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Breeders' Cup Mile Winner Master of the Seas (IRE) Highlights Nominees to Maker's Mark Mile

Godolphin’s Master of The Seas (IRE), winner of last fall’s FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) Presented by PDJF at Santa Anita, headlines a roster of 20 nominees for the 36th running of the $600,000 Maker’s Mark Mile (G1) for 4-year-olds and up to be run on the turf Friday, April 12.

Trained by Charlie Appleby, Master of The Seas was beaten a nose by eventual champion Up to the Mark here last fall in the Coolmore Turf Mile (G1) before his Breeders’ Cup triumph.

Four other Grade 1 winners are among the nominees including Charlie Fipke’s Shirl’s Speight, winner of the 2022 Maker’s Mark Mile. Other Grade 1 winners nominated to the race are Jill Baffert and Debbie Lanni’s Du Jour, Little Red Feather Racing, Sterling Stables and Marsha Naify’s GoldPhoenix (IRE) and LSU Stable’s Far Bridge.

Entries for the Maker’s Mark Mile will be taken Friday.

Also slated to be contested April 12 is the fifth running of the $250,000 FanDuel Limestone for 3-year-old fillies going 5½ furlongs on the turf.

The race attracted 39 nominees headed by Wathnan Racing’s Crimson Advocate. Trained by George Weaver, Crimson Advocate won the Queen Mary (G2) at Royal Ascot in England last summer.