The $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) featured a full field of 14 older horses going 1 mile around 2 turns of the infield turf course Santa Anita. Darley July Cup (G1) ad Prix de la Foret (G1) winner Limato was sent off as the 3-1 favorite. In to challenge him included 7-2 defending champion Tepin, winner of the Queen Anne (G1) and Woodbine Mile (G1) before finishing 2nd in the First Lady (G1), and 15-4 Ironicus, second in the Shadwell Mile (G1) last out.
Tepin chases Tourist in the stretch.
Jockey Tyler Baze sent 47-1 What a View to a clear lead first time by through fractions of 21.81, 44.61, and 1:08.59 while pressed by 13-1 Midnight Storm and stalked by 22-1 Miss Temple City. At the 3/16 pole What a View tired allowing Midnight Storm to gain a short lead through 7f in 1:20.37, but 12-1 Tourist, 6th early, and Tepin, 7th early, rallied through the lane with Tourist prevailing by 1/2 a length in a new stakes record 1:31.71, just 0.02 seconds off the course record. Midnight Storm was a 1 1/4 lengths back in third, while Limato checked in 6th.
Left: Tourist heads to the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "I thought he got away from the gate good. We were actually hoping to be maybe laying third or fourth. It looked like maybe we were back in fifth or sixth position. There was a horse rolling on the lead which, you know, it looked like he was going to set fast enough fractions. So I thought having a rail trip around the first turn and we sort of came out of that unscathed, and I thought, well, now we've just got to get lucky around this next turn, and he did. He found some running room, perfect ride, and the horse ran great."
Right: The trophy presentationwith trainer Bill Mott on the far right. Co-owner Adam Wachtel said, "I actually had approached Elliott when he was a 2-year-old as a dirt horse, I thought he was pretty talented on the dirt as well. But once I saw his turf debut, I thought this horse might be something special. And that summer Bill said to me at one point, he said, I think this one's special. As a 3-year-old we brought him out here, and as Bill said, it was kind of a rough trip. We always believed he was one of the best milers in the world, and I think finally today he proved the kind of talent that he has. This was my first Breeders' Cup win, unlike the rest of them. So this is pretty exciting and pretty gratifying."
Tourist heads out to the track before the race. Winning jockey Joel Rosario said, "It was a good trip, a perfect trip. It looked like they were going fast up front and I just wanted to save ground the whole way around and not have to stop him at any point in the race. I had to take a little hold turning for home to keep my position, but after that he got a clear run."
Right Tourist heads back to the barn.
Left: Second place finisher Tepin first time by. Jockey Julien Leparoux said, "We had a good race. I was right behind the favorite and was in a good spot. She made a run but the winner got a dream trip on the inside. What else can you say about her? She had an incredible year. We were hoping she would end the year with a win but it's been a pleasure to ride her. I'm not sure if they are going to retire her but it has been a pleasure being on her. It's been a thrilling year. It's great."
Right: Third place finisher Midnight Storm returns after the race. Trainer Phil D'Amato said, "He got like the best trip of all time. My horse ran well; he just got beat by two nice horses. Very pleased with the effort. I thought it was a strong edition of the Mile." Jockey Rafael Bejarano added, "I had a beautiful trip, but we drew a bad post which forced me to ask him a little bit earlier to attempt to get clear. He tired a little bit down the lane, but I am very proud of my horse and his big effort."
Beaten favorite and sixth place finisher Limato heads out to the track before the race. Trainer Henry Candy said, "He was possibly a bit green early on. We have no excuses. Everything seemed to go right." Jockey Harry Bentley added, "We got in a good position. He possibly didn't come around the final bend as well as he could. Quite possibly he was not at his best today."
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