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Kip Deville gets the mud washed off his face after winning the Mile.
A field of 13 older horses (reduced from a full 14 when After Market scratched) went to the gate in the $2 million NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (G1), contested at 1 mile around 2 turns of the soft Monmouth Park turf course. European invader Excellent Art was sent of as the 2-1 favorite coming off of 1 win and 2 seconds in his last 3 starts, all in Group 1 company in England. American hope and 4-1 shot Nobiz Like Shobiz was the second choice on the board, winner of three straight, the Jamaica (G2), Kent (G3), and Hall of Fame (G2). 8-1 Kip Deville rounded out the top three on the board, second to the recently retired Shakespeare in the Woodbine Mile (G1) in his final prep.
First time by with Cosmonaut out front followed by Kip Deville, My Typhoon, and Rebellion.
Kip Deville wins the Mile
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 8 Kip Deville Velasquez 18.40 7.20 5.20 13 Ecellent Art Murtagh 4.20 3.00 7 Cosmonaut Leparoux 6.60 Winning Time: 1:39.78 $2 Exacta 8-13 70.80 $1 Trifecta 8-13-7 376.90 $1 Superfecta 8-13-7-9 1,750.30Results chart
Kip Deville gets his flowers. His jockey Cornelio Velasquez said, “"He broke very fast but I didn't want to go to the lead, so I covered him up. At the quarter-pole, I had a lot of horse, and when I was able to get clear, he took off. He absolutely loved (the soft going)."
Left: Kip Deville with his winner's blanket. Michael Iavarone of ownership group IEAH Stables said, "I think it's huge for an owner that's four years old or 40 years old. I think sharing it with everybody was the most exciting part about it. We have 60 or 70 people here with us and that's what took it to the next level as far as I'm concerned. When I buy a horse, he can be bred in Oklahoma, Kentucky or China. You look at the horse's reaction on the racetrack and their soundness and that's what makes you decide to buy a horse, it's not where he was bred at. We bought him right and look where he's brought us to this point."
Right: Kip Deville's fan club in the paddock.
Kip Deville in the post parade. His trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said, "I knew if he liked the grass course he was going to run huge. I wasn't worried about it because there was nothing I could do about it so why worry. What we wanted to do is set off the pace a little bit and make the 1 run. So I wasn't worried about it but it did concern us going in and he answered all the questions today for this grass course. Kip is not a need-to-have-a-jockey kind of horse or a need-to-have-a-track kind of horse. He'll run over anything, with any jockey on him and he'll take you there. But Cornelio gave him an unbelievable ride."
Second place finisher Excellent Art in the paddock with trainer Aidan O'Brien to the right. O'Brien said, "He's a good or fast ground horse. He was drawn very badly but he ran a great race. Johnny gave him a very good ride, but he was drawn outside, so he had to let the race unfold, but he was closing, closing, closing at the end. There might be a race for him in Hong Kong or Japan."
His jockey John Murtagh said, "He handled the
course okay. I followed (Nobiz Like Shobiz) and I liked
where I was. When we made the straight he lugged in a little
bit on me, but I got him straightened away, and he went on with his
running. It was a good effort."
Third place finisher Cosmonaut returns after the race. His jockey Julien Leparoux said, "He handled the turf okay but he may have done a little bit better if the turf were a little more firm. He made a nice easy lead and he ran hard like he always does."
His trainer Francois Parisel said, "I'm very
happy. All the time, this horse runs good. I'm very pleased. I was not
worried about the condition of the turf course. We know this horse can
run on anything. He made a good run at the end to be third.
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