The complexion of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile changed
dramatically since pre-entries were announced Oct. 28, with six horses
that originally made it into the body of the race opting for other
races or electing not to come.
The most significant offshoot of those
defections is that Midshipman, the front-running winner of last year's
Breeders' Cup Juvenile over this same Santa Anita track, has the look
of being the lone speed in this year's Dirt Mile, which only drew a
field of 10 from 21 pre-entrants. Midshipman, owned by Sheikh Mohammed
bin Rashid al-Maktoum's Godolphin Racing, drew post 3 and will be
ridden by Garrett Gomez.