Jockey Mike Smith wins his 23rd Breeders' Cup race
Many experts figured Dortmund was the most likely winner on Breeders' Cup Friday, if not the entire weekend, but he didn't even hit the board in the Dirt Mile.
Tamarkuz, a 6-year-old who hadn't won a race in 19 months and was winless in his six previous U.S. starts, shocked Dortmund and the rest of the field, rallying past Gun Runner in the stretch to post a 3 1/2-length win. Accelerate, a 40-1 longshot, edged Dortmund for third.
Sent off at nearly 12-1, Tamarkuz paid $25.80 after running the mile in 1:35.72. He was ridden by Mike Smith, who leads all Breeders' Cup jockeys with 23 victories. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin earned his third Cup victory.