Breeders' Cup Could Determine Europe's Top Award

Breeders' Cup Could Determine Europe's Top Award

While Accelerate did nothing but enhance his chances of being named Horse of the Year by winning the Breeders' Cup Classic yesterday, Justify, only the second undefeated Triple Crown victor in the annals of racing, was a precarious leader in the clubhouse. "She really relaxed. She broke really sharp and wanted one thing-she wanted to go, so I dropped my hands and let her be happy and let her do it the rest of the way". After his maiden win at Del Mar, he went on to take the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Grade I American Pharoah at Santa Anita.

Accelerate's challengers include a strong foreign contingent that features Japanese-bred Yoshida, trained by two-time Classic victor Bill Mott and owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club International - who teamed up to take Justify to the Triple Crown.

The Breeders' Cup welcoming top global horses is not news, but it's worth pausing to consider the lineup for this year's World Championships that arrived from overseas.

The Breeders' Cup World Championships continue Saturday under the Twin Spires with nine races leading up to the $6 million Classic, which could crown the U.S. Horse of the Year.

The two-year-old will be ridden by jockey Oisin Murphy who then partners The Mackem Bullet for dual-purpose Malton trainer Brian Ellison in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over one mile at the iconic Churchill Downs - home of the Kentucky Derby.

He said: "I was yelling for Frankie, it was just a fantastic race".

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"This has not been an easy year with her but she won the Arc". The official attendance for Friday was 42,249, Churchill Downs said.

Baffert was looking to do the same as two of his horses, McKinzie and West Coast, were competing in the showcase race. She just runs them off their feet ... He is owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing, all ownership partners in this year's Triple Crown victor Justify. Eight had tried and failed before her, including John Gosden's Golden Horn three years ago, and Enable had to work hard to get past Aidan O'Brien's Magical in the final furlong as the two fillies pulled clear of their pursuers.

"She was training like a monster and ran like a monster", said Louisville-based trainer Brad Cox, who earned his first Cup victory.

She recorded back-to-back Arc victories last month and was strongly fancied in her bid for immortality. "Once she got the front, she started flicking her ears and looked nice and relaxed", said Servis.

Peter Miller made Breeders' Cup history as the first trainer to saddle two repeat winners in the same Breeders' Cup races.

Speaking of Enable's light season, Godson added: "To be honest I would have preferred to bring her here after last year's campaign, which was absolutely smooth, yes she won five Group 1s but I would have liked to have come here a little bit on the crest of the wave".

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