The $6 million Cup Classic is the marquee race that could help determine which thoroughbred ends up as Horse of the Year, not to mention establishing the top horse in several age divisions along with the top jockey and trainer. "She traveled well over here, she's settling in and eating and drinking well, which is very important, and I am liking the way she moves". 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.
"You talk about a rough trip", said Baffert, who trained this year's Triple Crown victor Justify as well as 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah.
"When I saw he went the last quarter in 22 and 4 and Javier never moved on him, I knew it was his race to lose", said McCarthy, who won his first Breeders' Cup race. "He broke like a shot and put me in a real good position".
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby, who has had a stellar year, said it's "a bit early" to talk about Line of Duty as a candidate for the Investec Derby next spring.
Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Sunday morning that his nine Breeders' Cup Saturday horses came out of their races well, including Filly & Mare Turf victor Sistercharlie.
"He likes Churchill Downs so that's a good sign", Baffert said with a laugh.
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Off the board were Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's duo of West Coast and McKinzie. She just runs them off their feet ...
Mendelssohn, a familiar name from the Triple Crown circuit earlier in the year, rounded the turn ahead of the pack in what's always been deemed the Super Bowl of horse racing. Eight had tried and failed before her, including John Gosden's Golden Horn three years ago, and Enable had to work hard to get past Aidan O'Brien's Magical in the final furlong as the two fillies pulled clear of their pursuers. Jockey Florent Geroux collected his fifth win.
"These horses, the field, they've made over $36 million - that's remarkable", said USA trainer Bob Baffert - who saddled Classic winners in 2014, "15 and '16 but has never won the biggest Breeders" Cup prize when the two-day, 14-race festival has been held beneath Churchill's twin spires in Louisville, Kentucky.
A year and a half later he seeks redemption on the heels of a victory in the Dubai World Cup. But Enable showed exactly what she is capable of last month when she stormed to victory at Longchamps to claim back-to-back Arcs.
In fact, Wells-Rody actually got to take the horse for a brief ride.
Europe's other big Classic contender, Roaring Lion, came into the race off four straight victories, but in his first test on dirt was never a factor and finished last. The bay daughter of Lope de Vega, who captured the Grade 2 Miss Grillo at Belmont on September 30, was first out of the gate and first home in the one-mile turf event, stopping the clock in 1:39 flat over a yielding turf.