2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Post Positions

2015 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Post Positions

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Liam’s Map, who scored an impressive victory in the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) last time out, will start as the heavy favorite against ten rivals in the $1,000,000 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) on October 30th at Keeneland.

Trained by Todd Plecther, the son of Unbridled’s Song has won five of his seven starts and finished second in both of his defeats, including the Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga, in which he set a fast pace before tiring to be beaten a neck by Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) contender Honor Code.

But although Liam’s Map will be heavily favored in the Dirt Mile, he will face a strong field that includes four-time graded stakes winner Bradester, Kelso Handicap (gr. II) runner-up Red Vine, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile runner-up Tapiture, the speedy and consistent Valid, and 2014 Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Wicked Strong.

The complete field for the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile is as follows:

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I)
1 Red Vine
2 Bradester
3 Liam’s Map
4 Mr. Z
5 Lea
6 Street Strategy
7 War Envoy
8 Wicked Strong
9 Tapiture
10 Valid
11 War Story

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With that run-up, I think I would play the first 5 post positions in some order. Why couldn’t they have just lengthened the chute, making it a one turn mile. If memory serves me right, there is only a 2 lane road and part of one of the farms in back of it