Bulletin makes big news in the Juvenile Turf Sprint
Bulletin made every yard of the running for a smart victory in the Listed Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.
The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships got underway with this new race, over 5 ½ furlongs.
Thirteen two year-olds lined up for this contest, including six from Europe.
At the break it was Bulletin who stormed into the early lead from Chelsea Cloisters.
Bulletin continued to blaze a trail with Chelsea Cloisters to the outside and joining issue at the top of the stretch.
Straightening for home, the front two continued to dominate, with Soldier’s Call unable to respond.
Bulletin saw them all off though and went three lengths clear late on for a decisive victory under Javier Castellano, with Chelsea Cloisters fading late on but holding on for second. So Perfect finished fast and late for third, best of the Europeans.
Newspaperofrecord annihilates rivals in the Juvenile Fillies’ Turf
Newspaperofrecord won as she liked with a faultless performance in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ Turf.
A field of fourteen two year-old fillies lined up for this one mile contest.
From the gates it was Newspaperofrecord and La Pelosa who cut out the running.
Heading into the first turn, Newspaperofrecord was clear of La Pelosa, with Concrete Rose next and then Pakhet.
The leader took the runners off the inside as she headed down the back, chased by La Pelosa and Concrete Rose.
Heading into the home stretch, the field moved wide, with Newspaperofrecord storming further clear of flailing rivals.
Newspaperofrecord and Irad Ortiz won by seven lengths, easing down, with East second and then came Stellar Agent and Just Wonderful.
Jaywalk dominates in the Juvenile Fillies
Once again, it paid to make the pace, as Jaywalk made all the running before drawing clear for an impressive victory in the Grade One Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Ten two year old fillies went to post for this race on the dirt, over one mile and ½ a furlong.
Jaywalk and Serengetti Empress were well away, with Bellefina coming to join in at the first turn.
Settling down and heading into the back stretch, Jaywalk went 1 ½ lengths up on Serengetti Empress, with Bellefina next.
Jaywalk still led into the top of the stretch, with Bellefina poised and Restless Rider to the inside.
Straightening up, Jaywalk still led and found more as Restless Rider and Vibrance struggled to close.
Jaywalk and Joel Rosario powered on to win by six lengths from Restless Rider, Vibrance and the disappointing Bellefina.
Glory for Godolphin with Line Of Duty in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf
Line Of Duty came with a late run to put Europe on the board with victory in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.
Fourteen contested this one mile race, including four Europeans.
At the start it was Forty Under who went on but was soon passed by Somelikeithotbrown, heading into the first turn.
Racing into the back stretch, it was Somelikeithotbrown who led by a length from Forty Under and Opry, with Arthur Kitt racing handily.
Heading to the top of the stretch, Somelikeithotbrown still led Forty Under, with Arthur Kitt close up.
Straightening up, Somelikeithotbrown still led, but Line Of Duty came flying down the outside under William Buick, with Uncle Benny.
Line Of Duty gradually overhauled the long-time leader and at the line got up narrowly from Uncle Benny and Somelikeithotbrown, with Arthur Kitt fourth.
The Charlie Appleby trained Line Of Duty, a son of Coolmore stalliojn Galileo, was yet another Godolphin Group One winning juvenile colt, after Quorto, Royal Marine and Royal Meeting.
Game Winner much the best in the Juvenile
Game Winner kept his unbeaten record with a resounding win in the Grade One Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
A field of thirteen colts took part in this one mile and ½ a furlong race on the dirt.
Tight Ten, Well Defined and Complexity set the early pace into the first turn.
Settling down, Complexity seized command and moved 1 ½ lengths clear of Knicks Go and Well Defined, with Topper T close to the pace.
Complexity appeared to lose his action approaching the home turn and Knicks Go set sail for home, with Game Winner coming to join battle.
The two horses bumped and it was Game Winner who came out of it the better, powering away under Joel Rosario.
The Bob Baffert trained colt passed the post the comfortable winner, making it four from four, with Knicks Go a gallant second, clear of Signalman and Mr. Money.
Shamrock Rose wins a Sprint thriller
Shamrock Rose left it late, very late, as she agonisingly denied Chalon to win the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs.
Fourteen lined up for this seven furlong race on the dirt.
Selcourt went on from the break with Miss Sunset and Happy Like A Fool next.
Up front, Selcourt was joined by Happy Like A Fool, with Chalon moving to the inside, as they turned for home.
Into the home stretch, Chalon burst clear and went away from Golden Mischief.
But the pack closed as the line approached and it all became desperate for Chalon, who had made her run for freedom.
In the shadow of the post, three rivals came to join Chalon and it was Shamrock Rose and Irad Ortiz Jr. who inched their way to a last gasp victory.
Chalon came home third, ahead of Anonymity and Marley’s Freedom, with maybe half a length covering the quartet.
Stormy Liberal doubles up in the Turf Sprint
Stormy Liberal won a compelling home stretch tussle with World Of Trouble, to make it consecutive wins in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.
Fourteen competed in this 5 ½ furlong dash.
Stormy Liberal and Havana Grey were among the early leaders.
World Of Trouble went on at the top of the stretch, with Stormy Liberal challenging to the outside and this pair drew miles clear, in a gripping duel.
Nether horse would relent but Stormy Liberal and Drayden Van Dycke got up to maker it back to back victories for the Peter Miller trained six year old.
World Of Trouble but just edged out of the victory but it takes two horses to make a great race.
A long, long way back in third came Disco Partner, with Ruby Notion fourth.
City Of Light dominates in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile
City Of Light was all class as he dominated from start to finish in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
Nine horses went to post for this contest.
At the break it was City Of Light who took the field along from Seven Trumpets and Catalina Cruiser.
City Of Light soon asserted as the field raced down the back, with Catalina Cruiser, Seven Trumpetts and Firenze Fire.
As the field turned for home, City Of Light continued to lead next to the rails and he moved clear straightening up.
In the home stretch, City Of Light powered five lengths clear of toiling rivals.
At the line, City Of Light and Javier Castellano was a comfortable three lengths clear of Seeking The Soul, with Bravazzo claiming third.
Sistercharlie’s class prevails in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf
Sistercharlie came from way back to land the Grade One Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf with a touch of class.
A field of fourteen contested this 11 furlong race.
Wild Illusion proved troublesome at the gates and took an eternity to go in.
From the break it was A Raving Beauty and Princess Yaiza who set the only pace, as the field careered into the first turn.
A Raving Beauty set a moderate pace from Magic Wand, Princess Yaiza and Wild Illusion, with Thais next and then Smart Choice.
Heading into the back stretch, A Raving Beauty still had the call from Magic Wand and the pace was still sedate.
At the top of the stretch, A Raving Beauty was first to turn in, with Magic Wand and Wild Illusion challenging, while Sistercharlie stormed down the outside.
With every yard, Wild Illusion and Sistercharlie caught A Raving Beauty, and it was a question of whether the line would come in time for the front runner.
Wild Illusion hit the front with yards to spare, but Sistercharlie and John Velazquez had the move covered and had enough in hand to edge into the lead right on the line. A Raving Beauty was a close third, with Magic Wand running well in fourth.
The four year old, Sistercharlie, a daughter of Myboycharlie, ran second to Senga in the Prix de Diane last year, when she was trained in France. She later moved to Chad Brown’s barn and has been a revelation in North America.
Roy H goes back to back in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint
Roy H took apart his rivals with an imposing victory in the Grade One Twinspires Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Nine of North America’s fastest dirt track specialists contested this six furlong event.
Promises Fulfilled broke well with Distinctive B.
Heading down the back stretch, Promises Fulfilled moved 1 ½ lengths clear of Distinctive B and Roy H.
That was the order turning into the home stretch, with Promises Fulfilled passed down the outside by Roy H, while Imperial Hint began to close.
But Roy H and Paco Lopez were four lengths clear and held an unassailable lead as they romped to back to back wins in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Whitmore tried to chase down the winner but was still three lengths down at the wire, with Imperial Hint third and Promises Fulfilled fourth.
Expert Eye delivers in the Breeders’ Cup Mile
Expert Eye was delivered late by Frankie Dettori, to sensationally snatch victory in the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Fourteen contested this race, with European trained horses making up eight of the line-up.
However, controversy had marred the build-up to this race when the Freddy Head filly Polydream, was scratched by local vets, who believed her odd walking action meant she was lame. They refused Head’s requests to show her striding out on the racetrack and barred her from the race.
At the break it was Analyze It who went on from Lightning Spear, as they headed into the first bend.
Heading down the back, Analyze It and Lightning Spear set the pace with Mustashry moving up on the outside to dispute the lead.
Mustashry and William Buick went on with a bunching group, with Analyze It and Catapult with the leaders.
Turning for home, Analyze It was challenged by Divisidera, Lightning Spear and Catapult.
Analyze It found more with Catapult fighting, but Frankie Dettori produced Expert Eye down the wide outside.
With the post coming ever nearer, Expert Eye overhauled the leaders in exhilarating style to give Sir Michael Stoute another Breeders’ Cup winner.
In a blanket finish, Catapult was second, with Analyze It third and Divisidero fourth.
Dettori, who won this race in 1994 aboard Luca Cumani’s Barathea, said: “The turbo kicked in and he won cosily in the end. Once he found his footing, he was away. Now that he is calm, he is a proper racehorse.”
Prolific Monomoy Girl continues her run in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff
Monomoy Girl broke the hearts of her rivals in the Grade One LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Eleven fillies and mares contested this nine furlong race on the dirt.
From the gates it was Wonder Gadot who went on with Monomoy Girl to the outside in third, ahead of Abel Tasman.
Into the first bend, Wonder Gadot led Monomoy Girl and Abel Tasman, with Blue Prize settled in fourth.
Wonder Gadot continued to lead, but Monomoy Girl pressed on on the final bend, chased by Blue Prize, as Abel Tasman back-tracked as if something was amiss.
Monomoy Girl turned it on in the home stretch, and reached the line a comfortable winner from the closer Wild Cat to the inside, with Midnight Bisou just taking third from Blue Prize.
Monomoy Girl and Florent Geroux ran out clear cut winners and the Brad Cox trained filly continues to simply win.
Enable makes history in the Breeders’ Cup Turf
Enable’s legend grew even more as she won the Grade One LONGINES Breeders’ Cup Turf.
Thirteen took part in this 1 ½ mile race with all eyes on the dual Arc heroine Enable.
As the gates opened it was Glorious Empire who went to the lead from Channel Maker, with Enable settled just off the pace, as the field went into the first bend.
Glorious Empire turned into the home stretch for the first time, with a narrow lead from Channel Maker and Hi Happy, with last year’s winner Talismanic next and then Enable.
Heading out into the back stretch, Glorious Empire still held the call from Channel Maker and Hi Happy, with Hunting Horn moving third, to the outside of Enable.
As the leader faded on the top turn, Hi Happy turned for home in front of Hunting Horn, but with Magical and Enable coming wide and challenging.
Enable hit the front down the centre of the track, with Magical fighting hard.
But Enable had enough reserves and held off her persistent rival to become the first Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner to win at the Breeders’ Cup in the same year.
Magical ran a fantastic race in second, with the two fillies pulling miles clear of the rest of the field.
Sadler’s Joy took third, ahead of Arklow.
This was a memorable victory for Frankie Dettori, who had won earlier on Expert Eye.
He said: “She conquered America and is the first one to do it!
“Her wheels were spinning around the bend so I took a wide trip. I went for the better ground and she found another gear.
“She conquered America! She done it! She is very special!”
Winning trainer John Gosden said: “It was a big ask for the filly everyone knows she has had a difficult year.
“It was a tough race. Frankie was determined to stay wide looking for better ground.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful stretch run from two great fillies.
“She has been very brave and mentally strong to get herself here.
“Maybe she is getting better. But she did it today with sheer guts and determination.”
This was wonderful fulfilment for owner Prince Khalid Abdullah, fully 32 years after Dancing Brave had run a disappointing race in this correponding contest, when fourth at Santa Anita.
Accelerate holds on for Breeders’ Cup Classic success
Accelerate won a pulsating renewal of the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Classic.
A field of fourteen assembled for the big race on the card, over 1 ¼ miles.
Mendelssohn was quickly bustled up into the lead by Ryan Moore and went on from Mckinzie and set a punishing early pace.
Heading down the back, the tempo slackened a little, but Mendelssohn continued to lead Mckinzie and Thunder Snow, with West Coast and then Accelerate.
Heading to the home turn, the field was strung out and Mendelssohn was still powering on.
But Accelerate cruised up on his outside and went on into the lead with Thunder Snow closing between the pair.
Mendelssohn’s resolve faded and Accelerate and Thunder Snow settled down to a battle.
Accelerate and Joel Rosario saw off the Godolphin runner and the final challenges came outside, with Gunnevera closing, but not able to reach his foe in time.
Third home came Thunder Snow, who just held off Yoshida, and then Mendelssohn in fifth.