2023 Breeders' Cup Mile at a Glance

The field is ready to go for the $2 million FanDuel Breeders' Cup Mile presented by PDJF at Santa Anita. (Carlos Calo/Eclipse Sportswire)

The FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile Presented by the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund typically brings together some of the world’s best turf runners.  This year’s 40th edition at Santa Anita is no exception with five starters with international connections playing prominent positions in a race that has showcased some of the Breeders’ Cup’s brightest stars.


Racetrack: Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, Calif.

Date: Nov. 4

Purse: $2 million

Distance: 1 mile turf

Race: 6

Post Time: 1:30 p. m. Pacific

Notable winners: Modern Games (2022), Uni (2019), Tepin (2015), Wise Dan (2012-13), Goldikova (2008-10), Da Hoss (1996, 1998), Lure (1992-93), Miesque (1987-88), Cozzene (1985), Royal Heroine (1984).

First held: 1984

1. Shirl’s Speight (30-1): He was second in last year’s 2022 Breeders' Cup Mile at a whopping 55-1 odds and figures to be a big price once again. With the prospect of a ground-saving trip from the rail and exiting a runner-up finish in the Grade 1 Ricoh Woodbine Mile, he certainly deserves a close look.

JOCKEY: John Velazquez TRAINER: Roger Attfield

2. Gina Romantica (12-1): Chad Brown-trained filly has blossomed in her last two starts, winning the Grade 1 First Lady presented by UK HealthCare and beating a top rival in stablemate In Italian. A filly and mare can thrive in this race as evidenced by Goldikova and Miesque, among others.

JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione TRAINER: Chad Brown

Luis Saez aboard Casa Creed. (Gary Johnson/Eclipse Sportswire)

3. Casa Creed (8-1): The 7-year-old would be best suited by a 6 ½-furlong sprint but he’s quite accomplished at a mile, winning the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga the last two years. A very serious threat in this field.

JOCKEY: Luis Saez  TRAINER: Bill Mott

4. Win Carnellan (30-1): Japanese runner has struggled in Grade 1 races and will need to take a few steps forward to land in the winner’s circle here.

JOCKEY: Kosei Miura  TRAINER: Yuichi Shikato

5. Lucky Score (30-1): Should not be overlooked here, especially at the price. Missed by a head in the Grade 2 Nearctic Stakes at six furlongs and has been no worse than third in his last nine tries. The mile might be a bit long for him but he could land in the exotics, especially with Irad Ortiz Jr. jumping aboard.

JOCKEY: Irad Ortiz Jr. TRAINER: Mark Casse

6. Mawj (4-1): Speedy 3-year-old filly won Keeneland’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes presented by Dixiana in her U.S. debut. Faces a tough assignment here, but there’s not an abundance of early speed which can help her chances.

JOCKEY: Oisin Murphy TRAINER: Saeed bin Suroor

7. Masteroffoxhounds (30-1): The mile distance seems a tad short for him based on his strong efforts at a mile and a quarter. The pace here will not flatter him.

JOCKEY: Edwin Maldonado TRAINER: Phil D’Amato

8. Du Jour (6-1): Ideally suited by a mile with a mark of four wins and three seconds at the distance. Lost by a neck in  the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Kilroe Mile Stakes at a mile at Santa Anita in March. Could give Baffert his first Breeders’ Cup win on turf.

JOCKEY: Flavien Prat TRAINER: Bob Baffert

9. Astronomer (20-1): Was second in a Grade 2 turf stakes at Santa Anita in September, but faces a tough climb into Grade 1 waters for the first time.

JOCKEY: Ryan Moore TRAINER: Simon Callaghan

Songline. (Kaz Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire)

10. Songline (5-2): A multiple Grade 1 winner in Japan, she had a nice prep in a Grade 2 stakes back home last month. Didn’t fire in a Saudi Arabia race in February in which Casa Creed finished second, but seems quite capable of a more representative effort here.

JOCKEY: Keita Tosaki TRAINER: Toru Hayashi

11. Kelina (6-1): Won the prestigious Prix de la Foret in France but was 27-1 that day. His other tries in Group 1 stakes do not inspire confidence.

JOCKEY: Maxime Guyon TRAINER: Carlos Laffon-Parias

12. Exaulted (20-1): Some intriguing results, like a win in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile Stakes at Santa Anita in the spring, but his running style may work against him from this post.

JOCKEY: Juan Hernandez TRAINER: Peter Eurton

13. More Than Looks (15-1): Three-year-old colt tries his elders for the first time in a stakes and could be a late threat. Will need a great ride from Rosario to avoid a costly wide trip.

JOCKEY: Joel Rosario  TRAINER: Cherie DeVaux

14. Master of The Seas (7-2): With a better post, he’s the top pick. But from post 14 a lot can go wrong. He looked very impressive in his two North American starts but they were from the rail.

JOCKEY: William Buick TRAINER: Charlie Appleby

THE PICK: Songline 


SUPERFECTA: 10-3-14-8

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