Enable Overcomes Arc/Breeders' Cup Hoodoo with Game Turf Win

Kristopher Nichols
November 4, 2018

If Newspaperofrecord were to travel to Britain next year, Royal Ascot would doubtless be the likeliest destination, and she could lend some real x-factor to the meeting were she to turn up in this sort of shape.

Attendance is expected to be well over 100,000 for the 35th Breeders Cup World Championships, the ninth time Louisville's historic racetrack has hosted the event.

Line Of Duty entered the Derby picture after surging up the Churchill Downs straight to win the Juvenile Turf, getting Britain off the mark at this year's Breeders' Cup. The Juvenile Fillies was her first race around two turn and she finished 1 1/16 miles in a classy time of 1:43.62.

Frankie Dettori took charge of the 35th Breeders' Cup here in Kentucky on Saturday as he completed an exceptional double aboard Enable, the Arc victor, in the Breeders' Cup Turf, having earlier ridden a brilliant race to take the Mile on Expert Eye in the shadow of the post. I just held her together and she relaxed. In the last 100 yards, he really got down and sprinted home.

Though unable to seriously threaten the victor, Restless Rider was able to hold off Vibrance by a 1/2-length. "In a flawless world, it would be wonderful to see her here on the first Friday in May", he said. "I had to rein him back and basically restart the race", the rider said.

Accelerate, though, was simply too strong in the stretch and he stayed on bravely for Joel Rosario to beat the outsider Gunnevara with Thunder Snow a creditable third under Christophe Soumillon. They took no action.

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"He's deserving of winning the awards this year", Sadler said. And Godolphin manager Hugh Anderson pointed out Godolphin has had four impressive 2-year-old winners in England, Ireland and France in the past few weeks so Sheik Mohammed's cupboard of 2019 Classic contenders is overflowing. He also rode Jaywalk to a wire-to-wire victory by 5 ½ lengths in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. The 2-year-old son of the late City Zip, sent off at odds of 4-1, flew out of the starting gate in the Juvenile Turf Sprint, taking the lead and turning back Chelsea Cloisters in the lane to win by 2 3/4 lengths. "The ground made it hard for her today, but she's a superstar". East, a Frankel colt, came from the clouds to finish second, best of a very good European contingent.

Oisin Murphy is going to receive abundant kickback aboard Roaring Lion and whether this iron-tough grey can handle new and hazardous conditions is in the lap of the gods.

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

The relieved jockey said: "I've never been so tense on a racecourse, but that was a great decision by the stewards because we saw the best horse won the race".

Bulletin won at first asking at Gulfstream Park Sept. 29 in the Hollywood Beach Stakes, leading all the way to a 7-lengths victory over firm turf.

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