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Jockey William Buick celebrates aboard Master of the Seas after the Mile.

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FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile Results

Date: 11/4/2023

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The $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) presented by PDJF featured a field of 13 older horses. Yasuda Kinen (G1) winner and Songline was sent off as the 3-1 favorite off her second place finish in the Mainichi Okan (G2), both at Tokyo Racecourse. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Master of the Seas, winner of the Woodbine Mile (G1) but 2nd in the Coolmore Turf Mile (G1) at Keeneland, and 9-2 third choice Mawj, winner of the One Thousand Guineas (G1) at Newmarket and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland.

Down the stretch in the Mile with Master of the Seas closing in the center.

Jockey Kosei Miura sent 41-1 Win Carnelian to the lead first time by through fractions of 22.16, 45.37, and 1:09.12 while pressed by 54-1 Astronomer and stalked by Mawj. Turning for home the leaders tired allowing Mawj to inherit the lead through 7f in 1:20.89. Master of the Seas, 12th early under William Buick, came out wide for room and rallied to get up by a nose over Mawj in 1:32.45. It was another 1/2 length back to 6-1 fourth choice Casa Creed third, while favorite Songline checked in fifth beaten just 1 1/4 lengths.

Master of the Seas wins the Mile
Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
14   Master of the Seas  Buick             8.60   4.80  4.20
 6   Mawj                Murphy                   6.40  4.60
 3   Casa Creed          Saez                           5.40
 
Winning Time:  1:32.45

$1 Exacta 14-6                        19.90
$1 Trifecta 14-6-3                   165.90
$1 Superfecta 14-6-3-2               764.50
Results chart

Left: Master of the Seas in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Charlie Appleby said, "He's been beaten three times a short head in Grade 1s, so we know the horse has got the engine, he just needed the breaks and he got them today in a fashion from a draw where William gave him an outstanding ride. We were always going to have to play slingshot and that's easier said than done, but Will gave him the ride he needed and he got up on the line when it mattered. That's the name of the game. He will go to Dubai now, but he's got an invitation to the Pegasus (World Cup), so we might take a look at that."

Right: The trophy presentation for the Mile. Winning jockey William Buick said, "Obviously it was a tough post position in 14 so it was never going to be easy. We had to ride him for his turn of foot and the pace was good. I was lucky on the turn as I didn't have to pull out as wide as expecting. Once passing the quarter-pole he took off. I was then always confident he would get there. Credit to the horse and Charlie's record at Breeders' Cup is amazing. These races aren't easy at all and I'm absolutely delighted."

Left: Master of the Seas exits the paddock. Buick added, "The pace was good and even throughout the race, and he managed to conserve his energy. I looked up halfway down the back, and I thought that's a lot of horses to pass. On the home turn, I was a bit lucky because the horse in front of me didn't pull out, so I didn't turn in as wide as what I thought I would have to. So I managed to conserve a little bit more ground than what I expected. Once he went past the 1/4 pole, he just took off. I can't really gauge where -- how far I was behind Mawj, but I knew the way my horse picked up and sustained his run, he was always going to get there. I was always confident he was going to get there."

Right Master of the Seas heads back to the barn after the race. Hugh Anderson representing Godolphin, owners of the first two finishers said, "For me, watching two outstanding Godolphin horses and their jockeys battling it out at the end of a race like that, it's very exciting. It's thrilling. They're both homebreds. I've got to give every credit to Saeed bin Suroor and Mawj, the only filly in the race, she ran fantastically. Charlie and William set this up beautifully. Charlie gave us every ground to be pessimistic because of the draw, and sure enough, the plan came off. Yes, Master of the Seas is a gelding. Yes, I'm sure we'll see him racing on, Charlie. It couldn't have been more exciting. Thank you very much to everybody at Godolphin. Will and Charlie have both finished the season really, really strongly. There was a little bit of a lull midseason, but we're finishing very well."

Left: Second place finisher Mawj returns after the race. Trainer Saeed bin Suroor said, “She ran a huge race and I’m happy with the way she ran. Oisin (Murphy) gave her a great ride and gave it everything and she tried so hard. She’s a tough filly. Now we will take her back to Dubai and point to the Jebel Hatta and Dubai Turf.”

Right: Third place finisher Casa Creed in the paddock. Jockey Luis Saez said, “We had a pretty good trip.  He broke nice and he was right there in a good position. At the top of the stretch I thought I was going to win.  He didn’t give up.  Those are two pretty good horses that beat us.” Trainer Bill Mott added, "Luis rode a great race. Perfect position. Casa Creed is one of those warriors. Look who beat him. I will go back and review their forms, they are top horses. They are top horses when they are in Europe. I have no complaints. I am grateful. I don't know what Lee (co-owner Einsidler) thinks, but I think he will be pleased.”

Left: Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Songline. The Toru Hayashi trainee has a record of 7 wins, 3 seconds, and 1 third in 17 starts, earning $6,273,801 for owner Sunday Racing Company Ltd.

Right: The horses break from the gate for the Mile. Javier Castellano aboard fourth place finisher Ivar (6) said, "I really like the way he did it. He was in a beautiful spot behind the other horses. He was surrounded by horses and it covered us from the wind. He traveled beautifully every step of the way. I like the way he finished. All the horses spread and horses were getting tired so I went through my hole that I was looking for and he responded. He tried really hard, but unfortunately the European horses are really good quality. He just got beat by a length. We're really happy with it."

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