2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Cody's Wish did it again

Tears of joy fell like rain all across the grounds at Santa Anita on Saturday, when Cody’s Wish – famed far beyond the racetrack for his bond with teenager Cody Dorman – battled to a second successive victory in the G1 2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile on his final appearance.

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Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile

G1, $1m, 1m dirt, 3yo+

Wish fulfilment

The perfect start to a perfect day. The fairytale had the final chapter everyone wanted when Cody’s Wish won the Dirt Mile for the second year running, fighting like a tiger to beat National Treasure and Skippylongstocking and say the sweetest farewell on his final start before being retired.

National Treasure went out fast and Cody’s Wish, the 3-5 chalk, was given his usual patient ride by Junior Alvarado, moving up steadily from halfway and hooking up with National Treasure at the eighth-pole. And then the fight began.

National Treasure on the rail, Cody’s Wish on his outside, not an ounce of quit between them. Deep, deep inside the last sixteenth Cody’s Wish put his nose in front and stayed there to the wire. A nose is enough.

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Skippylongstocking was three lengths back in third. Cody’s Wish and National Treasure bumped in the last few jumps and the stewards took a look, but no harm, no foul. No-one wanted to ruin the fairytale.

Cody’s Wish has won 11 of his 16 races for trainer Bill Mott, more than $3m in purses, five G1s. He has been more than a horse, he has grown to become America’s Horse and done so much for so many people. Thank you, Cody’s Wish.

2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile race payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Cody’s Wish3.602.602.10
2. National Treasure 4.203.20
3. Skippylongstocking  4.00

Winning time: 1m 35.97s

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