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Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Grade I race
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
Location United States
Inaugurated 2007
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Breeders' Cup official website
Race information
Distance One mile (8 furlongs)
Track Dirt, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old & up
Weight Weight for Age
Purse US$1,000,000

The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is a 1-mile (1.6 km) Weight for Age stakes race for thoroughbred racehorses three years old and up. As its name implies, it is part of the Breeders' Cup World Championships, the de facto year-end championship for North American thoroughbred racing, and is run on a dirt course (either natural dirt or a synthetic surface such as Polytrack). This contrasts with the similar Breeders' Cup Mile, run on grass. All Breeders' Cups to date have been conducted in the United States, with the exception of the 1996 event in Canada.

The race was run for the first time in 2007 during the first day of the expanded Breeders' Cup at that year's host track, Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. It became a Grade I event in 2009.[1].

The purse is $1 million US. The 2007 race was held at a distance of 1 mile 70 yards (1673 m) instead of the normal distance of 1-mile (1.6 km) because of the configuration of the dirt track at Monmouth Park.


Automatic Births

Beginning in 2007, the Breeders' Cup developed "The Breeders' Cup Challenge," a series of races in each division that alloted automatic qualifying bids to winners of defined races. Each of the fourteen divisions has between three and six of these, "Win and You're In," qualifiers. In the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile Classic Division there are four automatic births. In 2009, the Win and You're In races are: the Salvator Mile, a grade three race at Monmouth, the San Diego Handicap, a grade two race at Del Mar, the Longacres Mile, a grade three race at Emerald and the Spend A Buck Handicap a grade three race at Calder Race Course.


Most wins:

  • No horse has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a jockey:

  • No jockey has won this race more than once.

Most wins by a trainer:

  • No trainer has won this race more than once.

Most wins by an owner:

  • No owner has won this race more than once

Winners of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile since inception











Furthest Land


Julien Leparoux Michael J. Maker Ken & Sarah Ramsey





Albertus Maximus


Garrett Gomez Vladimir Cerin Brandon & Marianne Chase






Kent Desormeaux James A. Jerkens Centennial Farms



See also

  • American Thoroughbred Racing top Attended Events



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