ARCADIA, Calif. -- Tamarkuz was fed a steady diet of one-turn races throughout his career, but in his 20th and perhaps final career start, he successfully stretched out around two turns to win the $1 million Breeders Cup Dirt Mile on Friday at Santa Anita, scoring an 11-1 upset over the likes of Dortmund, Gun Runner, and Runhappy.The win was his first in a Grade 1 race, an important milestone for a 6-year-old horse owned by Sheikh Hamdans Shadwell Stable, where he will go to stud, perhaps quite soon. Though his connections wouldnt yet say he was retired, they acknowledged that this win will take Tamarkuz to a new level when we take him home, said Joe DeSantis, the assistant racing manager for Shadwell.Tamarkuz was always intended for the Dirt Mile. Shadwell also had pre-entered Frosted in the Dirt Mile, as well as the Classic, and ended up putting him in the Classic on Saturday. Both are trained by Kiaran McLaughlin.Now all the media knows why Frosted is running in the Classic. We knew we had a horse who would win the Dirt Mile, McLaughlin said, laughing.Tamarkuz ($25.80), with Mike Smith aboard, rallied into a hot pace and drew away for a 3-1/2-length victory in the two-turn mile. Gun Runner held on for second by a neck over Accelerate.The races disappointments were its early leaders. Dortmund, sent off at 3-5, pressed the pace of Runhappy but tired in the lane and was fourth. Runhappy, last years champion male sprinter, set a quick pace for a half-mile but began a steady fade on the final turn and finished eighth in the nine-horse field, his second straight disappointing race since returning from a nine-month layoff.Tamarkuz was fractious behind the gate before the start, then raced wide while toward the rear for the first part of the race. The pace, though, was to his liking -- an opening quarter in 22.45 seconds, a half in 45.37. He closed steadily at the weary front-runners, got the lead at midstretch and was never in danger thereafter. He completed one mile on the fast main track in 1:35.72.This is so satisfying, DeSantis said. This is what he needed -- a two-turn race with speed.Gun Runner pressed the pace while three wide, got the best of Dortmund and Runhappy, but could not stave off Tamarkuz. Dortmund seemed to show the effects of three straight losses against California Chrome prior to this race.Tamarkuz, by Speightstown, was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther, was purchased as a yearling for $325,000 by Shadwell, and began his career in Britain before heading to Dubai and then last year to the United States. In six prior starts for McLaughlin, he had never won, but in his last two starts, he had finished second in the seven-furlong Forego to A. P. Indian and second in the one-turn-mile Kelso to Anchor Down.Hed been second, fourth, a little unlucky, McLaughlin said. We knew he had potential.We thought he was sitting on a big effort, DeSantis said.The victory was the third in a Breeders Cup race for McLaughlin, all with horses owned by Shadwell.Its a great honor. Its fabulous to be part of that team, McLaughlin said.Tamarkuz has now won eight times in 20 starts, and the $550,000 he earned on Friday increased his career earnings to $1,840,444.Hes very well balanced. He should make a nice stallion, McLaughlin said.DeSantis said his boss, Rick Nichols, and Sheikh Hamdan would decide whether Tamarkuz races again. If this was his final start, it was quite the curtain call. Kolton Miller Stitched Jersey . Barcelona also left injured defenders Carles Puyol, Javier Mascherano and Jordi Alba out of its squad for the trip to Glasgow. That means that Marc Bartra will probably start again in the centre of the defence alongside Gerard Pique. 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So he would wake up by 7 a.m., turn on the TV and watch as many innings of a major league night game as possible before it was time to go to school.My parents would leave to go to work, and I would be sitting there watching and then wind up running late for the school bus, he said. It was a 10-minute walk to get to the bus, and I would usually leave with five minutes to go, so I would have to run to the bus. And if I missed the bus, I would have to run to school.Young Australian baseball fans have been able to watch Hendriks on their screens in recent seasons, though that might have meant being very, very late for the school bus in 2016 since he pitches for the Oakland Athletics, who usually play in the Pacific time zone.There have been 30 Australian-born major leaguers, beginning with Joe Quinn from 1884-1901. He would be the only Aussie in the majors for another 85 years until Craig Shipley played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1986 to start a growth in the sport Down Under. Dave Nilsson reached the majors as a catcher in 1992 and went on to become an All-Star, as did Grant Balfour, who debuted in 2001 and also pitched in a World Series.At the start of this season, Hendriks was the only Aussie in the majors, but three more were called up later: Detroit Tigers rookie pitcher Warwick Saupold, Minnesota Twins rookie third baseman James Beresford and veteran reliever Peter Moylan, who made it back to the big leagues with the Kansas City Royals.We go through peaks and valleys with guys coming over here, Hendriks said. Well go through the stage when a lot of kids are coming over here a lot more, and then well go through the stage where not so much. Lately, weve had a lot of kids going to college over here [in the U.S.] rather than go into pro ball. Some guys who might have been fringe players, they can head to college and maybe mature a little bit and hone their skills a little bit under American tutelage, which generally is a bit better than some of the Australian coaches down there.Hopefully these [three] guys getting in the big leagues this year definitely will spur a wave. Well see how long that takes to kick in, but generally we have 40 guys in the minors at any one time. The number is usually 30-plus kids trying to get their chance, and hopefully clubs will recognize how much they persevered to get over here and how much they sacrificed as well for that opportunity.Hendriks, 27, got his start in baseball as a child, when his parents gave him the choice between playing the very popular cricket or the less popular T-ball. They said, T-ball is like half an hour every Saturday and cricket is like six hours every Saturday. You can choose whatever you want but ...He chose the quicker game and wound up loving baseball. 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Heading into Fridays game, he had a 3.79 ERA in 51 appearances for the As this season, more than a run below his career mark of 4.91.Hes an aggressive guy that just wants to pitch, and hes moved himself up to spot where its a prominent role for us, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. Aggressiveness is his thing. I dont want to stereotype, but it seems like a lot of the Australian players are aggressive guys.Melvin has managed a fair number of Aussies, including four in 2012, when pitchers Grant Balfour, Travis Blackley and Rich Thompson and third baseman Luke Hughes all were with the As. Well, we wear green and gold uniforms, so you would expect them to want to come here, Melvin said, referring to Australias national colors.Hendriks says the Australian Baseball League, which started in 2010 and receives some funding from MLB, is helping the sport grow there. Former big leaguers such as Nilsson and Graeme Lloyd provide valuable coaching while active, and former minor leaguers provide good competition on the field (the ABL season runs from November to February).Weve been lucky that we have had a lot of guys whove had professional baseball experience over here, Hendriks said. Anytime you get a chance to work with a guy like Graeme, it can take you from being a fringe guy to all of a sudden youre learning a new pitch or a new technique and way to attack hitters that gives you an edge that some scouts are looking for and the opportunity to maybe come over here.There are also more scouts in Australia these days. As Aussie former big leaguer Ryan Rowland-Smith said before the 2014 MLB opener that was played in Sydney: When I signed 13 years ago, there were a handful of teams that were serious about sending scouts over and trying to sign you. 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