Breeders' Cup: Arc heroine Enable eyes Churchill Downs triumph


Favored Monomoy Girl fended off Blue Prize to win Saturday's $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, concluding the end of a lengthy campaign that saw her win five Grade I races. Jaywalk became the day's third straight wire-to-wire victor, powering to a 5 1/2 length victory in the $2 million 1 1/16-mile Juvenile Fillies on the dirt track.

The California-based trainer had the most talked-about drought going into this weekend's Breeders' Cup but Accelerate finally put him in the winners' circle by winning the $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.

It was a triumph of "sheer determination" and "class", according to Gosden, who revealed she had an injury-disrupted year including a temperature in the weeks before the Arc. After his maiden win at Del Mar, he went on to take the Grade I Del Mar Futurity and Grade I American Pharoah at Santa Anita.

His win in a race Masar ran in a year ago also gave Appleby a remarkable three Breeders' Cup winners from only six runners. "He's finished now, he's been a fabulous horse, with a great attitude to life". They finished seventh and 12th, respectively, after projections of challenging Accelerate in the marquee event of nine season-ending championship races.

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Gunnevera, Thunder Snow and early pace setter Mendelssohn made things interesting before 70,423, an upside to the absence of horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor from the Classic. West Coast's runner-up finish to Accelerate in the Awesome Again Stakes was among three seconds this year.

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Jockey William Buick piloted the Godolphin's Galileo colt to Europe's lone victory on the opening day of the $30 million racing extravaganza - dubbed "Future Stars Friday" with its slate of five races for two-year-olds.

This race for fillies and mares features the two most recent Kentucky Oaks winners in Monomoy Girl and Abel Tasman. It was the fifth win in 10 starts for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt. Signalman was a length back in third.

2015 Breeders' Cup victor and fellow Triple Crown champion American Pharaoh, another Bob Baffert-trained horse, highlights the weekend undercard.

In posting his 2 3/4-length victory, City of Light was paired with jockey Javier Castellano for the first time in a race.

The Pennsylvania bred recently won the La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine and a year ago, opened her career with a win in the Ontario Debutante Stakes and a second-place finish in the Mazarine Stakes.

You would not think it so hard to win an Arc in the autumn sunshine of Paris, have a nice break of a month and then ship across the Atlantic to beat a few inferior mile-and-a-halfers around a tight oval track, but it was beginning to look like a tall order - eight, including Dancing Brave and Golden Horn, had failed.