Curlin Florida Derby Presented by Hill 'n' Dale Farms at XalapaGulfstream Park
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On the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Saturday card at Del Mar, Space Blues, a 5-year-old son of Dubawi and a Godolphin homebred, outfinished pacesetting Smooth Like Strait in the $1,840,000 Fanduel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by PDJF by a half-length. The 5-year-old Dubawi gelding, making his final start, tracked Smooth Like Strait through the far turn while saving ground before angling out in the stretch and powering to victory.
"I was surprised we went as slow as we did," said jockey William Buick, who rode Space Blues in 11 of his 18 races. "It certainly helped. He settled well and was always in a good spot without having to do too much."
It had been more than two years since trainer Charles Appleby had asked Space Blues to run as far as a mile. The trainer was quick to point out, however, that European milers are of sterner stuff than their flat, turning American cousins. Space Blues was coming off consecutive victories in testing seven-furlong events at York and Longchamp.
"To give you an idea of what we've always thought of him, though," Appleby noted, "I was training him at first with the (Epsom) Derby in mind."
Space Blues finished the mile in 1:34.01 as the 2.10-1 favorite. He retires as whiz at distances from six to eight furlongs and a Breeders' Cup world championship on his résumé, along with the eternal gratitude of his jockey.
"I'll miss him," Buick said. "He was always a pleasure to ride. A great personality, and he didn't really need a jockey. With him, the rider could only mess things up."
The Mile's three-quarter split in 1:11.02 effectively neutralized the chances from anything attacking late. Ivar made the best run to finish a length behind Smooth Like Strait, while Raging Bull was fourth, just ahead of the 6-year-old mare Got Stormy in her final race.
Fastest Time (since 1976): 1:31:71
Greatest Winning Margin (since 1976): 4 lengths
|11/04/2022||Modern Games (IRE)||Charles Appleby||William T. Buick||Godolphin, LLC Lessee|
|11/05/2021||Space Blues (IRE)||Charles Appleby||William T. Buick||Godolphin, LLC|
|11/06/2020||Order of Australia (IRE)||Aidan P. O'Brien||Pierre-Charles Boudot||Smith, Derrick, Magnier, Susan, Tabor, Michael & O'Brien, Anne|
|11/01/2019||Uni (GB)||Chad C. Brown||Joel Rosario||Dubb, M., Head of Plains Partners LLC, LaPenta, R. and Bethlehem Stables LLC|
|11/02/2018||Expert Eye (GB)||Sir Michael R. Stoute||Lanfranco Dettori||Juddmonte|
|11/03/2017||World Approval||Mark E. Casse||John R. Velazquez||Live Oak Plantation|
|11/04/2016||Tourist||William I. Mott||Joel Rosario||WinStar Farm LLC, Wachtel Stable and Barber, Gary|
|10/30/2015||Tepin||Mark E. Casse||Julien R. Leparoux||Robert E. Masterson|
|10/31/2014||Karakontie (JPN)||Jonathan E. Pease||Stephane Pasquier||Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.|
|11/01/2013||Wise Dan||Charles LoPresti||Jose Lezcano||Morton Fink|
|11/02/2012||Wise Dan||Charles LoPresti||John R. Velazquez||Morton Fink|
|11/04/2011||Court Vision||Dale L. Romans||Robby Albarado||Spendthrift Farm LLC|
|11/05/2010||Goldikova (IRE)||Frederic Head||Olivier Peslier||Wertheimer and Frere|
|11/06/2009||Goldikova (IRE)||Frederic Head||Olivier Peslier||Wertheimer and Frere|
|10/24/2008||Goldikova (IRE)||Frederic Head||Olivier Peslier||Wertheimer and Frere|
|10/26/2007||Kip Deville||Richard E. Dutrow||Cornelio H. Velasquez||IEAH Stables, Cohen, Andrew and John A., Cobb, Steve and Robertson, Doug|
|11/03/2006||Miesque's Approval||Martin D. Wolfson||Eddie Castro||Live Oak Plantation|
|10/28/2005||Artie Schiller||James A. Jerkens||Garrett K. Gomez||Timber Bay Farm and Walsh, Mrs. Thomas J.|
|10/29/2004||Singletary||Don Chatlos||David Romero Flores||Little Red Feather Racing|
|10/24/2003||Six Perfections (FR)||Pascal F. Bary||Jerry D. Bailey||Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.|
|10/25/2002||Domedriver (IRE)||Pascal F. Bary||Thierry Thulliez||Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.|
|10/26/2001||Val Royal (FR)||Julio C. Canani||Jose Valdivia, Jr.||David S. Milch|
|11/03/2000||War Chant||Neil D. Drysdale||Gary L. Stevens||Cowan, Marge and Irving M.|
|11/05/1999||Silic (FR)||Julio C. Canani||Corey S. Nakatani||Lanni, J. Terrence, Poslosky, Ken, Schiappa, Bernard C., et al|
|11/06/1998||Da Hoss||Michael W. Dickinson||John R. Velazquez||Prestonwood Farm and Wallstreet Racing Stables|
|11/07/1997||Spinning World||Jonathan E. Pease||Cash B. Asmussen||Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.|
|10/25/1996||Da Hoss||Michael W. Dickinson||Gary L. Stevens||Prestonwood Farm and Wallstreet Racing Stables|
|10/27/1995||Ridgewood Pearl (GB)||John M. Oxx||Johnny Murtagh||Anne Coughlan|
|11/04/1994||Barathea (IRE)||Luca M. Cumani||Lanfranco Dettori||Al Maktoum, Mohammed and Leigh, Gerald W.|
|11/05/1993||Lure||Claude R. McGaughey III||Mike E. Smith||Claiborne Farm|
|10/30/1992||Lure||Claude R. McGaughey III||Mike E. Smith||Claiborne Farm|
|11/01/1991||Opening Verse||Richard J. Lundy||Patrick A. Valenzuela||Allen E. Paulson|
|10/26/1990||Royal Academy||Michael V. O'Brien||Lester Piggott||Classic Ire Stable|
|11/03/1989||Steinlen (GB)||D. Wayne Lukas||Jose A. Santos||Wildenstein Stable|
|11/04/1988||Miesque||Francois Boutin||Freddie Head||Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.|
|11/20/1987||Miesque||Francois Boutin||Freddie Head||Stavros Niarchos|
|10/31/1986||Last Tycoon (IRE)||Robert Collet||Yves Saint-Martin||Richard C. Strauss|
|11/01/1985||Cozzene||Jan H. Nerud||Walter A. Guerra||John A. Nerud|
|11/09/1984||Royal Heroine (IRE)||John H. M. Gosden||Fernando Toro||Robert E. Sangster|