By Rory Carroll

 

DEL MAR, California (Reuters) - World Approval broke free from the pack down the stretch to win the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack on Saturday.

 

After sitting back for the majority of the race, jockey John Velazquez shifted the gray 5-2 favorite into gear after the final turn and ultimately won by a comfortable 1 1/4 lengths.

 

The win was the fourth career Breeders' Cup victory for trainer Mark Casse, who also conditioned 2015 Mile winner Tepin.

 

Promising three-year-old colt Lancaster Bomber came in second while Blackjackcat finished third on the hard, fast turf on a sunny day at the oceanside racetrack.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll, editing by Gene Cherry)