Breeders Cup Dirt Mile

The Breeders Cup Dirt Mile is a one mile (8f) for thoroughbred horses three years old and up, this race is part of the Breeders’ Cup World Championship, its run on the dirt or in the case of Woodbine they ran on a synthetic surface.  The race offers a $1,0000,00 purse.

The race was run for the first time in Monmouth Park in 2007 as a grade 2 during the first day of the Breeders Cup card, two years later became a grade 1 event.  Various tracks configuration requires minor changes, in the 2007 running they went 1 mile 70 yards and in 2015 the Breeders’ Cup held at Keeneland Race Course, which does not regularly hold one mile dirt races, in order to get the right distance, the starting gate was set 70 yards in front of the one-mile pole.

Last years winner was Life is Good who scored a decisive front running 5 ¾ length victory and winning his first G1 event.  Life is Good was saddled by Todd Pletcher but earlier in the year, he was in the Bob Baffert barn and was the favorite to win the Kentucky Derby until chips in his ankle sidelined him and he eventually ended up in New York with Pletcher.

Horses can qualify for the event either through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “win and Your in” or through a selection process. If there are more than 14 nominees (oversubscribed), the BC Challenge Series winners will get spots and the next seven are determined by points based on the following formula. Win, place and show horses in Grade I stakes earn ten, six and four points, respectively. The top three finishers in Grade II stakes earn six, four and two points respectively, and in Grade III races the points earned are four, two and one, respectively. 

RACE QUALITYWINPLACESHOW
Grade 11064
Grade 2642
Grade 3421

The horses remaining after the BC Challenge winners and and 7 entries based on points will be ranked in order of preference by the Panel. The Panel will be free to establish its own criteria or ranking, so that high-quality horses of demonstrated ability will have the opportunity to participate in Championship Races regardless of earlier participation in graded events.  

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders’ Cup developed the Breeders’ Cup Challenge  a series of races that allow the winning horse to get an automatic berth into the 14 divisions that exist. These automatic berths are known as Win and You’re In

In the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile division, the numbers of runners are limited to 12 horses. The current 2022 Win and You’re In races are:

DATERACE NAMEGRADEDTRACKDISTANCEWINNERVIDEO
27-AugPat O’Brien Stakes2Del Mar7 furlongsLaurel RiverBreeders Cup Challenge Series Videos
1- OctAck Ack H.3Churchill Downs1 mile

Records

Most wins:

2 – Goldencents (2013, 2014)

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:
2 – Jerry Hollendorfer (2010, 2017)
2 – Todd Pletcher (2015,2021)

2 – Rafael Bejarano (2013, 2014)
2 – Javier Castellano (2015, 2018)
2 – Irad Ortiz Jr. (2019, 2021)
2 – Joel Rosario (2010, 2020)

Most wins by an owner:

2 – W. C. Racing (2013, 2014)

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Past Winners

YEARWINNERAGEJOCKEYTRAINEROWNER
2021Life Is Good3Irad Ortiz Jr.Todd PletcherWinStar Farm & China Horse Club
2020Knicks Go4Joel RosarioBrad H. CoxKorea Racing Authority
2019Spun to Run3Irad Ortiz Jr.Juan Carlos GuerreroRobert P. Donaldson
2018City of Light4Javier CastellanoMichael W. McCarthyWilliam K. & Suzanne Warren Jr.
2017Battle Of Midway3Flavien PratJerry HollendorferDon Alberto Stable / WinStar Farm LLC
2016Tamarkuz6Mike SmithKiaran McLaughlinShadwell Stable
2015Liam’s Map4Javier CastellanoTodd PletcherTeresa Viola Racing Stables
2014Goldencents4Rafael BejaranoLeandro MoraW. C. Racing (Glenn Sorgenstein, managing partner)
2013Goldencents3Rafael BejaranoDoug O’NeillW. C. Racing (Glenn Sorgenstein, managing partner)
2012Tapizar4Corey NakataniSteven M. AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds
2011Caleb’s Posse3Rajiv MaraghDonnie K. Von HemelMcNeil Stables/Cheyenne Stables
2010Dakota Phone5Joel RosarioJerry HollendorferTodaro / Halo Farms / Carver / Hollendorfer
2009Furthest Land4Julien LeparouxMichael J. MakerKen & Sarah Ramsey
2008Albertus Maximus4Garrett GomezVladimir CerinBrandon & Marianne Chase
2007Corinthian4Kent DesormeauxJames A. JerkensCentennial Farms (Don Little, managing partner)

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