He was a four-time indoor/outdoor NCAA champion at Texas, and won last year's International Mile
Men's mile: Leo Manzano, 3:52.41, in International Mile
, reset by Matthew Centrowitz, 3:50.53, in Bowerman Mile
After landing the Group 2 International Mile
Trial from The Duke in November, he had looked unlucky when losing out to the same horse in the Hong Kong Mile a month later, but his form is on an upward curve and he won with something to spare on Sunday.
Leonel Manzano won the international mile
in 3:52.41 while Jordan McNamara was second at 3:52.89.
In those terms, DBS has increasingly strong credentials, boosted by last year's Group winners Kinnaird (Prix de l'Opera-Gr1), Dave's Best (Cathay Pacific International Mile
Trial-Gr2), Penkenna Princess (Dubai Duty Free Stakes-Gr3), Balthazaar's Gift (Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte-Gr2), and Speciosa (Rockfel Stakes-Gr2).
Men's international mile
, 12:33 p.m.: Though the official field won't be announced until later today, expected participants include Oregon Track Club Elite's Jordan McNamara and Patrick Casey; Evan Jager, the American record-holder in the 3,000 steeplechase; David Torrence, who set a PR of 3:52 at the Pre in 2012; and two-time Olympian Lopez Lomong.
DAVE'S BEST may have earned himself an invitation to the Group 1 Hong Kong Mile on December 11 after his 78-1 shock victory over Bullish Luck in the Group 2 Cathay Pacific International Mile
Trial at Sha Tin yesterday, writes Bob Tran.
2 Ayanleh Souleiman, 21, of Djibouti, who won bronze in the 800 at the World Championships last summer, is also entered in the race, as is South African Johan Cronje, the bronze medalist in Moscow, and James Magut of Kenya, who won the last two Pre Classic International Mile
His next race will be the Cathay Pacific International Mile
Trial on November 20."
Brown was all set to run the International Mile
at the Prefontaine Classic, but he suffered a mild right quad strain during a speed workout earlier in the week, and opted to play it safe.
Silent Witness maintained his unbeaten record with an easy win in the International Sprint Trial, while Lucky Owners completed the double in the International Mile
Men's International mile
, 7:41 p.m.: Two-time Olympian Andrew Wheating, of OTC Elite, and training partner Russell Brown are local headliners.