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Here’s the replay of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, astonishing stuff from William Buick on Master Of The Seas:

BREEDERS’ CUP MILE RESULT:

1. MASTER OF THE SEAS, 2. Mawj, 3. Casa Creed.

What a finish between the two Godolphin runners. This could even be a dead heat.

Oisin Murphy seemed to have done everything right, the lead he grabbed after taking over in the stretch looked sure to be decisive … BUT NO!

The result is in: a win for Master Of The Seas under what has to be the ride of the night by William Buick from stall 14.

Into the stretch, Mawj strikes the front, she’s a length clear but here comes Master Of The Seas … oh my, that is SO CLOSE at the wire … PHOTO!

Down the back, still Win Carnelian, Astronomer and Mawj in close attendance. …

OFF AND RUNNING IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP MILE!

Win Carnelian leads with Mawj close behind …

Going in for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, won’t be long …

Have been suffering from a bit of seconditis so far today but I do like Songline here, she’s caught my eye again and again during trackwork here this week.

They are on the track for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, Songline currently the narrow favourite at 3-1 on the tote, with Mawj and Casa Creed, the best of the locals, on 5-1 and Gina Romantica on 8-1.

This is Casa Creed winning the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, a Grade One, giving weight to all rivals.

Casa Creed, Saratoga

While I think of it, here’s the replay of Goodnight Olive’s second successive win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint:

That was her last race, and she will be sold to go to the paddocks, for a no doubt eye-watering sum, in Lexington next week.

Songline, from Japan, is also a really big runner here despite a double-figure draw, and will be carrying a bit of my cash. She was just touched off coming with a late rattle in the Mainichi Okan in Tokyo.

Songline, Tokyo

Well done Goodnight Olive, but I’m not sure there’s much more to add, and as the clock here ticks past 13.00 Pacific Time, we move on to what is always one of the highlights of the card for US/Euro rivalry: the Mile.

Exaulted, drawn 12, has been scratched, but there are still all manner of possibilities in a race where luck in running can often be decisive.

Mawj, the 1,000 Guineas winner for Saeed bin Suroor, has a great draw in stall six, while his Godolphin colleague, Charlie Appleby, had a head-in-hands moment at the draw on Monday when Master Of The Seas, a Grade 1 winner at Woodbine in September, was drawn widest of all in 14.

Mawj warmed up in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland:

Mawj, Keeneland

Master Of The Seas, meanwhile, took the Woodbine Mile in September:

BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT RESULT:

1. GOODNIGHT OLIVE, 2. Yuugiri, 3. Three Witches.

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Goodnight Olive (right) to victory during the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Photograph: Harry How/Getty Images

Society and Yuugiri lead, Goodnight Olive tracking …

Down the stretch, Goodnight Olive takes over, Yuugiri second, but that was a very cosy success for last year’s winner.

OFF AND RUNNING IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT!

Goodnight Olive still very solid at around even-money for the next, it’s three minutes to post time.

All in all, I’m not entirely convinced about Goodnight Olive from one, so I’m going to have a very optimistic stab at Yuuguri, who is drawn on the outside but simply looks too big at her current price of around 22-1 on the local tote.

That is a very obvious contender for ride of the meeting already, but there are still seven races left on the main card, with the Filly & Mare Sprint – yes, yes, I know it’s seven furlongs but that’s what it’s called – up next.

Another returning champion here in last year’s winner, and very warm favourite, Goodnight Olive, who was impressive 12 months ago.

Goodnight Olive, F&M Sprint 2022

She is not miles clear on the ratings, however, and has drawn the inside stall, and Society is a live alternative at around 3-1 after her win in the Pink Ribbon Stakes at Charles Town.

Society, Pink Ribbon

And don’t overlook win-and-you’re-in qualifier Yuugiri, who didn’t have too many rivals to beat last time but knuckled down really well.

Yuugiri, Open Mind Stakes

The prizes have just been handed out for the Filly & Mare Turf, and Frankie was speaking to Nick Luck on the track:

She’s temperamental but she’s very, very good and she’s proved it today that she can do it on the other side of the world.

That is Frankie’s 15th Breeders’ Cup winner and he is, quite rightly, going to milk it for all it’s worth. It all unfolded just as he said it would in the interview beforehand, and he made his own luck by getting Inspiral into the perfect position to launch her stretch run as they came off the bend.

Frankie Dettori jumps off from Inspiral after winning the Filly & Mare Turf.
Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory on Inspiral in the Filly & Mare Turf in his usual style. Photograph: Bill Selwyn

Here’s the full replay from the Breeders’ Cup Twitter feed:

Dettori and Ryan Moore both rode magnificent races there, but Warm Heart just couldn’t cope with Inspiral’s turn of foot. Flying dismount incoming!

BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF RESULT:

1. INSPIRAL, 2. Warm Heart, 3. Moira.

Inspiral (6), with jockey Frankie Dettori up, wins the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf.
Inspiral (6), with jockey Frankie Dettori up, wins the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Photograph: Kiyoshi Mio/USA Today Sports

Going to the wire, Warm Heart still leads but Frankie gets there! Brilliant ride by the one and only Frankie Dettori.

Warm Heart gets first run on Inspiral but here comes Frankie …

Still In Italian turning out of the back, Frankie making progress on Inspiral

Inspiral has three behind crossing the line for the first time

In Italian leads as expected, from State Occasion, Fev Rover and Warm Heart.

OFF AND RUNNING IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF!

Approaching the gate in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Meanwhile, here’s the moment when Cody’s Wish returned to meet his biggest fan after the Dirt Mile.

The trip here at Santa Anita, by the way, is half a furlong further than it was last year at Keeneland, and I’m hoping that will be ideal for my pick, Warm Heart.

Other contenders worth a mention are Lumiere Rock, from the Joseph O’Brien yard, and the Japanese challenger, Win Marilyn, with Cristian Demuro – the Arc winner on Ace Impact – riding.

Latest betting on the track tote: 5-2 Inspiral, 3-1 In Italian, 7-2 Warm Heart, 10-1 Didia, 12-1 Lindy, 14-1 With The Moonlight, 18-1 bar.

With The Moonlight is also in the line-up for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin, and the trainer could definitely do with a winner here at the end of what has been a disappointing year by his very high standards.

She has a bit to find with the principals on ratings, but is at least a very seasoned traveller, having raced at Meydan, Keeneland and Woodbine already this year. That latest run, a second behind Fev Rover, who is also in today’s field, in the EP Taylor Stakes, is also worth a second look.

Fev Rover, EP Taylor

Frankie Dettori has just been interviewed on the track feed regarding how he thinks this race will go:

She always gives a couple of lengths away at start. I’ll try to get out as quick as I can and not find myself with too much to do, I’ll need a bit of Lady Luck

The races come thick and fast once it all gets going, so it’s probably time to turn to the Filly & Mare Turf, which is due off in just over 20 minutes’ time.

Several big chances for the Europeans here, including Inspiral, with Frankie Dettori up, who has opened as the 2-1 favourite locally. Warm Heart, the Yorkshire Oaks and Vermeille winner, is 4-1, along with the main US-trained hope, In Italian, who made all the running last year until Tuesday ran her down in the shadow of the post.

Here’s Inspiral winning the Sun Chariot at Newmarket last time:

Inspiral, Sun Chariot

And this is Warm Heart in the Vermeille:

Warm Heart, Vermeille

And last but not least, last year’s race with In Italian getting chinned late:

In Italian, Filly & Mare Turf 2022

Cody Dorman, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which means he cannot speak or walk, is the inspiration for the whole story of Cody’s Wish, and is once again in the winner’s enclosure to welcome the horse back.

Here’s the closing stages via Twitter:

BREEDERS’ CUP DIRT MILE RESULT:

1. CODY’S WISH, 2. National Treasure, 3. Skippylongstocking.

They didn’t. Cody’s Wish confirmed as the winner, prompting chants of “Cody’s, Cody’s” from the stands.

They came very close in the stretch, and the rules here can seem quite harsh to a European eye. Local journalists meanwhile are wondering whether the stewards will “have the b*lls” to take down the hugely popular favourite.

Cody’s Wish gets the verdict by the narrowest of margins BUT there is an inquiry. HOLD ALL BETS!

Here comes Cody’s Wish, taking on National Treasure, who fights back right on the wire …. PHOTO!

Off and running in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile!

National Treasure making the running, Cody’s Wish well off the pace

Approaching the gates for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile …. Cody’s Wish still odds-on as they begin to load up, right in front of the stands.

Can’t really let this race pass without the traditional mention of the fact that its full name is the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, because the firm that sponsors it is a supplier of very big fans. Not that anyone in the UK is likely to be needing one of those for a while.

One other horse that might warrant consideration is Charge It, whose overall record is distinctly in-and-out but does include the odd performance, like his win in the Suburban Stakes earlier this year, that would put him there with a chance.

Charge It, Suburban

National Treasure, meanwhile, is a without a win in three starts since the Preakness, but that included races at 12 and 10 furlongs and he is dropping back to a mile here, which could be in his favour.

National Treasure, Preakness

Cody’s Wish is a 3-5 chance on the track tote, with Brad Cox’s Zozos and the Preakness winner, National Treasure, next in at 7-2 and 6-1 respectively.

Zozos earned his place in the field with a win in the Ack Ack at Churchill:

Zozos, Ack Ack

Personally, I’ll be steering well clear of this race from a betting perspective. If forced to give a tip, it would have to be Cody’s Wish, who has plenty in hand on ratings, but that is based on his best form and he has looked some way below his peak this year. He was a 1-9 chance for the Grade 2 Vosburgh at Aqueduct, for instance, but distinctly workmanlike in victory:

Vosburgh, Cody’s Wish

The runners have just crossed the line in the second race on the card, which is, a little oddly, the Grade 2 Twilight Derby – a race that used to be run, as the name suggests, at the end of the card.

That switch highlights a new running order for proceedings this year, with the Classic shifted from its traditional slot as the final Breeders’ Cup race to a new position as the third-from-last. The Turf Sprint and then the Sprint, at midnight UK time, will bring the card to a close.

This is probably a good time to start thinking about the first Breeders’ Cup race, the Dirt Mile, and if we’re being honest, it’s been an ill-starred contest already this year. Practical Move, the likely second-favourite, suffered a fatal heart attack on the way back from exercise earlier in the week, while Algiers, the runner-up in the Dubai World Cup earlier in the year, was ruled out with an injury soon afterwards.

That leaves a field of seven, headed by the likely odds-on favourite, Cody’s Wish, who will bid to repeat his win in this race 12 months ago:

Cody’s Wish, Dirt Mile 2022

Preamble

Hello from Santa Anita in southern California, where the sun is shining, the track looks immaculate and, thankfully, the track seem to have sorted out the tech issues that effectively made it impossible to live-blog Friday’s opening card. So, fingers crossed that I’ll be able to share with you the giddy roller-coaster that is the nine-race Saturday card at the Breeders’ Cup.

And there is so much to look forward to as the day unfolds, including a renewal of the Turf (21.50GMT) which is quite possibly the best I can recall in 30 years of following and reporting on the Breeders’ Cup, while the Filly & Mare Turf (19.10GMT), the Mile (20.30GMT) and the Turf Sprint (23.25GMT) are also rich with promise for the European team.

On the dirt, the Classic (22.40) looks very open (if you’re being polite) and a little sub-standard (if you’re not), which could leave the way open for Ushba Tesoro to give Japan a historic win in the $6m feature.

The weather, needless to say, is set fair with temperatures set to peak at around 28C. The setting, beneath the San Gabriel mountains, is as timeless and magical as always (I even spotted a couple of hummingbirds flitting in and out of the flowers on the walk across the parking lot earlier).

And the action is underway in about 50 minutes, at 18.30GMT, with the Dirt Mile. I’ll be looking to get previews and video form up well in advance so that everyone can make their picks as the evening goes on, my thoughts about several of the days main events are here – though after Fierceness & Big Evs yesterday, the tipping can probably go only one way – and it should be fantastic ride whether it is morning, afternoon or night in your timezone. Buckle up, let’s do this!



Summarize this content to 100 words Key eventsShow key events onlyPlease turn on JavaScript to use this featureHere’s the replay of the Breeders’ Cup Mile, astonishing stuff from William Buick on Master Of The Seas:BREEDERS’ CUP MILE RESULT:1. MASTER OF THE SEAS, 2. Mawj, 3. Casa Creed.What a finish between the two Godolphin runners. This could even be a dead heat.Oisin Murphy seemed to have done everything right, the lead he grabbed after taking over in the stretch looked sure to be decisive … BUT NO!The result is in: a win for Master Of The Seas under what has to be the ride of the night by William Buick from stall 14.Into the stretch, Mawj strikes the front, she’s a length clear but here comes Master Of The Seas … oh my, that is SO CLOSE at the wire … PHOTO!Down the back, still Win Carnelian, Astronomer and Mawj in close attendance. …OFF AND RUNNING IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP MILE!Win Carnelian leads with Mawj close behind …Going in for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, won’t be long …Have been suffering from a bit of seconditis so far today but I do like Songline here, she’s caught my eye again and again during trackwork here this week.They are on the track for the Breeders’ Cup Mile, Songline currently the narrow favourite at 3-1 on the tote, with Mawj and Casa Creed, the best of the locals, on 5-1 and Gina Romantica on 8-1.This is Casa Creed winning the Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga, a Grade One, giving weight to all rivals.Casa Creed, SaratogaWhile I think of it, here’s the replay of Goodnight Olive’s second successive win in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint:That was her last race, and she will be sold to go to the paddocks, for a no doubt eye-watering sum, in Lexington next week.Songline, from Japan, is also a really big runner here despite a double-figure draw, and will be carrying a bit of my cash. She was just touched off coming with a late rattle in the Mainichi Okan in Tokyo.Songline, TokyoWell done Goodnight Olive, but I’m not sure there’s much more to add, and as the clock here ticks past 13.00 Pacific Time, we move on to what is always one of the highlights of the card for US/Euro rivalry: the Mile.Exaulted, drawn 12, has been scratched, but there are still all manner of possibilities in a race where luck in running can often be decisive.Mawj, the 1,000 Guineas winner for Saeed bin Suroor, has a great draw in stall six, while his Godolphin colleague, Charlie Appleby, had a head-in-hands moment at the draw on Monday when Master Of The Seas, a Grade 1 winner at Woodbine in September, was drawn widest of all in 14.Mawj warmed up in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Keeneland:Mawj, KeenelandMaster Of The Seas, meanwhile, took the Woodbine Mile in September:BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT RESULT:1. GOODNIGHT OLIVE, 2. Yuugiri, 3. Three Witches.Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. rides Goodnight Olive (right) to victory during the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Photograph: Harry How/Getty ImagesUpdated at 16.15 EDTSociety and Yuugiri lead, Goodnight Olive tracking …Down the stretch, Goodnight Olive takes over, Yuugiri second, but that was a very cosy success for last year’s winner.OFF AND RUNNING IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE SPRINT!Goodnight Olive still very solid at around even-money for the next, it’s three minutes to post time.All in all, I’m not entirely convinced about Goodnight Olive from one, so I’m going to have a very optimistic stab at Yuuguri, who is drawn on the outside but simply looks too big at her current price of around 22-1 on the local tote.That is a very obvious contender for ride of the meeting already, but there are still seven races left on the main card, with the Filly & Mare Sprint – yes, yes, I know it’s seven furlongs but that’s what it’s called – up next.Another returning champion here in last year’s winner, and very warm favourite, Goodnight Olive, who was impressive 12 months ago.Goodnight Olive, F&M Sprint 2022She is not miles clear on the ratings, however, and has drawn the inside stall, and Society is a live alternative at around 3-1 after her win in the Pink Ribbon Stakes at Charles Town. Society, Pink RibbonAnd don’t overlook win-and-you’re-in qualifier Yuugiri, who didn’t have too many rivals to beat last time but knuckled down really well.Yuugiri, Open Mind StakesThe prizes have just been handed out for the Filly & Mare Turf, and Frankie was speaking to Nick Luck on the track: She’s temperamental but she’s very, very good and she’s proved it today that she can do it on the other side of the world. That is Frankie’s 15th Breeders’ Cup winner and he is, quite rightly, going to milk it for all it’s worth. It all unfolded just as he said it would in the interview beforehand, and he made his own luck by getting Inspiral into the perfect position to launch her stretch run as they came off the bend.Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory on Inspiral in the Filly & Mare Turf in his usual style. Photograph: Bill SelwynUpdated at 16.02 EDTHere’s the full replay from the Breeders’ Cup Twitter feed:Dettori and Ryan Moore both rode magnificent races there, but Warm Heart just couldn’t cope with Inspiral’s turn of foot. Flying dismount incoming!BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF RESULT:1. INSPIRAL, 2. Warm Heart, 3. Moira.Inspiral (6), with jockey Frankie Dettori up, wins the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Photograph: Kiyoshi Mio/USA Today SportsUpdated at 16.13 EDTGoing to the wire, Warm Heart still leads but Frankie gets there! Brilliant ride by the one and only Frankie Dettori.Warm Heart gets first run on Inspiral but here comes Frankie …Still In Italian turning out of the back, Frankie making progress on InspiralInspiral has three behind crossing the line for the first timeIn Italian leads as expected, from State Occasion, Fev Rover and Warm Heart.OFF AND RUNNING IN THE BREEDERS’ CUP FILLY & MARE TURF!Approaching the gate in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. Meanwhile, here’s the moment when Cody’s Wish returned to meet his biggest fan after the Dirt Mile. The trip here at Santa Anita, by the way, is half a furlong further than it was last year at Keeneland, and I’m hoping that will be ideal for my pick, Warm Heart. Other contenders worth a mention are Lumiere Rock, from the Joseph O’Brien yard, and the Japanese challenger, Win Marilyn, with Cristian Demuro – the Arc winner on Ace Impact – riding.Latest betting on the track tote: 5-2 Inspiral, 3-1 In Italian, 7-2 Warm Heart, 10-1 Didia, 12-1 Lindy, 14-1 With The Moonlight, 18-1 bar.With The Moonlight is also in the line-up for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin, and the trainer could definitely do with a winner here at the end of what has been a disappointing year by his very high standards.She has a bit to find with the principals on ratings, but is at least a very seasoned traveller, having raced at Meydan, Keeneland and Woodbine already this year. That latest run, a second behind Fev Rover, who is also in today’s field, in the EP Taylor Stakes, is also worth a second look.Fev Rover, EP TaylorFrankie Dettori has just been interviewed on the track feed regarding how he thinks this race will go: She always gives a couple of lengths away at start. I’ll try to get out as quick as I can and not find myself with too much to do, I’ll need a bit of Lady Luck The races come thick and fast once it all gets going, so it’s probably time to turn to the Filly & Mare Turf, which is due off in just over 20 minutes’ time.Several big chances for the Europeans here, including Inspiral, with Frankie Dettori up, who has opened as the 2-1 favourite locally. Warm Heart, the Yorkshire Oaks and Vermeille winner, is 4-1, along with the main US-trained hope, In Italian, who made all the running last year until Tuesday ran her down in the shadow of the post.Here’s Inspiral winning the Sun Chariot at Newmarket last time:Inspiral, Sun ChariotAnd this is Warm Heart in the Vermeille:Warm Heart, VermeilleAnd last but not least, last year’s race with In Italian getting chinned late:In Italian, Filly & Mare Turf 2022Cody Dorman, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder which means…
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