Enable wins Breeders' Cup Turf

Lynette Rowe
November 4, 2018

It's wonderful for her owner-breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah. "We were in good shape the whole way". "He's finished now, he's been a fabulous horse, with a great attitude to life".

Accelerate took care of that notion.

Accelerate surged down the stretch to win the US$6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Saturday, delivering trainer John Sadler his first career win at the competition in 45 tries.

As for the California-based Accelerate being named this year's top thoroughbred, Sadler said he'd leave that up to media who vote on the Eclipse Awards. Despite racing just twice this season, Enable could still challenge for Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse, especially if she triumphs November 3. "Once she got the front, she started flicking her ears and looked nice and relaxed", said Servis.

But he didn't have to say how much it probably meant.

"Want to guess how many texts I got?" he asked smiling, before revealing the answer: 102. It could shake up the votes for Horse of the Year honors too.

Stormy Liberal, a six-year-old gelding, joined Mizdirection (2012-13) as the only repeat victor of the race.

The Pennsylvania bred recently won the La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine and previous year, opened her career with a win in the Ontario Debutante Stakes and a second-place finish in the Mazarine Stakes. "For me, I'm prejudiced".

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"I took the lead, and then I just had to keep after him because he's the kind of horse that he wants you to ride him, and then he give it to you".

"The horse just ran his eyeballs out". Less than two months after sweeping the triumvirate of races for 3-year-olds, Justify's owners sent him to stud duty because of an injury. The 4-year-old British filly became the first horse to win both prestigious races in the same year. "As a 5-year-old, he's come out of those Classic races in good shape physically and continued right on".

Eight other Cup races were run on Saturday to go with the five for two-year-olds that were contested on Friday.

Joel Rosario rides Game Winner to victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile horse race at Churchill Downs, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. The 4-year-old filly has now won nine straight races and has two wins in the Arc de Triomphe on her resume. "He's going to have to jump and race a lot faster than he (usually) does the first two furlongs".

Rosario, who won the Juvenile Fillies on the back of Jaywalk earlier in the day, was looking to continue his winning ways when riding favorite Accelerate in the US$6 million Breeders' Cup Classic yesterday.

"You talk about a rough trip", said Baffert, who trained this year's Triple Crown victor Justify as well as 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah.

"We've got the big one", he said.

"Of all the Breeders' Cup races, this was the one I really wanted", Baffert said. The bay daughter of Lope de Vega, who captured the Grade 2 Miss Grillo at Belmont on September 30, was first out of the gate and first home in the one-mile turf event, stopping the clock in 1:39 flat over a yielding turf.

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