Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile|
|Grade I race|
|Race type||Thoroughbred - Flat racing|
|Website||Breeders' Cup official website|
|Distance||One mile (8 furlongs)|
|Qualification||Three-years-old & up|
|Weight||Weight for Age|
The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is a 1-mile (1.6 km) Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up. As its name implies, it is part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, the de facto year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, and is run on a dirt course (either natural dirt or a synthetic surface such as Polytrack). This contrasts with the similar Breeders' Cup Mile, run on grass. All Breeders' Cups to date have been conducted in the United States, with the exception of the 1996 event in Canada.
The race was run for the first time in 2007 during the first day of the expanded Breeders' Cup at that year's host track, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. It became a Grade I event in 2009.
Occasionally, various track configurations require minor changes in the distance of the race. The 2007 race at Monmouth Park was held at a distance of 1 mile 70 yards (1673 m) instead of the normal distance of 1-mile (1.6 km). The 2015 Breeders' Cup will be held at Keeneland, which does not have the ability to run one mile dirt races, and so the Dirt Mile is scheduled to be run out of the backstretch chute at a distance of 7 furlongs, 384 feet (1525 m).
Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that allotted automatic qualifying bids to the winners of defined races. Each of the fourteen divisions has between three and seven of these, "Win and You're In," qualifying races.
In the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Division the number of runners are limited to 14 and there are four automatic berths.
The "Win and You're In" races are:
1. the Triple Bend Handicap, a Grade 1 race at Hollywood Park Racetrack in Hollywood, California;
2. the Pat O'Brien Stakes, a Grade 1 race at Del Mar Racetrack in San Diego, California;
3. the Kelso Handicap, a Grade 1 race at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York. and
4. the Clásico Copa de Oro, a Grade 2 race at Club Hípico de Santiago in Santiago, Región Metropolitana, Chile.
- Goldencents - 2013, 2014
Most wins by a jockey:
- Rafael Bejarano - 2013, 2014
Most wins by a trainer:
- No trainer has won this race more than once.
Most wins by an owner:
- W. C. Racing - 2013, 2014
Winners of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile since inception
|2014||Goldencents||4||Rafael Bejarano||Leandro Mora||W. C. Racing||1:35.19||$1,000,000||I|
|2013||Goldencents||3||Rafael Bejarano||Doug O'Neill||W. C. Racing et al.||1:35.12||$1,000,000||I|
|2012||Tapizar||4||Corey Nakatani||Steven M. Asmussen||Winchell Thoroughbreds||1:35.34||$1,000,000||I|
|2011||Caleb's Posse||3||Rajiv Maragh||Donnie K. Von Hemel||McNeil Stables/Cheyenne Stables||1:34.59||$1,000,000||I|
|2010||Dakota Phone||5||Joel Rosario||Jerry Hollendorfer||Todaro/Halo Farms/Carver/Hollendorfer||1:35.29||$1,000,000||I|
|2009||Furthest Land||4||Julien Leparoux||Michael J. Maker||Ken & Sarah Ramsey||1:35.50||$1,000,000||I|
|2008||Albertus Maximus||4||Garrett Gomez||Vladimir Cerin||Brandon & Marianne Chase||1:33.41||$1,000,000|
|2007||Corinthian||4||Kent Desormeaux||James A. Jerkens||Centennial Farms||1:39.06||$1,000,000|
- * Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile "top three finishers" and starters
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