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Jockey Rafael Bejarano celebrates aboard Goldencents after winning the Dirt Mile

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Results

Date: 10/31/2014

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   Turf Sprint   F&M Sprint   F&M Turf   Juvenile   Sprint   Turf   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works


Down the stretch in the Dirt Mile
The $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) featured a field of 9 older horses going 1 mile around 2 turns of the main track. Defending champion Goldencents was sent off as the 7-10 favorite off his close second in the Santa Anita Sprint (G1) after winning the Pat O'Brien (G2). In to challenge him include 5-1 second choice Tapiture, second in the Pennsylvania Derby (G2), and 7-1 third choice Fed Biz, second in the Awesome Again (G1).

Jockey Rafael Bejarano sent Goldencents to the lead and he set fractions of 22.06, 44.80, and 1:09.27 while stalked by 20-1 Vicar's In Trouble. At the top of the lane, Goldencents opened up a 3 length lead over Tapiture. Kept to task by Bejarano, Goldencents cruised to a 1 1/4 length win in 1:35.16. It was 5 more lengths back to 9-1 Pants On Fire third.

Goldencents wins the Dirt Mile
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
  1   Goldencents        Bejarano          3.40   2.60  2.10
  9   Tapiture           Napravnik                3.80  3.00
  4   Pants On Fire      Lopez                          4.00

Winning Time:  1:35.16

$1 Exacta 1-9                          7.10
$1 Trifecta 1-9-4                     35.50
$1 Superfecta 1-9-4-7                328.90
Results chart

Left: Goldencents heads to the winner's circle. Trainer Leandro Mora said, "This is very exciting. When I saw Tapiture coming, I started to sweat. But, Goldencents kept trying and I started to relax. I felt fine. He wasn't going to let anyone beat him today."

Right: Goldencents in the post parade. Winning jockey Rafael Bejarano said, "I knew I was going fast and I had to find a way to give him a little break from the 3/8 to the 1/4 pole. I was able to do that.  When the other horse started to come to me, I held onto him just a little bit before I turned him loose. When I turned him loose, he fired big."


The trophy presentation with owners Josh Kaplan (far left) and Glenn Sorgenstein (far right) and and trainer Leandro Mora (second from right). Sorgenstein said, "He just did everything to plan.  The hard work to get here, I can't tell you how much it means to have a guy Leandro by my side and Doug O'Neill at the helm.  I mean, these guys do an incredible job.  They're there for us 100% and for this horse. We just couldn't be happier."

Left: Second place finisher Tapiture returns after the race. Trainer Steve Asmussen said, "He was tremendous.  To have a 3-year-old you are trying to win the Derby with in the spring and have him step up like that today is really something.  Hats off to the winner, who is the (first) repeat winner of the (Dirt) Mile, but my horse has heart.  He's all heart. This is the winner's home track and this is his specialty, and my horse had been running longer and was shortening up today. I'm very, very proud of him."

Right: Third place finisher Pants On Fire returns after the race. Jockey Paco Lopez said, "(Trainer) Kelly (Breen) told me to get out of the gate well and establish a good position, which I did. The only problem I had in the race was when (Tapiture) crowded me a little at the 3/8. The leader never stopped running."

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   Turf Sprint   F&M Sprint   F&M Turf   Juvenile   Sprint   Turf   Mile   Classic
Friday Results Summary: Juvenile Turf  -  Juvenile Fillies Turf  -  Dirt Mile  -  Distaff
Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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