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. Accelerate made a sweeping move in the far turn and was in charge at the top of the stretch, then held off Gunnevera for his fifth consecutive Grade 1 victory and sixth of seven overall this year. "He's had a great year and he looks great, so we're really looking forward to this weekend". To win the Santa Anita Handicap (in March) was for me probably one or two on my bucket list.
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, the man behind Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, is targeting a fourth Classic win in five years.
The five-race "Future Stars" card, featuring 2-year-olds on both turf and dirt, also might have turned up a prospect for the original Derby - the one in England - as well as next year's Kentucky Oaks.
"These horses, the field, they've made over $36 million - that's remarkable", said United States trainer Bob Baffert - who saddled Classic winners in 2014, "15 and '16 but has never won the biggest Breeders" Cup prize when the two-day, 14-race festival has been held beneath Churchill's twin spires in Louisville, Kentucky. However, the colt, who has won more than $8.5 million in his career, has been aimed at the Classic since winning the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March.
"This has not been an easy year with her but she won the Arc". "With what he accomplished, in such a short amount of time, he deserves Horse of the Year", Cox said. She went in there not 100 percent, so it took a little time to get over it but I've been pleased with her since.
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"He broke well but then he took a false step and lost his position and I had to look for a plan B", Dettori said. The official attendance for Friday was 42,249, Churchill Downs said. She just runs them off their feet ... Jockey Paco Lopez earned his first Breeders' Cup victory.
Gunnevera, Thunder Snow and early pace setter Mendelssohn made things interesting before 70,423, an upside to the absence of horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor from the Classic. "Someone did tell me that they thought that Monomoy Girl's campaign was the most impressive by a 3-year-old filly since Rachel Alexandra".
Enable followed up last month's Arc de Triomphe victory by winning the $4 million Turf by 3/4 lengths over Magical.
TITO'S HANDMADE VODKA BREEDERS' CUP JUVENILE FILLIES-GI, $1,806,000, Churchill Downs, 11-2, 2yo, f, 1 1/16m, 1:43.62, ft. She has now won nine races in a row, including the Turf, two Arcs, two Classics and the King George at Ascot.
"He didn't break very good, but I managed to get on the good patch of ground", Dettori said. "Everybody in Europe knows how good she is, so if she can come here and conquer America it would be something wonderful".