'Storming' to Another Turf Sprint Victory | TDN

'Storming' to Another Turf Sprint Victory | TDN

'Storming' to Another Turf Sprint Victory | TDN

The race lacked the retired 3-year-old star and left a wide-open field, which the 5-year-old chestnut horse eventually overtook after breaking from the No. 14 post as the favorite. He has never looked back. He won five of six starts this year including four Grade 1 races. He won his 1000 race in April, is winning at stunning 32 percent clip, and his stable has surpassed $6 million in earnings for the season.

"Of all the Breeders' Cup races, this was the one I really wanted", Baffert said.

The straight-talking Servis ran down his thoughts about his five runners this weekend. His jockey pulled him up before Thunder Snow made it to the first turn in one of the most freaky Derby performances in recent memory.

The 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic favorite, however, is Accelerate, trained by John Sadler and listed at 5-2. Justify's ankle issue led Baffert to retire the colt in July, eliminating the opportunity to follow 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah in pursuit of a rare grand slam.

As for the California-based Accelerate being named this year's top thoroughbred, Sadler said he'd leave that up to media who vote on the Eclipse Awards. "I had to rein him back and basically restart the race", the rider said.

Queen Of Bermuda “ran a blinder” to place fourth at the prestigious Breeders Cup at Churchill Downs, Kentucky, yesterday. West Coast's runner-up finish to Accelerate in the Awesome Again Stakes was among three seconds this year.

"We've just got to keep him healthy", he said of the horse, who improved to 4-0 in his young career.

Instead, Goldberg is riding a double-digit underdog to win the Breeders' Cup Classic in shocking fashion.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Game Winner covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.67 and paid $4, $3.20 and $2.80.

Irish-based trainer Aiden O'Brien has 15 entrants among eight races this weekend, including 2017 Juvenile Turf victor Mendelssohn, who's entered in the Classic.

Line Of Duty did bump Uncle Benny late on, causing an anxious wait for connections as the stewards launched an inquiry, but the Charlie Appleby-trained juvenile kept the race, much to the relief of Buick. "As we got in to the straight, I asked him to pick up and the response wasn't there for about 100m".

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. The bay daughter of Lope de Vega, who captured the Grade 2 Miss Grillo at Belmont on September 30, was first out of the gate and first home in the one-mile turf event, stopping the clock in 1:39 flat over a yielding turf.

I'm starting my card for the $1 million Turf Sprint with the No. 11 World of Trouble (6-1). Discreet Lover is his first graded stakes victor and won the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in his last start at odds of 45-1.

If Newspaperofrecord were to travel to Britain next year, Royal Ascot would doubtless be the likeliest destination, and she could lend some real x-factor to the meeting were she to turn up in this sort of shape.

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