European Mastercraftsman, who finished only a length behind Sea the Stars in the Juddmonte International (Eng-I) in England, will be the shortest-priced morning-line favorite of the 14 Breeders’ Cup races in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I). Cross-entered in the Dirt Mile and the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I), Mastercraftsman has opted for the mile race and is listed at 6-5 on the morning line.
The Aiden O’Brien 3-year-old drew the rail in the Dirt Mile, which attracted 10 entrants. Originally, 21 horses pre-entered the Dirt Mile, but several entered other Breeders’ Cup races instead. Johnny Murtagh, who has been aboard in all seven of Mastercraftsman’s victories, is set to pilot the colt. Those wins include four group I events, two of those at a mile. In his lone effort over a synthetic surface, Mastercraftsman won the Diamond Stakes (Ire-III) in Ireland.
Bullsbay , winner of the Whitney Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga, will start from post four in the Dirt Mile and is the second choice at 3-1. Regular jockey Jeremy Rose will ride.
The field includes a returning Breeders’ Cup winner in Midshipman , who drew post three. Midshipman won the 2008 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I). Garrett Gomez, who rode him to victory in the Juvenile, returns for the Dirt Mile.
|Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile|
|1.||Mastercraftsman||John Murtagh||Aidan O'Brien||6-5|
|2.||Furthest Land||Julien Leparoux||Michael Maker||20-1|
|3.||Midshipman||Garrett Gomez||Saeed Bin Suroor||6-1|
|4.||Bullsbay||Jeremy Rose||Graham Motion||3-1|
|5.||Neko Bay||Mike Smith||John Shirreffs||20-1|
|6.||Mambo Meister||Manoel Cruz||Philip Gleaves||30-1|
|7.||Pyro||John Velazquez||Saeed Bin Suroor||7-1|
|8.||Mr. Sidney||Kent Desormeaux||Bill Mott||12-1|
|9.||Chocolate Candy||Joel Rosario||Jerry Hollendorfer||15-1|
|10.||Ready's Echo||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher||20-1|