Breeders' Cup 2018 at Churchill Downs

Ross Houston
November 4, 2018

Dettori, though, left Kentucky having won on two of his three rides, demonstrating once again that his hunger and instincts are sharper than ever, almost a quarter of a century on from his first Breeders' Cup win, also at Churchill Downs, in 1994. Game Winner and Knicks Go brushed before the horse broke away for the win to improve to 4-0 lifetime.

New this year, app users will be able to enjoy Breeders' Cup VR, a virtual reality and 360-degree broadcast that will provide live views from three main areas at Churchill Downs: the backstretch, paddock and Winner's Circle. Signalman was a length back in third. "These races are hard to win".

"To me, he's the Horse of the Year, no doubt", Sadler said.

Trained by Peter Miller and ridden by Drayden Van Dyke, Stormy Liberal went off at odds of 7-1 and prevailed by a neck over World of Trouble after dueling the 2-1 favorite down the stretch.

The Shoemaker Award is based on a 10-4-2-1 scoring system on first- through fourth-place finishes in each of the 14 Breeders' Cup World Championship races.


The hot prospect for the $3.3 million first prize in the one-and-a-quarter mile race - the same distance as the Kentucky Derby - is the John Sadler-trained Accelerate, a multiple victor at the top level in the US.

"He broke fine, but it looked like they took my spot and I had to go wide", said Rosario, who has eight Breeders' Cup titles after winning twice on Friday. Kept to task through to the wire, Bulletin crossed with a 2 1/4-length advantage in a final time of 1:05.54 for the 5 1/2-furlong event over the good turf course. He seemed like he didn't mind that.

It was not a pretty victory as the chestnut colt, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, did not break well from the gate and bumped into Knicks Go while making his move from the outside down the stretch. An ankle issue forced Justify to retire unbeaten in July, leaving Saturday's marquee Breeders' Cup Classic without the sport's most notable horse.

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.

Going forward, Game Winner's name is in the mix as the next possible star.


- Line of Duty survived a lengthy postrace review before stewards upheld his half-length victory over Uncle Benny in the $1 million Juvenile Turf.

Triple Crown and 2015 Breeders' Cup victor American Pharaoh highlights an undercard that also features future Hall of Famers Cigar and Zenyatta, while the Breeders' Cup Mile will feature some of the best horses from Europe.

Newspaperofrecord posted her third straight dominating win in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, leading all the way to a 6 3/4-lengths victory.

I'm starting my card for the $1 million Turf Sprint with the No. 11 World of Trouble (6-1). It gave co-owners Winstar Farm and China Horse Farm another significant win six months after claiming the Derby with Justify.


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