The Breeders' Cup Mile

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Breeders' Cup Mile

Breeders’ Cup Mile

The 2018 Breeders’ Cup Mile will be held at Churchill Downs on Saturday, November 3rd.

 

Breeders’ Cup Mile Winners

The world’s best grass milers compete in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile. The turf race is for three-year-olds and up, and Goldikova has won the race a record three times (2008, 2009, 2010). The Breeders’ Cup Mile boasts more multiple winners than any other Breeders’ Cup race. Five horses (Miesque, Lure, Da Hoss, Goldikova, and Wise Dan) have won multiple renewals of the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

The 1984 winner of the first Breeders’ Cup Mile was Royal Heroine. He started as the race favorite at 8-5 odds. In the 33 runnings of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, 11 post time favorites have won the race, and the most recent was also the heaviest bet favorite when Wise Dan (4-5) rallied in the deep stretch to overtake a pair of long shots and win the 2013 edition for his second consecutive Breeders’ Cup Mile win. Wise Dan won a sensational 23 of 32 lifetime races and more than $7.5 million in career earnings.

The Breeders’ Cup Mile record time is 1:31.71 set by Tourist in 2016 at Santa Anita. Joel Rosario was the jockey for trainer Bill Mott.

The 2017 edition saw Europe’s best miler Ribchester face Irish Champion Churchill. Two other top challengers were expected to be Woodbine Mile winner World Approval, and another Irish Champion Decorated Knight.

As you handicap the contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, note that a contender’s final prep race is a key indicator of how well a horse will run in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. Since the year 2003:

  • Four Breeders’ Cup Mile winners also won their final prep race.
  • Four Breeders’ Cup Mile champions finished in 2nd-place in their final prep race.
  • Three Breeders’ Cup Mile victors finished in 3rd-place in their final prep race including 2016 winner Tourist.
  • Miesque’s Approval, Court Vision and Karakontie (JPN) were the only Mile winners who did not finish in first, second, and third in their final prep race (the median win odds for the three of them was 14/1).

These stats should provide you with a helpful blueprint for horses to consider for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Mile Championship. A first, second, or third place effort in your final Breeders’ Cup prep race has led to 77% of the winners of the Breeders’ Cup Mile (since 2003).

BREEDERS’ CUP MILE WINNERS & RECORDS

Year/Track
Winner/ Jockey/ Time/
Date/Distance Owner Trainer Odds
2016 - SA  Tourist  J. Rosario 01:31.7
Nov 05 - 1M WinStar Farm LLC, Wachtel Stable and Barber, Gary W. Mott $12.40
2015 - KEE Tepin  J. Leparoux 01:36.7
Oct 31 - 1M Robert E. Masterson M. Casse $4.90
2014 - SA  Karakontie (JPN)  S. Pasquier 01:32.9
Nov 01 - 1M Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. J. Pease $30.00
2013 - SA  Wise Dan  J. Lezcano 01:32.5
Nov 02 - 1M Morton Fink C. Lopresti $0.80*
2012 - SA  Wise Dan  J. Velazquez 01:31.8
Nov 03 - 1M Morton Fink C. Lopresti $1.80*
2011 - CD  Court Vision  R. Albarado 01:37.0
Nov 05 - 1M Spendthrift Farm LLC D. Romans $64.80
2010 - CD  Goldikova (IRE)  O. Peslier 01:35.2
Nov 06 - 1M Wertheimer and Frere F. Head $1.30*
2009 - OSA Goldikova (IRE)  O. Peslier 01:32.3
Nov 07 - 1M Wertheimer and Frere F. Head $1.40*
2008 - OSA Goldikova (IRE)  O. Peslier 01:33.4
Oct 25 - 1M Wertheimer and Frere F. Head $1.80*
2007 - MTH Kip Deville  C. Velasquez 01:39.8
Oct 27 - 1M IEAH Stables, Cohen, Andrew and John A., Cobb, Steve and Robertson, Doug R. Dutrow, Jr. $8.20
2006 - CD  Miesque's Approval  E. Castro 01:34.8
Nov 04 - 1M Live Oak Plantation M. Wolfson $24.30
2005 - BEL Artie Schiller  G. Gomez 01:36.1
Oct 29 - 1M Timber Bay Farm and Walsh, Mrs. Thomas J. J. Jerkens $5.60
2004 - LS  Singletary  D. Flores 01:36.9
Oct 30 - 1M Little Red Feather Racing D. Chatlos, Jr. $16.50
2003 - SA  Six Perfections (FR)  J. Bailey 01:33.9
Oct 25 - 1M Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. P. Bary $5.30
2002 - AP  Domedriver (IRE)  T. Thulliez 01:36.9
Oct 26 - 1M Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. P. Bary $26.00
2001 - BEL Val Royal (FR)  J. Valdivia, Jr. 01:32.0
Oct 27 - 1M David S. Milch J. Canani $5.10
2000 - CD  War Chant  G. Stevens 01:34.7
Nov 04 - 1M Cowan, Marge and Irving M. N. Drysdale $3.50*
1999 - GP  Silic (FR)  C. Nakatani 01:34.3
Nov 06 - 1M Lanni, J. Terrence, Poslosky, Ken, Schiappa, Bernard C., et al J. Canani $7.20
1998 - CD  Da Hoss  J. Velazquez 01:35.3
Nov 07 - 1M Prestonwood Farm and Wallstreet Racing Stables M. Dickinson $11.60
1997 - HOL Spinning World  C. Asmussen 01:32.8
Nov 08 - 1M Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. J. Pease $2.10*
1996 - WO  Da Hoss  G. Stevens 01:35.8
Oct 26 - 1M Prestonwood Farm and Wallstreet Racing Stables M. Dickinson $8.45
1995 - BEL Ridgewood Pearl (GB)  J. Murtagh 01:43.7
Oct 28 - 1M Anne Coughlan J. Oxx $2.55*
1994 - CD  Barathea (IRE)  L. Dettori 01:34.5
Nov 05 - 1M Al Maktoum, Mohammed and Leigh, Gerald W. L. Cumani $10.40
1993 - SA  Lure  M. Smith 01:33.6
Nov 06 - 1M Claiborne Farm C. McGaughey III $1.30*
1992 - GP  Lure  M. Smith 01:32.9
Oct 31 - 1M Claiborne Farm C. McGaughey III $5.40
1991 - CD  Opening Verse  P. Valenzuela 01:37.6
Nov 02 - 1M Allen E. Paulson R. Lundy $26.70
1990 - BEL Royal Academy  L. Piggott 01:35.2
Oct 27 - 1M Classic Ire Stable M. O'Brien $2.80*
1989 - GP  Steinlen (GB)  J. Santos 01:37.2
Nov 04 - 1M Wildenstein Stable D. Lukas $1.80
1988 - CD  Miesque  F. Head 01:38.6
Nov 05 - 1M Flaxman Holdings, Ltd. F. Boutin $2.00
1987 - HOL Miesque  F. Head 01:32.8
Nov 21 - 1M Stavros Niarchos F. Boutin $3.60
1986 - SA  Last Tycoon (IRE)  Y. Saint-Martin 01:35.2
Nov 01 - 1M Richard C. Strauss R. Collet $35.90
1985 - AQU Cozzene  W. Guerra 01:35.0
Nov 02 - 1M John A. Nerud J. Nerud $3.60
1984 - HOL Royal Heroine (IRE)  F. Toro 01:32.6
Nov 10 - 1M Robert E. Sangster J. Gosden $1.70*
       
* Wagering favorite    

 

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