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2008 Breeders' Cup World Championships Saturday Part 2

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Albertus Maximus wins the 2008 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile
Albertus Maximus wins the 2008 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Albertus Maximus wins the 2008 Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile over Rebellion at Santa Anita

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The $1 million TVG Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile is a 1 mile trip around two turns of the Pro-Ride main track. Well Armed was sent off as the 6-5 choice exiting a win in the Goodwood Handicap after finishing a close second in the Pacific Classic. Pat O'Brien Handicap winner Lewis Michael was the 5-1 second choice over 6-1 Albertus Maximus, third in the Goodwood last out.

Two Step Salsa was loose on the lead through fractions of 22.24, 45.02 and 1:08.57 with Lewis Michael stalking him the whole way. Entering the stretch, Lewis Michael faded to eventually finish seventh, as Two Step Salsa continued to lead at the 1/8 pole. Albertus Maximus, unhurried back in 10th early, split horses five wide into the lane and closed with a rush to win by 1 1/4 lengths over late-closing Rebellion in 1:33.41 over the officially fast surface. It was another 1/2 length back to pacesetter Two Step Salsa.
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