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“Championship Saturday” Was All That…and More!

“Championship Saturday” Was All That…and More!

The Breeders’ Cup more and more is turning into as anticipated an occasion because the Kentucky Derby.

This version had the additional advantage of happening at Churchill Downs, and that website’s historic Derby legacy contributed to creating this Breeders’ Cup among the many most memorable.

There have been any variety of nice storylines to remove from the two-day occasion.

With so little time and a lot “track” to cowl, let’s assessment every of the races and share our Prime 5 Takeaways from #1 to #5, 4 on “Championship Saturday” and one from “Future Stars Friday.” We’ll additionally listing the highest 5 finishers of these 5 races, including any applicable race notes and quotes.

Full protection of the winners and the highest 5 finishers, in addition to the official replay of all 14 races could be discovered at together with full statistics for each race. 

Saturday, Nov. Three, 2018 


$6 million complete – Three-year-olds & Up – 1 mile and 1/Four – Filth

Speed up #14, ridden by Joel Rosario, wins the Breedersí Cup Basic on Breeders’ Cup World Championship Saturday at Churchill Downs. ©Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Takeaway #1

Perhaps he’s that good.

How the race performed out:

Mendelssohn and jockey Ryan Moore received the break coach Aidan O’Brien hoped for and went proper to the lead within the anticipated repeat of the velocity tactic that gained a runaway UAE Derby (UAE-1) and put away Diversify within the Jockey Membership Gold Cup. It virtually labored.

McKinzie and West Coast tracked shut by on the surface as did Thunder Snow on the rail and favourite Speed up moved inside from far outdoors submit 14 to save lots of floor because the quartet blazed by means of a :22.68 seconds first quarter. Yoshida and Gunnevera have been behind the pack, helped later within the race by the quick tempo.

Mendelssohn settled in with a slower tempo, nonetheless within the lead on the half and three/Four mile markers. Gunnevera, Yoshida and Lone Sailor path as Discreet Lover makes a transfer however features little floor. Mendelssohn has softened as they arrive across the second flip into the stretch as he, McKinzie, West Coast and now Speed up are head-to-head throughout the monitor.

Speed up, nicely…accelerates on the quarter pole to take the lead and Thunder Snow has roared in from fifth to attract alongside Mendelssohn, now in second and tiring. He begins to fall again as Gunnevera and Yoshida, ready for this second, make their strikes. Each overtake Mendelssohn and Thunder Snow. Gunnevera continues to be closing on the end, however runs out of monitor as Speed up will get the win. Thunder Snow rallies for third.

Prime 5 finishers: 1. Speed up 2. Gunnevera Three. Thunder Snow (IRE) Four. Yoshida (JPN) 5. Mendelssohn

Notes & Quotes:

Speed up coach, John Sadler, lastly shook the “0-for-Breeders’ Cup” monkey from his again, however he needed to stay to enterprise—whereas making a not-so-veiled plea to Eclipse Award Horse of the Yr voters.

“You realize the ‘John Sadler human-interest story’ is an effective line, however this must be concerning the horse,” Sadler stated. “I hope people (RRG note: read “Eclipse Award voters”) will zero in on his campaign—five Grade 1 victories with four at the classic distance of a mile and a quarter and usually carrying high weight. He showed [in the Classic] with horses from around the world, that he was the best horse. He’s really a champion.”

Speed up will return to Southern California to coach for what is probably going his last race, the $9 million Pegasus Handicap at Florida’s Gulfstream Park Jan. 26, earlier than being retired to stud.

Sadler additionally beamed on the point out of Catapult and his runner-up end within the Mile.

“We’re actually pleased with him. It was an excellent second…and he received beat by coach Sir Michael Stoute’s Professional Eye, in order that places him in good firm. Catapult will run subsequent within the Jan 26. $7 million Pegasus Turf, the grass companion to the Handicap.

Thunder Snow returns to Dubai to coach for a protection of his Dubai World Cup. There was no agency phrase from Aidan O’Brien on future plans for Mendelssohn, although he might contend in subsequent month’s Longines Hong Kong Worldwide Races, nor from Bob Baffert about West Coast and McKinzie.


$Four million complete – Three-year-olds & Up – 1 mile and half

A jubilant Frankie Dettori crosses the end line with Allow within the BC Turf ©Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Takeaway #2

It takes the appropriate horse and the appropriate rider to win a horserace.

How the race performed out:

Superb Empire goes proper to the lead with Channel Maker second on the within. Allow is third. Robert Bruce, Hello Glad and Searching Horn keep shut by. Magical is 5 lengths off the lead at this stage. They full the primary quarter in :24.65 seconds, a average tempo. Hello Glad strikes into third and Talismanic into fourth as they cross the end line the primary time within the 1 half mile contest. Allow has dropped to fifth 5 1/2 lengths again and Magical has misplaced one other size as they full the half mile in :49.11 seconds. Searching Horn strikes into fifth place, Magical strikes up a notch forward of Allow into sixth.

On the mile marker, Allow is simply Three lengths off the lead, however in seventh place with 4 horses side-by-side-by-side in entrance blocking her path.

At this level, jockey Frankie Dettori makes a fateful choice. He strikes Allow to the surface, dropping some floor and will lose the race if any one of many quartet within the lead has any velocity left.

They don’t. However Magical, the opposite filly, does and jockey Ryan Moore additionally strikes out of the gang with Allow because the pair transfer an eventual 14 lengths broad to the middle of the monitor in what turns into a match-race Three/Four-mile dash. The remainder of the sector is now thus far behind, they’re out of digital camera view, “racing royalty!” the race announcer screams because the grandstand cheering turns into deafening. They cross the end line, and…

…racing historical past is made because the consecutive Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe victor with barely over a month’s relaxation and a transatlantic flight for a race over a course she has by no means seen or set hoof on, turns into the primary Breeders’ Cup race winner by Three/Four size in 2:32.65 and the primary horse to win each the Arc and the Turf in the identical yr.


Prime 5 finishers: 1. Allow (GB) 2. Magical (IRE) Three. Sadler’s Pleasure Four. Arklow 5. Waldgeist (GB)

Notes & Quotes:

In a type of moments that make any sport as sporting as it’s aggressive, jockeys Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore shared a quick handshake as they rode side-by-side whereas cooling down their horses after the race.

Frankie Dettori and Ryan Moore share a congratulatory second after an exciting BC Turf battle. ©Mary Meek/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Coach John Gosden visited Allow early Sunday and was happy with the daughter of Nathaniel.

“She is absolutely fine this morning,” reported Gosden. He indicated a choice can be made later whether or not to maintain her in coaching and on the monitor. Gosden’s Basic entry, Roaring Lion, was reported high quality as nicely, however has run his final race. The son of Kitten’s Pleasure will now go to stud at Tweenhills.

Talismanic holds invites to the Hong Kong Cup and the Hong Kong Vase, however coach Andre Fabre is withholding a choice till a dialog with house owners after his return to Chantilly.


$2 million complete ­­– F & M Three-year-olds & Up – 1 mile and 1/eight – Dust

A decided Florent Geroux wants no whip to induce Monomoy to the Longines BC Distaff lead. ©Michael McInally/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Takeaway #Three:

Justify isn’t Eclipse Award Horse of the Yr simply but.

How the race performed out:

This was purported to be between Kentucky Oaks winners, favourite Monomoy Woman and second selection Abel Tasman. It was not.

Abel Tasman breaks poorly as Canadian filly Marvel Gadot goes to the early lead and closes floor going to the rail. Monomoy Woman strikes up beside her as Abel Tasman strikes into third. Mopotism strikes into fourth across the first flip.

Marvel Gadot holds the lead into the backstretch as Argentina’s Blue Prize strikes into fourth. Midnight Bisou strikes up into the combination. Abel Tasman continues to be in third and Monomoy Woman in sixth, 6 lengths off the lead. Champagne Issues wrests fifth from Mopotism as they full the 1/2 mile.

Marvel Gadot goes into the far flip nonetheless the chief, however Monomoy Woman strikes beside her on the close to outdoors. Blue Prize strikes as much as third as Abel Tasman begins to fall again, unresponsive to jockey Mike Smith’s urging.

Monomoy Woman simply takes the lead because the horses come out of the flip and into the stretch. Blue Prize tries to stick with her as Abel Tasman continues to lose floor, now sixth and fading. Midnight Bisou strikes up on the surface gaining on Blue Prize as Monomoy Woman extends her lead with 1/16 mile left to go. Wow Cat sneaks up on the within as Midnight Bisou overtakes Blue Prize.

However Monomoy Woman, underneath a hand journey by Florent Geroux, cruises throughout the end line as Wow Cat claws her solution to second with Midnight Bisou third. Abel Tasman by no means will get going and finishes final.

Prime 5 finishers: 1. Monomoy Woman 2. Wow Cat (CHI) Three. Midnight Bisou Four. Blue Prize (ARG) 5. Mopotism

Notes & Quotes:

Monomoy Woman is now 9-2-Zero and can be a sterling 10-2 save for her DQ for interference within the Cotillion Stakes at Parx in September.

“I was confident going in just by the way she was training,” stated coach Brad Cox. “For probably the most half the race was uneventful. She will typically make the ending fascinating together with her antics, however she was doing it the correct means. She was sitting off one other filly, which I appreciated and once they slowed it down the bottom, I assumed, ‘she will deal with this.’ She was simply cruising across the flip. On the three-eighths pole, I used to be primarily watching her, however I might see Abel Tasman was backing out of it. I had by no means seen my filly flip for residence that loaded and I used to be like ‘Wow.’”

Florent Geroux’s solely want for the whip is for a joyous wave to the gang after the Longines Distaff. ©Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

(RRG notice:) A number of readers have talked about their distaste for the crop (referred to as “whip” in American racing, which appears extra descriptive). It’s value noting that rider Florent Geroux rode Monomoy Woman with a hand experience all through, by no means pulling out his whip, on directions from coach Cox who says his filly (additionally) dislikes the whip.

Stated Cox: “Florent never hit her. It was a big effort. I can’t say enough about the filly and what she’s accomplished this year.”

Cox loved a stellar weekend. Along with his win with Monomoy Woman, Arklow completed fourth within the Longines Turf, Will Name fifth within the Turf Dash and Golden Mischief fifth in Filly & Mare Dash.

Friday, Nov. 2, 2018


$2 million complete – 2-year-olds – one mile & 1/16 – Filth

Takeaway #Four:

There’s an early Kentucky Derby favourite.

How the race performed out:

Tight Ten, 35-1 (at publish time, odds change from the early line), breaks properly from submit Four and goes out to the early lead. Knicks Go engages early. Complexity stays outdoors away from the tight pack of 5, two horses broad close to the rail going shortly into the primary flip on this shorter race for youthful legs. Favourite Recreation Winner is in the midst of the pack, 6 lengths off the chief popping out of the primary flip.

Into the backstretch, Complexity has moved into the lead with now 40-1 longshot Knicks Go second, Properly Outlined third, 52-1 Topper T in fourth, 41-1 Mr. Cash fifth. Favourite Recreation Winner isn’t but partaking the leaders.

Into the again stretch, jockey Joel Rosario begins to induce Recreation Winner, shifting into fifth, however dropping it again to Mr. Cash with a half mile left within the race, the tempo a average :46.87 seconds.

Across the second flip, Complexity stays the chief, Knicks Go continues to be second, Mr. Cash holds third and Recreation Winner has moved up into fourth. Recreation Winner comes beneath strain and Complexity loses the result in Knicks Go as they arrive out of the far flip and enter the stretch.

Knicks Go drifts outdoors as Recreation Winner strikes alongside him and the 2 horses bump barely twice. The pair at the moment are firmly in charge of the race with beneath one furlong to go. Regardless of the bumping, which the stewards will look at on the replay, Recreation Winner nonetheless takes the lead.

As they strategy the end, Recreation Winner begins to increase his lead. Knicks Go is now in pursuit whereas making an attempt to fend off a fast-closing Signalman.

Recreation Winner will open a two-length lead, going away on the end. Knicks Go holds second (for a pleasant payout at 40-1 to put) and Signalman snares third.

Prime 5 finishers: 1. Recreation Winner 2. Go Knicks Three. Signalman Four. Mr. Cash 5. Gunmetal Grey

Notes & Quotes:

Recreation Winner overcame a so-so begin and better-than-expected competitors to go Four-Four-Zero. Three of his 4 wins are G1s. He additionally gained the Del Mar Futurity and the American Pharoah Stakes.

“The only thing (going into the race), I didn’t like our post,” stated coach Bob Baffert, who now has a minimum of one Kentucky Derby horse. “I might have appreciated to have been operating (from submit) 6.

“The 10 horse (Knicks Go), he was fairly quick. (My horse) was fairly vast, and I used to be somewhat apprehensive concerning the half mile pole as a result of it seemed like Complexity was operating on a very easy lead, his ears pricked, simply cruising alongside. You don’t understand how far these horses need to go.

“However apparently (jockey Joel) Rosario wasn’t involved. He advised me he stored him in there behind horses slightly bit as a result of he knew he had loads of horse left.”

The Sweet Experience (ARG) colt out of Indyan Giving (by A.P. Indy out of Fleet Indian) was bred in Kentucky by Jane Lyon at Summer time Wind Equine of Georgetown, Kentucky and foaled March 06, 2016. He was consigned to the Sept. 2017 Keeneland sale and bought for $110okay by Gary and Mary West. Recreation Winner already is a $1.5 million Cash Winner and on a Triple Crown trajectory. Now, that’s a candy buy.


$2 million complete – Three-year-olds & Up – 6 furlongs – Dust

Takeaway #5: The $2 million TwinSpires Dash

“You’re good, kid, but as long as I’m around, you’re only second best.”*

How the race performed out:

You would hear the echo of Lancey Howard (Edward G. Robinson/Roy H) after this race because the previous professional lays down the profitable poker card towards his upstart younger opponent (Steve McQueen/Imperial Trace) in The Cincinnati Child*.

Guarantees Fulfilled broke properly and took the early lead. Distinctive B, Warrior’s Membership and All the time Sunshine are engaged early for this brief race. Final yr’s winner, Roy H is on the surface. Favourite Imperial Trace is in the midst of the pack early 4 lengths off the chief. Limousine Liberal and Squared are shut by him.

On the half mile pole, the tempo is a fierce :21.35 seconds. Guarantees Fulfilled holds the lead, adopted by Distinctive B and All the time Sunshine. Roy H is in fourth and Imperial Trace has claimed fourth.

Roy H strikes up into third on the surface forward of All the time Sunshine whereas Imperial Trace drops again to fifth. Limousine Liberal comes vast to problem. Whitmore tries to seek out room on the within and is eight lengths from the lead as they enter the stretch.

Roy H vaults into the lead on the prime of the stretch, simply passing Guarantees Fulfilled. Imperial Trace is making an attempt to shut on the surface, however Roy H and jockey Paco Lopez surrender no floor. He’s Four lengths in entrance on the 1/16 pole and maintains that result in a 1:08.24 victory.

Whitmore closed on the within to snare second and Imperial Trace third because the chief by means of a lot of the race, Guarantees Fulfilled, couldn’t and fades to fifth.

Prime 5 finishers: 1. Roy H 2. Whitmore Three. Imperial Trace Four. Guarantees Fulfilled 5. Limousine Liberal

Notes & Quotes:

Roy H, winner by a size final yr at Del Mar, joins Midnight Lute (2007-08) as the one repeat winner of the Breeders’ Cup Dash.

“Words don’t express how special this is—to win the same race with the same horse back to back. It’s just fantastic,” stated coach Peter Miller.

Miller is the primary coach in Breeders’ Cup historical past to saddle the consecutive winner of the identical race in consecutive years. It was Miller’s fourth Breeders’ Cup victory and his second of the day, additionally profitable the BC Turf Dash with Stormy Liberal. It was the primary Breeders’ Cup win for jockey Paco Lopez.

Miller added Roy H continues to coach nicely although no future plans have been introduced for the 6-year-old son of Extra Than Prepared although a consultant of proprietor Rockingham Ranch indicated he, together with Stormy Liberal, might each return to Dubai on World Cup Day for the $2.5 million Golden Shaheen and the $2 million Al Quoz Dash respectively. Roy H completed third on this yr’s Golden Shaheen, and Stormy Liberal was runner-up within the Al Quoz Dash.

Closing Notes:

Saturday’s attendance was 70,423. The 2-day attendance complete was 112,672, the third highest in Breeders’ Cup historical past.

Wagering exceeded $157.Four million, the fifth highest complete because the Breeders’ Cup adopted the two-day format. Wagering on Saturday alone fell Four% for the 9 races from final yr’s Saturday complete.

This was the ninth Breeders’ Cup run at Churchill Downs, equaling the report for the variety of showings on the similar monitor. Subsequent yr’s Breeders’ Cup returns to Santa Anita in Arcadia, CA and comes again to Kentucky at Keeneland in 2020.

The present plan is to proceed to alternate between tracks in California and Kentucky for the foreseeable future.


With that, we conclude our protection of the 2018 Breeders’ Cup, as thrilling as any in current reminiscence. 

Particular thanks additionally to The Breeders’ Cup employees for a cascade of helpful info, stats and photographs all through the two-day occasion. A really particular “thank you” goes to Jim Gluckson, who coordinates the Breeders’ Cup for all of the media all year long, not only for the week-long Breeders’ Cup occasions, and to his notes employees for his or her diligent work through the two-day racing occasion.

See you subsequent yr from Santa Anta!


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