Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile

Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile

In the first running of the race as an official part of the Breeders' Cup programme - rather than on the undercard - the Todd Pletcher-trained juvenile broke smartly under Javier Castellano, with only Chelsea Cloisters going with him in the early stages. "I had to rein him back and basically restart the race", the rider said.

There is the current frontrunner for the Cartier Award as Europe's Horse of the Year, Roaring Lion, who already has won four group 1 races this year in England and Ireland. The big question: Can he carry his dominant form away from the friendly confines of his home state?

Enable had to work for the historic success which saw her become the first Arc victor to follow up at the same year's Breeders' Cup. He has many indicators of a vulnerable favorite.

One notable absence from the Classic is Triple Crown victor Justify, whom trainer Bob Baffert retired in July because of an ankle ailment. His two entries this year in West Coast and McKinzie give him a legitimate chance to add another win to his Hall of Fame resume. "As a 5-year-old, he's come out of those Classic races in good shape physically and continued right on". 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's inexperienced but full of talent.

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

The win puts Game Winner at the top of the prospects list for the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Baffert clearly had that in mind. East, a Frankel colt, came from the clouds to finish second, best of a very good European contingent.

In fact, the Classic is a truly an global test this year with Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) victor Thunder Snow (IRE) and UAE Derby Sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) victor Mendelssohn, who enters the Classic off a third-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) September 29 at Belmont Park.

Woodbine Mile victor Oscar Performance broke poorly and finished last.

Reluctant to go into the stalls, Accelerate was ready to race once they opened and soon had a decent position from his wide draw, as Ryan Moore set the pace on Mendelssohn.

"I'm thrilled, no doubt", Sadler said.

Godolphin's Thunder Snow, the Dubai World Cup victor, challenged late but finished third, 1 3/4 lengths back.

Godolphin's Saeed bin Suroor saddles the mercurial Thunder Snow, who pulled up after the start in the 2017 Kentucky Derby.

Yoshida is a Japanese bred runner who has done most of his racing in North America.

City of Light went gate-to-wire to win the $1-million Dirt Mile. His turf score came in the 2018 Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.

Trainer Mark Casse enjoyed his fifth career Breeders' Cup win when Shamrock Rose, a two-time stakes victor at Woodbine, edged out Chalon at odds of 25-1 in the $1-million Filly and Mare Sprint. Yoshida's 10-1 morning line indicates he could be overlooked by bettors.

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