Frankie Dettori wins Breeders’ Cup Turf on Enable to complete dream double
- Author: Stacy Allen Nov 05, 2018,
Nov 05, 2018, 2:15
But the big one was the $4million (£3.1m) Turf and no Arc victor had ever followed up with a win at the Breeders' Cup in the same season. Accelerate made a sweeping move in the far turn and was in charge at the top of the stretch, then held off Gunnevera for his fifth consecutive Grade 1 victory and sixth of seven overall this year. He said he will consider "next year, more than I ever have", contesting Royal Ascot with Newspaperofrecord. 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.
It would be hard to dethrone Justify, racing's 13th Triple Crown victor, for the award, but the 3-year-old retired this summer after just six lifetime races against his own age group.
Dettori arrived in Kentucky on Tuesday night and was aboard Enable for a strong canter at Churchill Downs under Gosden's watchful eye.
The 5-year-old ran down tiring Dubai World Cup victor Thunder Snow and fended off a challenge from Gunnevera to win the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic by a length. So I had to just rein him back and restart the race. 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.
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. Obviously, this is a horse that's done everything we've asked, and she's done it really easy.
The win wraps up an impressive weekend by Rosario, who won the Juvenile Fillies and Juvenile races on Friday before securing the Classic on Saturday for his ninth career win at the Breeders' Cup.
"They looked good for a mile", Baffert said.
Off the board were Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's duo of West Coast and McKinzie.
It's rare to see talented colts stay on the track long enough to mature when the more lucrative option is to retire them, which was partially the case with Justify. He is owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing, all ownership partners in this year's Triple Crown victor Justify. The 4-year-old filly has now won nine straight races and has two wins in the Arc de Triomphe on her resume.
The one ray of hope for the competition is the statistic that Arc winners are 0-7 when taking on the Breeders' Cup Turf in the same year. But Enable showed exactly what she is capable of last month when she stormed to victory at Longchamps to claim back-to-back Arcs. She has had a light campaign and previous year she won five Group 1s.
It was business as usual around the Brad Cox barn Sunday morning, one day after capping their banner year with a Breeders' Cup Distaff victory by Monomoy Girl. Not only was the start of her 2018 campaign delayed by injury, Gosden said there was the "slight hiccup" of a fever between her first start this year, in the September Stakes at Kempton, and the Arc.