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. One negative for the dominant California five-year-old is the draw - he will come from the outside stall 14.
"It's important for the "World Championships" branding of Breeders' Cup that this be a truly global event", said Breeders' Cup vice president of racing and nominations Dora Delgado.
"There is a strong European challenge for the 2018 Breeders' Cup, and the performances of Enable and Roaring Line at Churchill Downs will help determine the victor of the Cartier Horse Of The Year Award", said Harry Herbert, racing consultant to the Cartier Awards. The feature is the $2 million Juvenile, where 5-2 favorite Complexity will race 1/16 mile in search of a 3-0 start.
Frankie Dettori charted a wide course throughout and loomed widest of all around the home turn with Ryan Moore saving some ground to split horses inside him aboard Magical.More news: Whoops! Mike Pence's Hollywood Slam Backfires In 'The Hollywood Of The South'
She is the double heroine of Paris' Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and now the electric Enable will look to light up Saturday's Breeders' Cup meeting at Churchill Downs. 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.
Godolphin's Thunder Snow, trained by Saeed bin Suroor, came with a big run under Christophe Soumillon and stuck on well for third spot. Chelsea Cloisters held second over So Perfect, while Queen of Bermuda made a big move down the stretch to finish fourth. "Joel said that two jumps out of the gate, she just took him there". It was almost seven lengths back to Kevin Ryan's East under Jamie Spencer, with Aidan O'Brien's Just Wonderful taking fourth. Somelikeithotbrown led the field into deep stretch and held on for third.
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby, who has had a stellar year, said it's "a bit early" to talk about Line of Duty as a candidate for the Investec Derby next spring.
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Newspaperofrecord posted her third straight dominating win in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, leading all the way to a 6 3/4-lengths victory. I'm very impressed. He was very professional.
Bulletin, trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Javier Castellano, opened the proceedings with a scintillating victory in the $1 million Juvenile Turf Sprint. "She did it today with sheer guts and determination".
Oisin Murphy is going to receive abundant kickback aboard Roaring Lion and whether this iron-tough grey can handle new and hazardous conditions is in the lap of the gods.
Stormy Liberal, a six-year-old gelding, joined Mizdirection (2012-13) as the only repeat victor of the race. "He broke like a shot and put me in a real good position". Jockey Paco Lopez earned his first Breeders' Cup victory.More news: Overwatch new playable character Ashe introduced in animated short Reunion