Juddmonte Farm’s great mare Enable (GB)) entered the record books as the first horse to win both the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) and the Breeders' Cup Turf (G1) in the same season after taking the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf November 3 during the 35th edition of the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs.
Also winner of the 2017 Arc, British-based Enable sustained an injury earlier this year so was making just her third start of the season in the Turf following this year’s Arc, Europe’s top middle-distance contest in which she was almost upset by storming filly Sea Of Class, a short neck second. Her victory in the Turf, America most important grass race, also was a thriller and further evidence of her class.
The 4-5 favorite, Enable dueled and then just pushed past 10-1 Magical (IRE) late to win the Turf by three-quarters of a length.
After winning the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) with Juddmonte’s Expert Eye earlier on the card, Dettori found the course’s best footing was to the outside and brought Enable nine wide off the far turn. She stormed down the center of the course, overhauled Group 1 winner Magical to get the win, and finished the 1 1/2 miles in 2:32.65 on turf rated as good.
“She was wonderful,” trainer John Gosden said of the 4-year-old daughter of Nathaniel (IRE) who seemed to struggle early with Churchill’s rain-dampened turf course as Dettori settled her sixth then seventh in the 13-horse field while pacesetter Glorious Empire set a surprisingly lively tempo, including a :24.65 opening quarter.
“She’s had a hard race and as usual she showed enormous courage to go and win,” Gosden said. “I’m just delighted for her owner and breeder, Prince Khalid (Abdullah), who is such a great supporter of the Breeders’ Cup.”
The Turf victory was Enable’s tenth consecutive score, including wins in the both the Epsom and Irish Oaks, from 11 career starts.
Dettori earned his 14th Breeders’ Cup win, including four in the Turf, while Gosden registered his fifth win, with Enable representing his first in the Turf.
“I knew she was fighting for me,” Dettori said of Enable’s Turf win. “She was strong today.”