How are the champs? Sunday update on Breeders' Cup winners

Game Winner winning the Grade 1 American Pharoah Stakes at Santa Anita

Enable went where Dancing Brave, Sakhee, Golden Horn and Found could not when she became the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor to follow up at the Breeders' Cup, recording history in the Turf at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

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.

The race lacked the retired three-year-old star with with Accelerate starting favourite.

As always, the marquee race is Saturday's $6 million Cup Classic that could help determine which thoroughbred ends up as Horse of the Year. He is now 10-for-22 lifetime and though triple crown victor Justify is the likely horse of the year, Accelerate clinched an Eclipse Award himself with the win.

Wells-Rody also said he was not drunk and could think clearly, saying, "I could mount a horse and dismount a horse".

"When I saw he went the last quarter in 22 and 4 and Javier never moved on him, I knew it was his race to lose", said McCarthy, who won his first Breeders' Cup race. "These races are hard to win". But it was not just the fact that Enable did something no other horse has been able to do before. They finished seventh and 12th, respectively, after projections of challenging Accelerate in the marquee event of nine season-ending championship races.

Gunnevera, Thunder Snow and early pace setter Mendelssohn made things interesting before 70,423, an upside to the absence of horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor from the Classic.

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.

The John Gosden-trained filly didn't get her four-year-old season underway until September thanks to a leg injury, but that didn't stop the bay star from winning a second straight Arc on October 7 with Frankie Dettori in the irons.

This race for fillies and mares features the two most recent Kentucky Oaks winners in Monomoy Girl and Abel Tasman. Jockey Florent Geroux collected his fifth win.

Gosden, who will will chase his first Melbourne Cup with Muntahaa on Tuesday, said it was a remarkable effort by Enable, which became the first Arc victor to have success at the Breeders' Cup meeting in the same season.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Accelerate, sent off as the 5-2 favorite, sat four lengths back early in the 1 1/4-mile race. It was the first Breeders' Cup victory for New York-based conditioner John Servis.

Enable stormed from the pack in the final 100 meters at Paris Longchamp last month and held on for a narrow win as the fast-finishing Sea of Class chased her down. The victory marked the ninth Breeders' Cup win for Castellano and the 10th for Pletcher. She has won more than $7.6million in her storied career. Gosden and Prince Khalid are not ruling out a bid for an historic third straight Arc win next year.

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