Horse Racing Betting Report- 2016 Breeders’ Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile

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David Schwab

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:59 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 6:59 PM GMT

One of the most exciting events in this year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park leading up to the running of the Classic is the Las Vegas Dirt Mile. This $1 million event features some of the top three-year-old and up thoroughbreds in the nation, and our professional handicapper provides his horse racing picks.

 

The final list of entries for this year’s Dirt Mile is still coming together, but with the way the preliminary field is shaping up, this could be one of the most exciting finishes of the day. The following is a closer look at some of the top horses expected to compete in this race based on the recently updated futures odds at Bovada.

 2016 Breeders’ Cup Las Vegas Dirt Mile- Santa Anita Park

The Las Vegas Dirt Mile is a Grade 1 stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbreds and up with a total prize purse of $1 million. It will be contested on the dirt track at Santa Anita over a distance of 1 mile. The preliminary field for this race has nine horses listed as probable with another three classified as possible according to Horse Racing Nation.

 

Dortmund +175                                                  

This four-year-old Kentucky-bred colt is the clear favorite horse pick to win the Dirt Mile according to the futures odds and he will probably go off as the morning line favorite as we get closer to the actual race. Trained by Bob Baffert, this pedigree of Big Brown is coming off a second-place finish in the Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita to California Chrome on October 1st at a distance of 1 1/8 miles. The shorter distance of this race is better suited to his racing style with victories in his last two runs at this same one-mile length.

 

Runhappy +600

Trained by Laura Wohlers, this four-year-old Kentucky-bred colt comes into this race with the highest rank (No. 8) of any contender in the projected field according to Horse Racing Nation. His rating now stands at 8.68, which is also the best in the field despite a recent fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs over a distance of 1 mile on October 1st. Prior to that, he had won six races in a row as a three-year-old.

 

Gun Runner +800

With an HRN rank of No. 18 and an 8.52 rating, this three-year-old colt is ranked third on the list of probable entries in the Dirt Mile, but trainer Steve Asmussen could still opt to run him in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Gun Runner’s greatest claim to fame this season was a third-place finish in the Kentucky Derby and he comes into this race in good form after taking second behind Connect in the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park in late September. He also finished third in the Grade 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 27 at a distance of 1 ¼ miles. It is always recommended to check the list of best sportsbooks and the bonuses they offer before making your bet.

 

Bradester +1600

This six-year-old racing veteran that was bred in Kentucky under the pedigree of Lion Heart comes into this race with four finishes in the money over five events this year including an impressive victory in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill back in June. Trained by Eddie Kenneally, he could offer some solid value at longer betting odds with a 7.97 rating by HRN. On the downside, he did run in last year’s Dirt Mile and finished a disappointing ninth.

 

Texas Chrome +1600

This is another probable entry with some solid value at longer futures odds following a recent first-place finish in the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park on Sept. 25 at a distance of 1 1/8 miles. Trained by JR Caldwell, this three-year-old Texas-bred colt is not ranked or rated by HRN, but he has not finished out of the money in six events this year, including a third-place finish behind Gun Runner and Gray Sky in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill back in June.

 

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