Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1)

Race 7 at Del Mar on November 3, 2017

  • Grade I
  • 1 mile
  • Dirt
  • $1,000,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 8:00 PM
  • 1:35.20
Payoffs
9   Battle of Midway $30.40 $11.40 $6.60
3   Sharp Azteca $4.80 $4.00
5   Awesome Slew $7.00
$2 Exacta (9-3) $164.20
$2 Trifecta (9-3-5) $1,481.20
$2 Superfecta (9-3-5-10) $5,716.40
Order of Finish
1

Battle of Midway

Smart Strike  – Rigoletta

3YO Colt

$550,000
  • J:Flavien Prat
  • T:Jerry Hollendorfer
  • B:Thor-Bred Stables, LLC
  • O:Don Alberto Stable and WinStar Farm LLC
  • Margin:½
  • TrueNicks: A++
  • Sire: Smart Strike , Bay, 1992. Lifetime: 585 yearlings sold, median $100,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Concerto , Chestnut, 1994.
  • Sale History: 2015 FTSAUG, $410,000.
2

Sharp Azteca

Freud  – So Sharp

4YO Colt

$170,000
  • J:Paco Lopez
  • T:Jorge Navarro
  • B:Cloyce C. Clark Jr.
  • O:Gelfenstein Farm
  • Margin:
  • TrueNicks: B
  • Sire: Freud , Bay, 1998. Lifetime: 256 yearlings sold, median $25,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Saint Liam , Bay, 2000.
  • Sale History: 2014 OBSAUG, $35,000; 2015 OBSAPR, $220,000.
3

Awesome Slew

Awesome Again  – Slewfoundmoney

4YO Colt

$90,000
  • J:John R. Velazquez
  • T:Mark E. Casse
  • B:Live Oak Stud
  • O:Live Oak Plantation
  • Margin:½
  • TrueNicks: D
  • Sire: Awesome Again , Bay, 1994. Lifetime: 433 yearlings sold, median $60,000.
  • Broodmare Sire: Seeking the Gold , Bay, 1985.
4

Practical Joke

Into Mischief  – Halo Humor

Keeneland Sales Graduate

3YO Colt

$50,000
  • J:Joel Rosario
  • T:Chad C. Brown
  • B:Whispering Oaks
  • O:Klaravich Stables, Inc. and Lawrence, William H.
5

Iron Fist

Tapit  – Successful Outlook

Keeneland Sales Graduate

5YO Horse

$30,000
  • J:Ricardo Santana, Jr.
  • T:Steven M. Asmussen
  • B:Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.
  • O:Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
6

Giant Expectations

Frost Giant  – Sarahisittrue

Keeneland Sales Graduate

4YO Colt

$10,000
  • J:Gary L. Stevens
  • T:Peter Eurton
  • B:Sunrise Stables
  • O:Exline- Border Racing LLC, Gatto Racing, LLC and Zubok, Garrett
7

Gato Del Oro

Medaglia d'Oro  – Funny Feeling

Keeneland Sales Graduate

3YO Colt

$10,000
  • J:Jose L. Ortiz
  • T:Richard Baltas
  • B:Summer Wind Farm
  • O:J K Racing Stable LLC and Chandler, Bruce
8

Mor Spirit

Eskendereya  – Im a Dixie Girl

4YO Ridgling

$10,000
  • J:Mike E. Smith
  • T:Bob Baffert
  • B:Elkstone Group, LLC
  • O:Michael Lund Petersen
9 Keeneland Sales Graduate

4YO Colt

  • J:Victor Espinoza
  • T:John W. Sadler
  • B:Mike Abraham
  • O:Hronis Racing LLC
10

Cupid

Tapit  – Pretty 'n Smart

Keeneland Sales Graduate

4YO Colt

  • J:Rafael Bejarano
  • T:Bob Baffert
  • B:JKG Thoroughbreds LLC
  • O:Tabor, Michael B., Magnier, Mrs. John, and Smith, Derrick
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