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Jockey Flavien Prat celebrates after Battle of Midway wins the Dirt Mile

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Results

Date: 11/03/2017

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The $1 million Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) featured a field of 10 older horses going 1 mile around 2 turns of the main track. Mor Spirit was sent off as the 5-2 favorite off wins in the Essex Handicap, Steve Sexton Mile (G3), and Metropolitan Handicap (G1). In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Sharp Azteca, winner of the Monmouth Cup (G3) and Kelso Handicap (G2), and 4-1 third choice Accelerate, third in the Pacific Classic (G1) after winning the San Diego Handicap (G2).

Battle of Midway rallies on the outside in the stretch run of the Dirt Mile

Jockey Paco Lopez sent Sharp Azteca to lead through fractions of 22.94, 46.95, and 1:11.13 over the fast track while pressed by 68-1 Gato Del Oro and stalked by Mor Spirit. Sharp Azteca continued to lead through 7f in 1:23.02, but 14-1 Battle of Midway, 5th early under Flavien Prat, came out 5 wide for room and rallied to win by 1/2 a length in 1:35.20. It was a long 4 1/4 lengths back to 14-1 Awesome Slew third, while Mor Spirit faded to finish 8th.

Battle of Midway wins the Dirt Mile
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
  9   Battle of Midway   Prat             30.40  11.40  6.60
  3   Sharp Azteca       Lopez                    4.80  4.00
  5   Awesome Slew       Velazquez                      7.00

Winning Time:  1:35.20

$1 Exacta 9-3                         82.10  
$1 Trifecta 9-3-5                    740.60
$1 Superfecta 9-3-5-10             2,858.20
Results chart

Left: Battle of Midway in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said, "He's a horse for the course. He loves Del Mar. He had run a huge number here (when winning the Shared Belief Stakes). We had a lot of confidence in him coming into this race."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Dirt Mile. Hollendorfer added, "I talked to Flavien (Prat) and we agreed there was a lot of speed in the race. At the break he was able to follow John Sadler's horse (Accelerate) and got a good position. This horse has always been a fighter and he showed that today. He showed a lot of courage in winning this race."

Left: Flavien Prat celebrates as Battle of Midway heads out to the track before the race. Prat said, "I let him break and find position and was wide early. I thought there would be more pace. Then down the backside he relaxed well and gave me a really good kick. He was training really well in the morning."

Right: Battle of Midway in mid-pack shortly after the start.

Left: econd place finisher Sharp Azteca heads out to the track before the race. Trainer Jorge Navarro said, "When the four horse (Gato del Oro) went by, it stuck him down on the rail and he had nowhere to go. But, he dug in through the stretch and tried hard. He showed up and I'm really proud."

Right: Third place finisher Awesome Slew returns after the race. Trainer Mark Casse said, "We couldn't be more proud of him. We thought he came into this race wonderful and he ran his eyeballs out so we're happy. The pace was a little slow. I knew down the backside that we were in a little trouble. I thought we were too close, and going too easy. That tells you something."

Left: Eighth place finisher and beaten favorite Mor Spirit heads out to the track before the race. Trainer Bob Baffert said, "I was afraid that with Mor Spirit going in that I couldn't get enough into him. He just got tired. I was disappointed in Cupid (10th). Maybe it was too short for him. He chased a little bit. If they don't show up, they don't show up. I'm happy for Jerry Hollendorfer. I'm a big fan of his, so I'm happy for him."

Right: The horses break from the starting gate for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Jockey Mike Smith aboard Mor Spirit (post 6) said, "I was in a really good spot. He just didn't want it today. That's not him. He just let go."

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