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Enable storms into history with Breeders' Cup Turf win

04 November 2018, 06:13 | Charlene Valdez

Expected longshot Golden Mischief enters the Breeders Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on a three-race winning streak

Expected longshot Golden Mischief enters the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on a three-race winning streak

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. She provided Ortiz, Jr. with his fourth Breeders' Cup win and Brown with his 11th. So I had to just rein him back and restart the race. "We're prepared for the worst and hope for the best. He's just a great horse and had a great year". In mid-August, he confidently picked Accelerate to take the Pacific Classic.

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.

The 45th time was the charm for John Sadler. "This is what I do every day, every year for my whole career". His trainer, Sadler, is winless in 41 career Breeders' Cup races despite a stellar track record on the West Coast. He also picked a 39-1 horse to show in the Secretariat Stakes, and that one paid off too.

It would be hard to dethrone Justify, racing's 13th Triple Crown victor, for the award, but the 3-year-old retired this summer after just six lifetime races against his own age group.

Monomoy Girl bolstered her case as the top 3-year-old filly by winning the $2 million Distaff. "For me, I'm prejudiced". I think down the lane, maybe being on the inside, there's a little more give there.

"The horse just ran his eyeballs out". "They just exhausted and just didn't have it today".

"He's had more experience and he knows what's expected", said O'Brien, who has shipped Mendelssohn back and forth from Ireland to the United States for three more races since the Kentucky Derby. The 4-year-old British filly became the first horse to win both prestigious races in the same year.

While he was winning the 2017 Turf Sprint off a June layoff, it had been a much smoother 6-year-old season for Stormy Liberal, whose lone subpar effort came when a troubled sixth, beaten only two lengths, by Disco Partner in the GII Jaipur S.at Belmont Park June 9. Also high on the 2018 Breeders' Cup odds board are Mind Your Biscuits (6-1) and Catholic Boy (8-1).

Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Joel Rosario, Game Winner went wide on two turns before powering down the stretch, pulling away from Knicks Go after the two brushed briefly to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

"It was a big ask for the filly and everyone knows she's had a hard year", Gosden told RacingUK. Amazing, I've no words to say how brilliant she is. "He's going to have to jump and race a lot faster than he (usually) does the first two furlongs".

His trainer Bill Mott has won the Classic twice and has an impressive ten wins in Breeders' Cup races from only ninety-five starters.

One notable absence from the Classic is Triple Crown victor Justify, whom trainer Bob Baffert retired in July because of an ankle ailment. Baffert said Game Winner will get a rest before pointing toward the races again in the spring. Rosario now leads in the race for the Bill Shoemaker Award, given to the most outstanding jockey of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.

"She ran the way she was training", said trainer Brad Cox.

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