Breeders' Cup 2011 Results: Caleb's Posse Rips Past Shackleford, Wins Dirt Mile

Dan TylickiAnalyst INovember 5, 2011

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 10:  Exercise rider Faustino Aguilar takes Shackleford for a morning training session in preparation for the 143rd running of The Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 10, 2011 in Elmont, New York.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The latest race in the Breeders' Cup has come and gone, and the dirt mile, one of the faster races in the two-day event, is done.

As expected, Shackleford charged out, along with The Factor, to an early lead. Both led for the first half of the race, and as the horses ran through the final turn, Shackleford pushed ahead and led the pack and looked like he was finally going to redeem himself.

Instead, Shackleford did exactly what he has done in nearly every race. In the final straightaway, he lost some speed and ended up falling just short, finishing second.

On the opposite side of the track, Caleb's Posse was near the back of the pack until the final turn. That's when he made the charge past horse after horse. He showed far more speed than the others, and after pushing past Shackleford in the final 100 yards, he ended up with the win.

Neither a frontrunner nor a longshot, Caleb's Posse came off a win at the King's Bishop Stakes and was looking at add to that today. He did exactly that, beating the big name and showing himself as a horse that fans need to know more about.

Jockey Rajiv Maragh, meanwhile, is fast becoming a name to know after riding Caleb's Posse to victory; he also rode Mucho Macho Man in the Kentucky Derby, guiding him to a third-place finish.

It was a great race for Caleb's Posse, and a four length victory shows that he definitely earned the win.