By Jarrod Horak
The Breeders’ Cup Saturday card is in the books and I will look back at all the action in two articles. In this post, I will review the BC Dirt Mile, Filly & Mare Turf, Filly & Mare Sprint, Mile, and Distaff. Check out my Breeders’ Cup Saturday 2023 recaps below.
Breeders’ Cup Saturday Recaps
BC Dirt Mile
A thrilling finish in this flat mile contest. Flavien Prat was intent on the early lead from the outside post aboard Preakness hero National Treasure. He discouraged the other speed horses through splits of 22.21, 46.02, and 1:09.78. He spurted away by 2 1/2 lengths after six panels and strong favorite Cody’s Wish was the only one with a chance to catch the Bob Baffert speedster, and what a great ride from his pilot Junior Alvarado. Last year’s BC Dirt Mile hero was gathering momentum from off the pace, and the son of Curlin moved up inside, angled out, and confronted the longtime leader. There was some bumping going on in deep stretch and Cody’s Wish gamely prevailed by a nose over National Treasure. There was an inquiry into the stretch run but no change was made to the original order of finish. The stewards made the right call. Skippylongstocking chased the pace and was miles clear of the rest. The final time was 1:35.97 and Bill Mott was the winning trainer.