Enable wins Breeders' Cup Turf

Game Winner winning the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita

Game Winner winning the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita

Accelerate took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off Gunnevera to win the $6 million Classic by a length Saturday, strengthening his bid for Horse of the Year over Triple Crown victor Justify.

A number of changes contributed to the impressive number and quality of global runners at Breeders' Cup. The 5-year-old was scheduled to be vanned to Lane's End Farm where he'll get some "R & R" and be shown to prospective breeders as a future stallion. "He's really a champion".

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. "We jogged him up and down the road [outside Churchill Downs' Barn 43] and he looked very sound and happy".

Enable went where Dancing Brave, Sakhee, Golden Horn and Found could not when she became the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor to follow up at the Breeders' Cup, recording history in the Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday (Sunday morning AEST). Her wheels were spinning and I was struggling to hold my position.

A decision on whether Enable stays in training will not be made in haste.

He had to wait for a review before wearing the purple and yellow Breeders' Cup winner's blanket as the stewards looked at a bump with Uncle Benny just before the wire. Soon after Stormy Liberal out-dueled favorite World of Trouble to retake the $1 million Turf Sprint by a neck, 6-year-old Roy H swept past Promises Fulfilled and flew to a 3 1/4-length win in the $2 million Sprint. The 4-year-old British filly became the first horse to win both prestigious races in the same year. "With what he accomplished, in such a short amount of time, he deserves Horse of the Year", Cox said.

The John Gosden-trained filly didn't get her four-year-old season underway until September thanks to a leg injury, but that didn't stop the bay star from winning a second straight Arc on October 7 with Frankie Dettori in the irons. "I'm not saying it was, but that was a pretty big compliment".

Ballydoyle trainer O'Brien has trained 124 Breeders' Cup starters, with 12 wins. He also confirmed that Richard's Boy and Conquest Tsunami appear no worse for the wear. "We're prepared for the worst and hope for the best".

"There is a strong European challenge for the 2018 Breeders' Cup, and the performances of Enable and Roaring Line at Churchill Downs will help determine the victor of the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award", said Harry Herbert, racing consultant to the Cartier Awards. "That's a good sign", he said.

"He scared me", Stoute said of Dettori's trip on Expert Eye after the horse had to battle back from a poor start. "The Cigar Mile is an option".

Bulletin, making just his second career start, shot out of the gate like a bullet and was never behind, winning the first running of the Juvenile Turf Sprint by 2 3/4 lengths.

"Oh absolutely. I think that way all the time", Sadler said.

Rosario closed out the Breeders' Cup action with a rousing score aboard the undefeated Game Winner.

"I thought she was going to have us, but it was a wonderful stretch run between two great fillies and two great jockeys". I was waiting for her to give me the message that she was ready to go, and I could see Magical on my inside. "Right now, we have no immediate plans and nothing penciled in". It was the seventh win for the four-year-old Irish-bred filly who was sent off as the 3-1 second choice.

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