Breeders' Cup-Things To Know

Florence Fletcher
November 5, 2018

"He's had more experience and he knows what's expected", said O'Brien, who has shipped Mendelssohn back and forth from Ireland to the United States for three more races since the Kentucky Derby. "He's won all those great races". 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.

"Accelerate ran against all ages, but for me it's a real tossup".

"Want to guess how many texts I got?" he asked smiling, before revealing the answer: 102.

The anticipated culmination of horse racing season arrived on Saturday at Churchill Downs, and it did with Accelerate bursting through the finish line in first at the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic. "I really thought there was enough speed in here that she'd probably be sitting off it a bit".

Mendelssohn was still in front when they turned for home, but he couldn't hold off the challenge of 5-2 favorite Accelerate, who came wide through the last turn and swept to the lead, winning by a length from 28-1 shot Gunnevera.

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

"They looked good for a mile", Baffert said.

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Accelerate's challengers include a strong foreign contingent that features Japanese-bred Yoshida, trained by two-time Classic victor Bill Mott and owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club International - who teamed up to take Justify to the Triple Crown. He is owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing, all ownership partners in this year's Triple Crown victor Justify. And it followed other notable performances on the second day of the $30 million championships. The 4-year-old filly has now won nine straight races and has two wins in the Arc de Triomphe on her resume.

Queen Of Bermuda “ran a blinder” to place fourth at the prestigious Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, yesterday. It was the fifth win in 10 starts for the Sir Michael Stoute-trained colt.

As well as yesterday's win in the Turf, the daughter of Nathaniel has won two Arcs and also numbers the King George and the English and Irish Oaks among her seven group one wins.

He had to wait for a review before wearing the purple and yellow Breeders' Cup winner's blanket as the stewards looked at a bump with Uncle Benny just before the wire.

Following back-to-back Breeders' Cup wins by Roy H and Stormy Liberal and a history-making win in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf by 4-year-old European super filly Enable (GB), the first horse to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and the Longines Turf in the same year, Accelerate's victory in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic capped a ideal day of racing at Churchill Downs in the 35th Breeders' Cup World Championships.

Yesterdays race was Queen Of Bermudas last outing under Suffolk-based trainer William Haggas as she is set to switch to H. Graham Motions Maryland stable in the United States.

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