Breeders Cup: A look at the Dirt Mile
By The Rex Factor
The most trying race configuration on the Keeneland oval is the Dirt Mile. The horses will be running a mile and 70 yards (the 70 yards gives horses “ample” time to get to the first turn) on the mile-long track. This race figures to again favor horses starting to the inside; those from about post 7 out will be compromised in the 11-horse field. Either they’ll have to gun it to get position, or settle back and save ground.
Unlike many other races on this card or Saturday’s however, most folks see the same horses as the chief threats to win.
Odds-on favorite Liam’s Map (3) should beat these like a drum considering he was probably going to be in the top half of betting choices in the Classic on Saturday. He decided to tackle this decidedly weaker field. His speed will be tough to catch. Lea (5) is one horse who could threaten if at his best, but he’s not been close to the same horse he was when he popped that 114 Beyer figure in the Donn Handicap 21 months ago.
Trainer Steve Asmussen is excited about Tapiture (9) and could be used in exotics as well. Red Vine (1) is an interesting horse at generous odds, as well. Valid (10) is one to consider underneath in exotics.
Read our latest article, a Preview of the Breeders’ Cup.
What to know: Race 7 on the card; it’s the second of the four Friday Breeders’ Cup races at Keeneland
Post time: 4:10 p.m. EDT
Purse: $1 million
Distance: 1 mile
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