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Enable storms into history with Breeders' Cup Turf win

04 November 2018

In 2018, he notched two second-place finishes in the Pegasus World Cup and the Dubai World Cup among the most prestigious races on dirt for thoroughbreds.

In the first running of the race as an official part of the Breeders' Cup programme - rather than on the undercard - the Todd Pletcher-trained juvenile broke smartly under Javier Castellano, with only Chelsea Cloisters going with him in the early stages.

- Newspaperofrecord rolled to another dominant victory, pulling away down the stretch for a 6 3/4-length win over East in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf. Not to mention, establishing the top horse in several age divisions along with the top jockey and trainer.

"It was a big ask for the filly and everyone knows she's had a hard year", said Gosden, winning his first Turf, but fifth Breeders' Cup prize.

Stormy Liberal won the $1 million Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Saturday, repeating his triumph in the same race at Del Mar past year.

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Bob Baffert, Triple Crown trainer for both American Pharoah and Justify, has won three of the last four editions of the Breeders' Cup Classic. That leaves the Classic without horse racing's biggest name, but also a bunch of horses poised to make their presence known - and bettors happy.

Disco Partner was third, a distant 7 1/4 lengths back.

The 45th time was the charm for John Sadler. "He's a really healthy, strong guy".

As for the runner-up, "He ran good - no complaints", trainer Jason Servis said of World of Trouble. Things will begin with the inaugural Juvenile Turf Sprint, a $1 million event to be run over 5 1/2 furlongs.

Accelerate claimed his fourth race in a row and answered the question of if he could continue his roll after beating West Coast by 2 1/4 lengths in the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita.

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However, Accelerate was a worthy victor, with Gunnevera second. McKinzie's Pennsylvania Derby victory came after he was disqualified to second in the Grade 2 San Felipe in March. The anticipated duel between the reigning Kentucky Oaks victor and her 2017 predecessor Abel Tasman never materialized, as Monomoy Girl made her move at the final turn and held off Wow Cat by a length for her sixth victory this season. Trained by Louisville native Brad Cox, Monomoy Girl has won five of six as a 3-year-old and might have been unbeaten if not for a disqualification to second after winning the Grade 1 Cotillion in September. Richard's Boy (Idiot Proof), who completed a Rockingham one-two at Del Mar a year ago, also went forward, allowing Stormy Liberal to edge to the outside and into the clear.

Then there is the two-time Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) victor Enable (GB), who is favored in the Longines Breeders' Cup Turf (G1T). Despite racing just twice this season, Enable could still challenge for Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier Older Horse, especially if she triumphs November 3.

The win wraps up an impressive weekend by Rosario, who won the Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile races on Friday before securing the Classic on Saturday for his ninth career win at the Breeders' Cup.

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Enable storms into history with Breeders' Cup Turf win