


Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Historical Records:

Corinthian was the first winner of the race in 2007 and also ran the slowest recorded time ever, with a one-mile pace of 1:39.06. Albertus Maximus set the speed record at Santa Anita with a time of 1:33.41.

Goldencents is the most prolific winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, and is also the only horse to have won the event twice. After finishing 17th in the 2013 Kentucky Derby and 5th in the Preakness Stakes, he would go on to win the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile as a 4/1 shot. He would repeat the feat the following season in 2014 before retiring.

Jockey Rafael Bjearano was aboard Goldencents for his two victories and shares the record for the winningest jockey with Javier Castellano, who claimed victories in 2015 and 2018.. W.C. Racing, who owned Goldencents, is also the owner with the most victories. Incidentally, Goldencents was trained by two different hands for his victories. He was first saddled by Doug O’Neill before changing hands to trainer Leondro Mora. Jerry Hollendorfer is the only trainer to visit the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner’s circle twice.

YEARHORSE (AGE)JOCKEY / TRAINERTIME / VENUE
2020Knicks Go (4)Joel Rosario / Brad H. Cox1:33.85 / Keeneland
2019Spun to Run (3)Irad Ortiz Jr. / Juan Carlos Guerrero1:36.58 / Santa Anita Park
2018City of Light (4)Javier Castellano / Michael W. McCarthy1:33.83 / Churchill Downs
2017Battle Of Midway (3)Flavien Prat / Jerry Hollendorfer1:35.20 / Del Mar Racetrack
2016Tamarkuz (6)Mike Smith / Kiaran McLaughlin1:35.72 / Santa Anita Park
2015Liam's Map (4)Javier Castellano / Todd Pletcher1:34.54 / Keeneland
2014Goldencents (4)Rafael Bejarano / Leandro Mora1:35.19 / Santa Anita Park
2013Goldencents (3)Rafael Bejarano / Doug O'Neill1:35.12 / Santa Anita Park
2012Tapizar (4)Corey Nakatani / Steven M. Asmussen1:35.34 / Santa Anita Park
2011Caleb's Posse (3)Rajiv Maragh / Donnie K. Von Hemel1:34.59 / Churchill Downs
2010Dakota Phone (5)Joel Rosario / Jerry Hollendorfer1:35.29 / Churchill Downs
2009Furthest Land (4)Julien Leparoux / Michael J. Maker1:35.50 / Santa Anita Park
2008Albertus Maximus (4)Garrett Gomez / Vladimir Cerin1:33.41 / Santa Anita Park
2007Corinthian (4)Kent Desormeaux / James A. Jerkens1:39.06 / Monmouth Park

Historical Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Results:

2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Entries & Morning Line Odds

PPHorseTrainerMorning Line OddsJockey
1 Giant ExpectationsPeter A. Eurton12-1Jose Ortiz
2 ImprobableBob Baffert3-1Rafael Bejarano
3 Spun to RunJuan Carlos Guerrero6-1Irad Ortiz, Jr.
4 Mr. MoneyW. Bret Calhoun6-1Gabriel Saez
5 Omaha BeachRichard E. Mandella8-5Mike Smith
6 AmbassadorialJane Chapple-Hyam30-1Jamie Spencer
7 Coal FrontTodd A. Pletcher6-1Javier Castellano
8 Blue ChipperKim Young Kwan20-1Flavien Prat
9 Diamond OopsPatrick L. Biancone15-1Julien Leparoux
10 Snapper SinclairSteven M. Asmussen30-1Ricardo Santana, Jr.

2016 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Results

The 2016 Breeders’ Cup World Championships took place at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California on November 4th to the 5th. It was the 33rd edition of the premier North American horse racing event and featured a number of exciting races and finishes. One of the highlights of the card was the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile presented by the City of Las Vegas (G1).

The 2016 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) featured a field of nine older horses competing in a one-mile race on the main Santa Anita track. Dortmund, who was coming off a second-place finish in the Awesome Again Stakes (G1), was installed as the pre-race favorite at odds of 7-10. His top challengers included Gunner Runner (4-1 odds) and 2015 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Runhappy (7-1 odds).

Runhappy set the pace early with fractions of 22.45 and 45.37. Gun Runner would take the lead after ¾ of the way in and led after 7/8 with fractions of 1:10.00 and 1:22.64, respectively. However, Tamarkuz would circle the field five wide and win by 3 ½ lengths in a time of 1:35.72. Gun Runner would finish second, while Accelerate would come in third.

“I had really a good trip. It set up. There was a lot of pace. Tamarkuz has speed himself and right away they opened 2, 3, 4 (lengths), so I knew they were going fast. After that it was just a matter of getting him into a comfortable rhythm and a happy place. When I called on him, he finished like he’s been finishing for me. I really thought he had a good shot today,” said Tamarkuz jockey Mike Smith.

Tamarkuz paid $25.00, $9.40, and $8.00 across the board. Gun Runner returned $5.20 to place and $4.60 to show. Accelerate paid $16.00 to show.