Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Expert Eye wins Breeders' Mile after late surge

Expert Eye wins Breeders' Mile after late surge

"But he knew what was under him and he got there just in time". "We're prepared for the worst and hope for the best".

Accelerate took care of that notion.

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. He covered the 1 ¼ mile distance in 2 minutes, 2.93 seconds to extend his lifetime earnings to $5,005,000.

"She has taken longer to come out of the Arc, which is understandable", Gosden said. "I managed to get out to four off the fence, and then she was moving good again. Once she got the front, she started flicking her ears and looked nice and relaxed".

A year and a half later he seeks redemption on the heels of a victory in the Dubai World Cup.

But he didn't have to say how much it probably meant.

The race isn't just meaningful for Sadler.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, the man behind Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, is targeting a fourth Classic win in five years.

"That's for the sportswriters", Sadler said, laughing when asked to make his case for the award. "I don't believe the horse has been let to run yet".

With 222 points, Roaring Lion now holds a clear lead in both the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier 3-year-old colt categories. "They just exhausted and just didn't have it today".

"I think the most important thing is to sit back and enjoy this", Grimthorpe said.

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

The biggest European team ever to travel to a Breeders' Cup had mixed fortunes over the two days, and the three runners from British and Irish stables in the Classic 40 minutes later had no answer to the stretch run of the favourite, Accelerate.

Frankie Dettori took charge of the 35th Breeders' Cup here in Kentucky on Saturday as he completed an exceptional double aboard Enable, the Arc victor, in the Breeders' Cup Turf, having earlier ridden a brilliant race to take the Mile on Expert Eye in the shadow of the post. "Someone did tell me that they thought that Monomoy Girl's campaign was the most impressive by a 3-year-old filly since Rachel Alexandra".

Rosario's 20 points put him six ahead of fellow NY rider Irad Ortiz Jr., who won the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Newspaperofrecord and finished second in the Juvenile Turf with Uncle Benny who is based in NY for trainer Jason Servis and owner Ara Aprahamian's Beach Haven Thoroughbreds. The two fillies went through the stretch away from the rest of the field in their own private match race with the John Gosden trainee showing her enormous class at the end. She showed enormous courage, beating a very high-class filly, and it was interesting that they came well clear of the third.

The Super Bowl of horse racing has arrived, and a whopping $6 million is at stake at the Breeders' Cup Classic, a year-end showcase held at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.

The first two pulled well clear of the rest of the field, with the Khalid Abdullah-owned Enable becoming the first Arc victor to follow up at the Breeders' Cup in the same season.

Those four standouts lead a contingent of 43 foreign-trained Breeders' Cup entries (44 if you count Quarteto de Cordas (BRZ), who will make his United States debut in the Turf for Ian Wilkes after racing in his native Brazil) that has the worldwide barn bursting at the seams.

Trainer Jason Servis said Jawalk's "cruising speed is wicked". "She was training like a monster and she ran like a monster".

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