"We were in good shape the whole way". "You never know. Horse racing is a great sport". In mid-August, he confidently picked Accelerate to take the Pacific Classic. He covered the 1 ¼ mile distance in 2 minutes, 2.93 seconds to extend his lifetime earnings to $5,005,000. A near-miss second in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint earlier in the year, Stormy Liberal returned to California and was entering his title defense off narrow scores in a July 25 optional claimer at Del Mar, a defeat of Richard's Boy in the August 17 Green Flash H. and a measured tally from another stablemate, Conquest Tsunami (Stormy Atlantic), in the GIII Eddie D.S. down the hill September 28.
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.
Buick said Line of Duty gets extra points because of how the race was won after he jumped out to a good start.
But he didn't have to say how much it probably meant. His trainer, Sadler, is winless in 41 career Breeders' Cup races despite a stellar track record on the West Coast. It could shake up the votes for Horse of the Year honors too. The six-year-old gelding now has nine wins in 22 starts.
The Pennsylvania bred recently won the La Lorgnette Stakes at Woodbine and past year, opened her career with a win in the Ontario Debutante Stakes and a second-place finish in the Mazarine Stakes. Owner Seth Klarman said the name was taken, obviously, from the dam. "For me, I'm prejudiced".
"The horse just ran his eyeballs out".
The relieved jockey said: "I've never been so tense on a racecourse, but that was a great decision by the stewards because we saw the best horse won the race".
"She didn't quite come here in the form that she would have come previous year but she's done it", he said after the filly's first race on US soil.
This weekend he will send out five runners in racing's world championships, the 2018 Breeders' Cup.
"It was a big ask for the filly and everyone knows she's had a hard year", Gosden told RacingUK.
"She was wonderful", said trainer John Gosden. I was waiting for her to give me the message that she was ready to go, and I could see Magical on my inside. "He's going to have to jump and race a lot faster than he (usually) does the first two furlongs".
Gosden, the 67-year-old Cambridge graduate who spent some of his early training career in California, won the Breeders Cup Classic with Raven's Pass in 2008, one of his more than 100 Group One wins around the world.
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. "He's a 3-year-old. We've got it all in front of us, and we'll be 1-20 in the Claiming Crown at Gulfstream next month".
The Derby may draw more eyes, but the Breeders' Cup Classic has always been one of the richest races in thoroughbred competition, if not the premier event of the sport - the fourth and final leg of the Grand Slam of Thoroughbred racing after the American Triple Crown circuit.
Monomoy Girl has run in seven graded stakes races this year, with her only loss coming in the Cotillion via disqualification.