2017 Breeders Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile Predictions

Second Race up on the 2017 Breeders Cup card is the Las Vegas Dirt Mile for 3-year-olds and up. This field is smaller than most with only 10 horses but there is no shortage of talent. Some of the previous winners of this race include Tapizar, Goldencents back to back years, Liam’s Map, and Tamarkuz. Here is the first ever repeat winner of the Dirt Mile Goldencents holding off Tapiture in the 2014 Dirt Mile. 2017’s Las Vegas Dirt Mile is definitely stockpiled with Talent. Practical Joke and Battle of Midway 5th and 3rd place finishers respectively in the 2017 Kentucky Derby highlight the field along with Accelerate who finished 3rd in last years Dirt Mile. Heres a look at the rest of the field.

7th Race Las Vegas Dirt Mile for Three Year Olds and Upward- $1,000,000 guaranteed purse.

  1. Iron Fist: Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr 12-1
  2. Giant Expectations: Ridden by Gary Stevens 12-1
  3. Sharp Azteca: Ridden by Paco Lopez 9-2
  4. Gato Del Oro: Ridden by Jose Ortiz 30-1
  5. Awesome Slew: Ridden by John Velazquez 12-1
  6. Mor Spirit: Ridden by Mike Smith 3-1 (currently rated in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings)
  7. Cupid: Ridden by Rafael Bejarano 8-1
  8. Accelerate: Ridden by Victor Espinoza 7-2
  9. Battle of Midway: Ridden by Flavien Prat 10-1
  10. Practical Joke: Ridden by Joel Rosario 6-1

Summary: Iron Fist comes into this race off of his best season yet. He is a pace presser and is a decent long shot from off the pace. Giant Expectations got into this by winning a one-turn race, his two-turn races leave something to desire. Sharp Azteca will likely be the pacesetter and will be under pressure from Iron Fist, Delmar is kind to early pace at one mile from the summer meet, a big threat. Gato Del Oro lightly raced horse who already was no match for Battle of Midway twice. Awesome Slew will be coming fast at the end of the race if Iron Fist and Sharp Azteca are in a hotly contested duel we will see Awesome Slew coming home to win.

Mor Spirit by far the best+fastest in the field a Bob Baffert trained horse is by far the class of the field. Cupid another Baffert horse came back to earth last 2 races have been ordinary has won at Delmar before. Accelerate the sneaky second choice in this race, the horse has improved since adding blinker and has improved since 3rd in this race last year. Battle of Midway 3rd in the Kentucky Derby only has 1 start at Delmar and was his career best. Practical Joke is 5-5 in one turn races and 0-5 in two-turn races but has earned 1.6 Million in 4 tries in the money at two turns.

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