Enable makes turf history

Nov 05, 2018, 02:14
Enable makes turf history

Zero for 44 tries was a thing of the past, and Sadler wants to leave it there.

The Newmarket-based Gosden will also saddle the impressive Roaring Lion in the showpiece $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic on the dirt. The 5-year-old was scheduled to be vanned to Lane's End Farm where he'll get some "R & R" and be shown to prospective breeders as a future stallion. "The owners (Kosta and Peter Hronis) have had the patience to keep him in training, while (trainer) John (Sadler) and his team have developed him to where he is". "He's really a champion". Second in last year's Distaff at Del Mar, Abel Tasman has eight wins and four seconds in 15 career starts and was last year's Eclipse Award victor as top 3-year-old filly. "We jogged him up and down the road [outside Churchill Downs' Barn 43] and he looked very sound and happy".

Enable went where Dancing Brave, Sakhee, Golden Horn and Found could not when she became the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor to follow up at the Breeders' Cup, recording history in the Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

"The bump late on, I thought that was a case of that being a 50-50 situation", said Buick, who admitted he'd never been so tense on a racetrack as he waited to hear the decision".

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

"These horses, the field, they've made over $36 million - that's remarkable", said U.S. 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. "As a 5-year-old, he's come out of those Classic races in good shape physically and continued right on".

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. "He's just a great horse and had a great year".

"It was a big ask for the filly and everyone knows she's had a hard year", Gosden told RacingUK. "I'm not saying it was, but that was a pretty big compliment".

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This was the first Breeders' Cup win for Servis.

Stormy Liberal and Roy H are both fully or partially owned by Rockingham Ranch and may possibly each have a return trip to Dubai in the cards for the $2 million Al Quiz Sprint and $2.5 million Dubai Golden Shaheen, respectively. In the last 100 yards, he really got down and sprinted home. He's been the best partner we've ever had in the 30 years we've been in the business.

The Classic triumph capped a successful Breeders' Cup for the jockey, who also rode Game Winner and Jaywalk to victories on Friday in the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies Turf, respectively. "That's a good sign", he said.

Dettori, recording a double after winning the Mile in the same colours aboard Expert Eye, said: "She's conquered America!"

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