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Trainer Mark Casse and owner Charlotte Weber lead World Approval to the winner's circle.

World Championships
Breeders' Cup Mile Results

Date: 11/04/2017

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The $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) is for older horses going 1 mile on the turf. Fourstardave (G1) winner World Approval was the 5-2 favorite in the full field of 14, off his win in the Woodbine Mile (G1). In to challenge him included 7-2 Ribchester, winner of the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (G1) but 2nd in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1), and 8-1 Suedois, winner of the Boomerang Stakes (G1) and the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1).

World Approval leads a cavalry charge in the stretch.

23-1 Midnight Storm set the pace of 22.30, 45.65, and 1:10.04 while pressed by 16-1 Heart to Heart and stalked by 27-1 Home of the Brave. Entering the lane Heart to Heart briefly led through 7f in 1:22.36 but faded after World Approval, 5th early under John Velazquez, closed late to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths over 13-1 Lancaster Bomber in 1:34.55. It was a head back to 19-1 Blackjackcat third.

World Approval wins the Mile
Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 5   World Approval     Velazquez         7.40   4.80  3.80
 4   Lancaster Bomber   Heffernan               13.60  8.00
13   Blackjackcat       Desormeaux                     7.40
 
Winning Time:  1:34.55

$1 Exacta 5-4                         48.50
$1 Trifecta 5-4-13                 1,057.70
$1 Superfecta 5-4-13-8             6,406.20
Results chart

Left: World Approval heads to the winner's circle. Winning trainer Mark Casse said, "I was a little concerned early on because there was so much speed. But, this horse came into this race in just great order and he was ready. Norman (Casse, his son and assistant) and his team deserve so much credit for getting him to this point. This is quite a way to cap our last Breeders' Cup together (now that Norman is going out on his own). Maybe now we'll be running in Breeders' Cups against each other.

Right: Singer/actress Jewel presents the trophy to owner Charlotte Weber. Casse added, "It means so much to win this race for Mrs. (Charlotte) Weber. I am so proud to train horses for her and to win this race for her. This is all really very special."

Left: World Approval in the post parade. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "He was between horses and switched leads coming down the lane. He always had it for me. Horses like him make you look good. He's been perfect for me."

Right World Approval heads back to the barn while trainer Mark Casse looks on.

Left: Second place finisher Lancaster Bomber returns after the race. Jockey Seamus Heffernan said, "I had a peach of a position throughout the race and they all knew I was there on the inside. He's been running well all year. He loves the fast ground."

Right: Third place finisher Blackjackcat racing toward the back of the pack first time by. Trainer Mark Glatt said, "It looked like he had a great shot at the top of the lane. He made that big sweeping move, but was way wide. He had to be because he was wide most of the way coming from the 13 hole. If he'd been able to save some ground that would have helped. But, (jockey) Kent (Desormeaux) did the right thing by swinging him out and going around all of them and then setting him down for the big run."


The horses break from the gate for the Mile. Kent Desormeaux aboard Blackjackcat said, "What an explosive move he made at the three-eighths pole. He ran his eyeballs out."

Saturday Results Summary:   Juvenile Fillies   Turf Sprint   F&M Sprint   F&M Turf   Sprint   Mile   Juvenile   Turf   Classic
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