Breeders' Cup: Jason Servis arrives with an entourage

39;Fans really like it' Breeders' Cup contenders got modest starts

The four-year-old, owned by Saudi Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, has won nine of 10 starts and triumphed in her last eight races including a first Arc victory at Chantilly in 2017. 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. To win the Santa Anita Handicap (in March) was for me probably one or two on my bucket list.

Trained in Southern California by last year's Triple Crown victor, Bob Baffert, Game victor got a bit of a slow start in the Juvenile and jockey Joel Rosario had to settle him behind the leaders early.

2018 Triple Crown victor and Horse of the Year favorite Justify was originally set to compete at Churchill Downs with an opportunity to sweep this year's Grand Slam, but an injury forced him into retirement over the summer.

New York-based connections celebrated in four of Future Stars Friday's five races led by jockey Joel Rosario who scored wins in the Tito's Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies and featured Sentient Jet Juvenile on opening day of the Breeders' Cup from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. However, the colt, who has won more than $8.5 million in his career, has been aimed at the Classic since winning the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March.

"But he knew what was under him and he got there just in time". "With what he accomplished, in such a short amount of time, he deserves Horse of the Year", Cox said. The US handler's challenge will come from the fancied pair of West Coast, who was third previous year, and McKinzie.

"He broke really well", Rosario said of Accelerate.

The two-year-old will be ridden by jockey Oisin Murphy who then partners The Mackem Bullet for dual-purpose Malton trainer Brian Ellison in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over one mile at the iconic Churchill Downs - home of the Kentucky Derby.




Off the board were Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's duo of West Coast and McKinzie.

"He likes Churchill Downs so that's a good sign", Baffert said with a laugh. She just runs them off their feet ...

Total turnover for the two-day event was $157,445,841, the fifth highest since Breeders' Cup adopted a two-day format in 2007.

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. The 4-year-old filly has now won nine straight races and has two wins in the Arc de Triomphe on her resume. First, Stormy Liberal defended his title in the $1-million Turf Sprint, surging late after a stretch-long duel to defeat World of Trouble.

Peter Miller made Breeders' Cup history as the first trainer to saddle two repeat winners in the same Breeders' Cup races. But Enable showed exactly what she is capable of last month when she stormed to victory at Longchamps to claim back-to-back Arcs. We have had a hard run with her and she is still not back to where she was past year'.

"Maybe she's getting better".

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