Albertus Maximus Wins BC Dirt Mile

Oct. 25, 2008 at 2:50 PM

ARCADIA, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Albertus Maximus came around the leaders on the turn and went on to win Saturday's $1 million TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita.

Rebellion was second, 1 1/4 lengths back, after leading briefly. Two Step Salsa set a brisk pace and led until the top of the stretch, then held on gamely to finish third.

With Garrett Gomez riding, Albertus Maximus ran the 1 mile on the synthetic surface in 1:33.41, just four one-hundredths of a second off the track record.

Albertus Maximus, a 4-year-old son of Albert the Great, came into the Dirt Mile with two wins in six starts this year racing exclusively in California. He had finished a quick-closing third behind Well Armed in his last race, the 9-furlong Goodwood Handicap over the same surface a month earlier.

Well Armed went to the post Saturday as the favorite but couldn't keep pace in the stretch run and finished well back.

Like Us on Facebook for more stories from UPI.com  
Latest Headlines
Top Stories
New York Yankees take care of distracted Los Angeles Angels
UFC title-bout pullout has MMA chirping
Burnett, homers propel Pittsburgh Pirates over Detroit Tigers
Women's World Cup: Own goal sends Japan to final
Shumpert, Thompson sticking with Cleveland Cavaliers