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2011 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile (G1)

Date/Track:
11/5/2011, Churchill Downs
Post Time:
4:01 PM ET
Distance:
1 mile (Dirt)
Age/Sex:
3+ M
Time:
1:34.59

Super Screener Winning Criteria - Dirt Mile

  • Rule #2 - Turnback Time - All 4 Dirt Mile winners had their final prep at 9 furlongs.  Dakota Phone and Corinthian prepped at 10 furlongs.
  • Rule #4 - Hot Hand - Of the 7 horses who hit the board at 20-1 or better, 4 were coming off lifetime best figures.   
  • Rule #9 - Eating Chalk -  In the 4 year history of the Dirt Mile, no favorite has been in the exacta and only one in the trifecta. 
  • For all 10 rules for this race and all Breeders' Cup races, get your copy of the 2011 Breeders' Cup Super Screener.

What the Nation is saying about the 2011 Breeders Cup Dirt Mile (G1)...

Nearing the halfway mark of 2012, who are racing's best of the best? Ashley Tamulonis makes her choices...Read More
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  • TimSmith · She has to enter and win the races though.. its tricky has stats to back up hype...RD need to run in and win 2-4 races depending on which ones to pass IT · 728 days ago ·
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  • Floridaf · Royal Delta has had a light campaign this year. She was fantastic in the Fleur de Lis, but Mott needs to pick it up if he has any hopes of his filly earning another championship. · 728 days ago ·
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Caleb's Posse and To Honor and Serve headline a small but extremely talented and contentious Memorial Day field. Read More
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  • Mary Z. · THAS, CP,JB. Sentimentally, I'd love for JB to dig in and win. Caixa could have his best day ever. Hope this fulfills the promise of a great race. · 772 days ago ·
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  • Capper · I totally agree Matt. I think THAS is starting to hit his best stride & Mott is the most dangerous trainer in the game when pointing for a specific spot. CP could win, but his BC Mile win was a result of a perfect pace setup, as well as the track playing to outside closers. · 772 days ago ·
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Twirling Candy, who was being aimed for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) at Churchill Downs Nov. 5, has been retired from racing because of an injury, according to Daily Racing Form. The 4-year-old colt, raced by Craig Family Trust, Martin Wygod, and William S. Farish, will be headed to Farish’s ...Read More
HRN contributor Tony Bada Bing lists his top 10 moments from the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs.Read More
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  • GregRiessland · i was pulling for court vision, it was good to see after so many tries for the winner circle he made it again on his last race. · 940 days ago ·
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  • jjflash67 · Amazombie winning me some $! He ruled! · 905 days ago ·
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This week we introduce the second edition of the Eclipse Debates. The Chicago Dark Horse, Chris Sorenson and I will be looking at the 3 year old divisions and deciding who should deserve to be the Eclipse award winner. Read More
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  • kedez2012 · Caleb's Posse deserves it, but Animal Kingdom will win. · 940 days ago ·
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  • grdhzloinz · Fortunately I was able to attend the Kings Bishop race in Saratoga to see Caleb's Posse's win! He is a fantastic horse and knows how to win his race no matter the competitors. After his awesome win at Churchill Downs, I think he has proved himself worth of the Eclipse Award. · 926 days ago ·
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When you’re a single man on Christmas Eve & you’ve made a habit for years of declining everyone else’s pitied invitations for a friendly holiday gathering, you learn to find things to do. Tonight was easy. Past performances for opening day at Santa Anita in hand. Let’s dig in.Read More
Hoosier State of Mind teams up with the "Chicago Dark Horse," Chris Sorenson to discuss which horse should be given the Eclipse Award in the two sprint divisions.Read More
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  • Mary Z. · No way is Turbulent Descent going to get the Female Sprint Eclipse. First off, not all of her wins can be considered sprints and her sprint wins weren't exactly fast, which is sort of the main theme of a sprint if I can for once openly like speed. Musical Romance is likewise not a fast sprinter. Too bad the fast females had injuries, like Hilda's Passion or Sassy Image-another one that had some bad races at Gulfstream. Here's a handicapping minor rule I use: throw out bad finishes for fillies at GP and any bad race by a horse that was stuck on the rail there. So I don't really have a pick for top female sprinter but I would really like some explanation as to why Switch was not run on dirt at 7f. as much as possible this year and not all the other experimentation? Not that I'm owed an explanation. Just put one in my stocking if inclined, thanks. Male sprinter: simply put Amazombie. Want more detail? I'll whip out equibase or it's there for all to review. Add in his DQ as a win cuz, truly not long ago he wouldn't have been taken down. Nowadays, yes, ancient times, probably not. · 940 days ago ·
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  • GregRiessland · zombie gets the sprint and caleb should get 3 year old male. i say turbulent descent for female sprint. i think she could beat older girls, just like zazu did. · 940 days ago ·
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The top 2 potential contenders for the Dirt Mile - Twirling Candy or Jackson Bend?Read More
Who should be 3-Year-Old Champion?Read More
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  • JeremyAlmon · Caleb has the best resume in Graded Stakes. He id get beat by 6 lengths in Indiana, but he also didnt have Rajiv riding him there either. He is 3-0 on Caleb, he just knows how to ride him perfectly. If AK hadnt been injured it probably would have gone to him, but I dont think one race should determine the whole year. · 966 days ago ·
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  • mattowan · @gregriessland his onnly weakness was mud? His only weakness was mud where another horse plows into him and he tripped fracturing a bone. He still managed to beat 6 horses under those conditions. · 965 days ago ·
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Earlier this week I gave you the first half of my thoughts on the year end awards and now, after endless hours of contemplation, I give you Eclipse Awards … Part Two. Read More
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  • DeadHeat · annmatt, HDG could get 10f plenty fine, and I'm sorry, BL was not even close to a shoe in after her last race, and would not have been because of her two losses prior. FO who won at 10f finished behind HDG in the Classic, and I heard people just yelling about the fact that with one extra furlong he would catch her...how did that work? HDG does not seem to run her best over Churchill. She did not have an overly impressive work over the track this year and still finished well. Trying to say what could have been will drive anyone mad. BL is a great horse, but did not have it this season plain and simple. HDG should not get a minus becase her two losses to BL at 10f were by a neck and a whisker. You don't take off because she beat her at a shorter distance. If you do that then you might as well take off BL for beating her at a distance longer than 9f. The score was 1-1, even. It goes to the horse who did the most, Grace. · 971 days ago ·
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  • gocashking · Amazombie, by finishing the year with big wins in the Ancient Title and BC Sprint is a no brainer for the Sprint Champion Eclipse. It won't even be close. There's no way 7F and 8F wins will be rated higher than those two wins at the "traditional" sprint distance of 6F. Caling Flashpoint "brilliant" is also a bit of a stretch, I think. · 970 days ago ·
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Laura Pugh, of Dead Heat Debates, does her best to unravel the 2011 Eclipse Award picture...Read More
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  • DeadHeat · Craig, Poly is far from what I call a neutral surface. I don't typically see a dirt horse relishing that type of surface. The Cushion is the most dirt like of all the syns and that is the on he ran on. Poly is quirky, even some turf horses have trouble with that surface. However, he did beat a very game multi surface threat in Candy. · 973 days ago ·
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  • CraigBradshaw · the only top notch horse that cape blanco beat this season was a declining gio ponti. · 972 days ago ·
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Super Screener nailed this one. Turn-back's did a-okay!
On the biggest day in horse racing, with the world's best thoroughbred talent on display, it was a colt that prepped in the Indiana Derby that stole the show... Read More
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  • cpsoren121 · That's two years in a row of quality entries in Indiana. Certainly worthy of an upgrade in my opinion! · 974 days ago ·
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  • Winplacsho · I'm an idiot for playing pick 3s, I just need to stick with straight bets in BC races, they pay good enough as it is. Plus, the races are so competitive its tough to string 3 in a row. I only used Caleb's Posse & Trappe Shot in pick 3's. I instead should've been focusing on nail the trifecta & 10-cent super. · 974 days ago ·
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This year would be my first ever, live Breeders' Cup and as the weekend of November 4/5, 2011 approached I could not help but let my hopes and expectations soar to the sky. The only track I had ever been to was Delaware Park, my home track, and a beautiful track, but this was Churchill Downs…this wa...Read More
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  • CauseForConcern · Did anyone notice that of the 15 BC winners, none had a final prep at Del Mar 3 months prior to the BC? Five had prepped at Saratoga, and, on the Turf, 4 of the 6 winners hailed from Woodbine. · 975 days ago ·
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  • gocashking · Considering Caleb's Posse won the dirt mile, I have a hard time seeing him beating Amazombie, who closed out the year with a flourish, winning the Grade 1 Ancient Title, then following it with a Breeders Cup Sprint win. · 975 days ago ·
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Even if Mo was in this race, I still couldn't see him hitting the board, as the top 4 finishers are just doing better right now than he is.
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  • icyhotboo · His loss ensures that the Empire State Games will take place at Belmont Park and the breeders cup races are through if they don't give MR his way on this matter. BC just doesn't have the money to compete with him and his obsession to run his horses at Belmont. · 976 days ago ·
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  • buckpasser · @icyhotboo. It will be interesting to see Repole bump heads with another ego maniac Frank Stronach. Who wins that one. For me I think the Breeders Cup should do what they intended--move around the country so more fans have the opportunity to show up and see the races live. Also it would show case other tracks · 976 days ago ·
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I knew Caleb's Posse would win it! And I also thought Shackleford second. I thought The Factor might show something htough.
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  • cugel the clever · Mo demonstrated conclusively that he should have been entered in the Dirt Mile. Oh wait - the horse that beat him was there too ;-) · 977 days ago ·
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  • RamonD · it look like POSSE went up and MO went down!!! · 977 days ago ·
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Caleb's Posse stormed down the middle of the track to win Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs. Read More
Shackleford 2 nd
Tres Borrachos 3 rd
Caleb's Posse 1 st

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