Handicapping the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile: Expert Picks and Predictions 🏆

The first of nine Breeders’ Cup races on Saturday is the $1 million Dirt Mile (race 3, post time 2:30 p.m.).

Cody’s Wish is almost everyone’s choice to complete a dream career for his pal, Cody Dorman. He’s the 9-5 favorite. The Preakness winner National Treasure is also in the seven-horse field at 8-1.

Dorman, now 17, was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome; as a result, Dorman uses a wheelchair and communicates with a tablet. In 2018, he met the foal named for him at a farm in Kentucky, and the two formed a strong bond.

Who wouldn’t pick Cody’s Wish?

Below are the picks from the team at usracing.com

Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile: Picks, Predictions and Odds

The Professor:

1 Cody’s Wish 2 Zozos 3 National Treasure

“Short price, great storyline.”

Mr. Tout:

1 Cody’s Wish 2 National Treasure 3 Skippylongstocking

“Defending champion Cody’s Wish improves to 8-for-8 at a mile as racing’s ultimate feel-good story adds a chapter.”


1 Cody’s Wish 2 Stage Raider 3 National Treasure

“Son of Curlin, trained by Hall of Famer Mott, best pal is Cody Dorman; winning combo.”


1 National Treasure 2 Charge It 3 Cody’s Wish

“At 8-1 odds on the Preakness winner, and Baffert at his home track, this translates to an upset.”


1 Cody’s Wish 2 National Treasure 3 Charge It

“Ignoring logic, analytics, and reason here.”

Harriet ‘Capper:

1 Cody’s Wish 2 National Treasure 3 Charge It

“A repeat win is likely at a very short price.”


2023 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile Odds and Post Positions

PP Horse Odds Trainer Jockey
1 Stage Raider 12-1 Cherie DeVaux Brian Hernandez, Jr.
3 Cody’s Wish 9-5 Bill Mott Junior Alvarado
4 Zozos 6-1 Brad H.Cox Florent Geroux
5 Charge It 5-1 Todd A. Pletcher John Velazquez
6 Skippylongstocking 12-1 Saffie Joseph, Jr. Tyler Gaffalione
8 Shirl’s Bee 20-1 Dallas Stewart Luis Saez
9 National Treasure 8-1 Bob Baffert Flavien Prat
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