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Midshipman figures out front in Dirt Mile

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$1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile changed dramatically since pre-entries were announced Oct. 28, with six horses that originally made it into the body of the race opting for other races or electing not to come.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.

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