Breeders' Cup off and running at Churchill Downs

Heather Diaz
November 4, 2018

Accelerate's connections plan to run him in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup on January 26 to cap his career before he retires to Lane's End Farm to begin his stud career.

Attendance is expected to be well over 100,000 for the 35th Breeders Cup World Championships, the ninth time Louisville's historic racetrack has hosted the event.

Enable had to work for the historic success which saw her become the first Arc victor to follow up at the same year's Breeders' Cup.

"It was a big ask for our filly, and she greatly deserved it".

In the end, though, she responded to Dettori's urging and powered past her rival halfway down the straight, then stayed on strongly all the way to the line.

"The Classic is a newer race but a great race, and he won that so smashingly".

Even if he isn't recognized as this year's top thoroughbred, Accelerate all but assured his place as North America's best older horse. Accelerate has won five Grade I races in this year alone.

"I went for the better ground and she found another gear". His jockey pulled him up before Thunder Snow made it to the first turn in one of the most weird Derby performances in recent memory.

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Dettori said he steered Enable wide to get on fresh ground and she responded. I don't think I've ever trained a horse that after their first three starts we never let her run.

"I was looking for a big effort from her, but I didn't expect for her to go to the lead again. She showed her class today".

Teddy Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid's racing manager, played a straight bat when the question of Enable's future was raised. Ridden by Javier Castellano, the four-year-old colt took command shortly after the start and pulled away in the stretch while 4-5 favourite Catalina Cruiser struggled on the outside and finished well back. "That's my view on things", jockey Oisin Murphy said. "We tend to move on far too quickly".

Dettori's 13th win at the Breeders' Cup had arrived an hour earlier, when Michael Stoute's Expert Eye finished fast and late in the Mile. "He broke like a shot and put me in a real good position".

Trained in Southern California by last year's Triple Crown victor, Bob Baffert, Game victor got a bit of a slow start in the Juvenile and jockey Joel Rosario had to settle him behind the leaders early. 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. In the last 100 yards, he really got down and sprinted home.

Live racing continues at Aqueduct on Breeders' Cup Saturday with the Grade 3, $150,000 Turnback the Alarm at nine furlongs for 3-year-olds and up, combined with full simulcast coverage of the Breeders' Cup in Louisville, highlighted by the $6 million Classic, with a locally scheduled post of 5:44 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Aqueduct with first post set for 11 a.m. Fans purchasing a program on Saturday will receive a free Aqueduct Tumbler.

Leading Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien will be represented by his experienced three-year-old Mendelssohn in the contest.

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