2017 Breeders’ Cup Mile Predictions

As we start getting into the big races, this is the first of the “Big 4” races on Day 2.  This is the Breeders Cup Mile and the purse is $2,000,000. There will be a field of 14 and it will go 1 Mile on the turf. The race is open to three-year-olds and up, including both Fillies and Mares. This is one of the few races with a three-time champion. In 2008, a three-year-old named Goldikova actually started a three-peat.

Last year’s winner, Tourist, actually had the fastest time since the race started in 1984 with a time of 1:31.71. Joel Rosario was aboard Tourist and does not have a mount this year.

Here is the full field of 14:

9th Race: Post Time: 6:19 PM 1 Mile on the turf for 3-year-olds and up Fillies and Mares. $2,000,000 Purse

  1. Midnight Storm: Ridden by Tyler Baze 15-1
  2. Heart to Heart: Ridden by Julien Leparoux 6-1
  3. Mr. Roary: Ridden by Tyler Conner 30-1
  4. Lancaster Bomber: Ridden by Seamus Heffernan 20-1
  5. World Approval: Ridden by John Velazquez 9-2
  6. Zelzal (FR): Ridden by Gregory Benoist 20-1
  7. Om: Ridden by Drayden Van Dyke 20-1
  8. Suedois (FR): Ridden by Daniel Tudhope 6-1
  9. Home of the Brave (IRE): Ridden by Mike Smith 20-1
  10. Ribchester(IRE): Ridden by William Buick 7-2
  11. Ballagh Rocks: Ridden by Jose Lezcano 12-1
  12. Roly Poly: Ridden by Ryan Moore 6-1
  13. Blackjackcat: Ridden by Kent Desormeaux 15-1
  14. Karar (GB): Ridden by Lanfranco Dettori 15-1

Summary: Midnight Storm – third in this event last year picked this over Dirt Mile and was a good decision much better on Turf. Heart to Heart – gutsy veteran who will always give his best effort but has never beaten the likes of this field. Mr. Roary had an upset on the downhill course in the Eddie D, a win here would be an even bigger upset. Lancaster Bomber was second to World Approval but it wasn’t close both North American starts were good. World Approval has 2 straight Grade 1 victories and is the best chance for an US victory in this race. Zelzal has regressed a lot after a breakout 3-year-old season, has good class lines. Om, your typical Joe American, comes to work, works hard, gets a check, but hasn’t won a race in over two years.

Suedois – One of the few Euro Shippers who has actually won at Del Mar but will face tougher here. Home of the Brave is coming off of four good starts in England. The problem is we don’t know if the horse really likes the distance. Ribchester is a top choice in this one based off his last past Euro Performances, had a tough one last out but can rebound. Ballagh Rocks finished third behind Suedois and Heart to Heart in the Shadwell Mile looks like that might have been his best effort. Roly Poly, a three-year-old filly is in top form and last out beat the filly that came back to beat Ribchester. Blackjackcat is riding into this one on a 4 race winning streak but against way less competition. Karar – he is the French version of Home on the Brave will he be able to handle the distance is the biggest question.

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