World Approval was favored to win the Woodbine Mile (G1) and he didn’t disappoint, winning the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” qualifying race, which earned him an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1).
World Approval dueled with Dragon Bay early and the duo were pressed by Deauville and Conquest Panthera on the outside through the turn. World Approval would pull away at the inside of the three-sixteenths pole, and would eventually cross the finish line in first by 2 1/2 lengths in a winning time of 1:33.05.
“The more I read the form, the more I looked at the horses, no one seemed to want to be on the lead,” said jockey John Velazquez. “He broke really well, so I kind of held the whole group all the way into the middle of the track to see if anybody wanted to take the lead, and no one went. When I got to the turn, I dropped in. I kind of sat against him, and he settled really nice. At the quarter pole, I asked him to run, and he responded right away, and got away from the horses pretty easily.”
World Approval’s trainer, Mark Casse, who is the leading trainer at Woodbine, won his second consecutive Woodbine Mile. Last year he trained Tepin to victory in the Woodbine Mile and they would finish second in the Breeders’ Cup Mile to Tourist.
“As long as he’s healthy, we’re going to the Breeders’ Cup,” said Casse. “I don’t think I would change places with anybody. He’s good right now. I thought his race was impressive. It’s not exactly the way he wants to run. I’ve said all along that I think he wants a target. There wasn’t a whole lot of speed. Johnny realized that, and rode him accordingly.”