The black filly Six Perfections, last year's NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) heroine, goes for her first win since that triumph Saturday at Lone Star Park.
The French-based 4-year-old, who runs for trainer Psacal Bary and owner Flaxman Holdings Ltd., was made the co-favorite on the early line with recent Shadwell Turf Mile (gr. IT) winner Nothing to Lose at odds of 7-2.
A field of 14, including supplemental entries Blackdoun and Mr O'Brien, entered what figures to be the most wide-open race of the day. Six Perfections is one of two fillies in the race. She's joined by Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IIT) winner Musical Chimes, who is trained by Neil Drysdale and will be ridden by Kent Desormeaux.
Jerry Bailey, who teamed with Six Perfections, a daughter of Celtic Swing, to win last year's NetJets Mile, is reunited here.
Six Perfections has two second-place showings in three starts this year, most recently losing to Whipper by a length in the one-mile Prix Jacques le Marios (Fr-I) at Deauville Aug. 15.
Whipper, who breaks from the one hole Saturday for trainer Robert Collet, is 8-1 on the early line with Christophe Soumillon aboard.
Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey's Nothing to Lose has won his last two starts for trainer Bobby Frankel. The 4-year-old son of Sky Classic
breaks from post 12 with John Velazquez regaining the mount from Robby Albarado, who rodehim in the Shadwell at Keeneland earlier this month.
Special Ring, whose only start since last year's eighth-place finish in the BC Mile was a gate-to-wire win in the Eddie Read Handicap (gr. IT) at Del Mar July 25, is (-2 on the morning line while breaking from post 3 with Victor Espinoza.
Trainer Julio Canani also sends Blackdoun, who landed in the 13th stall.
"I wish could trade the posts between the two," he said. "I would like to flip-flop. Special Ring likes to go to the lead and would be better off going there from the outside. Blackdoun has the same style as (previous Canani-trained Mile winners) Silic and Val Royal, and they both won this race from post 12. Both horses are healthy, and the rest is out of my hands."
Frankie Dettori rides the Andre Fabre-trained Diamond Green, who is winless in six starts in his native France this year. Diamond Green has five placings, however, all in group efforts.
"Eight of 14 is good enough," Dettori said. "I didn't want to be 14."
That honor went to Mr O'Brien, whose trainer Robin Graham said it should work out. "He sits off the pace anyway. This way he'll just let the speed go. Those that are going to take back will take back. He'll be able to run his race."$1.5 Million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT), 3 & up, 1 mile (turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, ML Odds
1. Whipper, Christophe Soumillon, 122, 8/1
2. Silver Tree, Edgar Prado, 126, 12/1
3. Special Ring, Victor Espinoza, 126, 9/2
4. Soaring Free, Todd Kabel, 126, 20/1
5. Domestic Dispute, Kerwin John, 126, 30/1
6. Artie Schiller, Richard Migliore, 122, 12/1
7. Antonius Pius, Jamie Spencer, 122, 30/1
8. Diamond Green (FR), Frankie Dettori, 122, 20/1
9. Musical Chimes, Kent Desormeaux, 123, 15/1
10. Singletary, David Flores, 126, 15/1
11. Six Perfections (FR), Jerry Bailey, 123, 7/2
12. Nothing to Lose, John Velazquez, 126, 7/2
13. *Blackdoun (FR), Corey Nakatani, 122, 20/1
14. *Mr O'Brien (IRE), Eibar Coa, 126, 8/1
(*) supplementary entries