Godolphin Racing’s Discreet Cat, third in the Sept. 30 Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park in his last start, was installed the 2-1 morning-line favorite for the inaugural Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Oct. 26 at Monmouth Park.
The Dirt Mile, for this year, will be run at one mile and 70 yards on the one-mile main track at Monmouth. The race, with a purse of $1 million, lured a field of nine, most of which show solid two-turn form.
Discreet Cat, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and to be ridden by Garrett Gomez, finished an even third in the Vosburgh in his first start since the March 31 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), in which he finished seventh. Discreet Cat, who figures to show speed on the stretch-out from the six-furlong Vosburgh, has been working sharply at Belmont. Discreet Cat drew post one.
Centennial Farm’s Corinthian, fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga in his last start Sept. 1, is the 7-2 second choice in the morning line. Trained by Jimmy Jerkens and to be ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Corinthian seeks to regain the form that carried him to victory in the grade I Metropolitan Mile Handicap at Belmont in May. He drew post eight.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ High Finance, whose only two-turn race in 15 career starts came in this year’s Belmont Stakes (gr. I) at 1 1/2 miles, is the 5-1 third choice in the early line. High Finance stretches out after setting a quick, contested pace in the seven-furlong Forego Handicap (gr. I) in his last start Sept. 1. John Velazquez has the mount for trainer Rick Violette from post five.
Zayat Stables’ Forefathers, trained by Bill Mott, is 20-1 in the Dirt Mile but also was entered in the Oct. 27 TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), in which he also is lined at 20-1. Forefathers has run his best races at six furlongs or 6 1/2 furlongs.
The Dirt Mile is the final race–and third of the three new $1-million World Championships events–on the Oct. 26 program. Post time is slated for 5:35 p.m. EST.