THE 2018 BREEDERS’ CUP

Churchill Downs

November 2 to& 3, 2018

Following back-to-back Breeders’ Cup scores by Roy H and Stormy Liberal and a history-making win in the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf by 4-year-old European super filly Enable (GB), Accelerate’s victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic capped a perfect two days of racing at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky at the 35th Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

The 2018 event marked a record-tying ninth time that the World Championships were held at Churchill Downs.

Total handle for the two-day event was $163,011,577, the fifth highest since Breeders’ Cup adopted a two-day format in 2007. Total attendance for the two days of the Championships was 112,672, the third highest in Breeders’ Cup history. There were 42,249 in attendance on Friday and 70,423 on Saturday.

Hronis Racing’s 5-year-old Accelerate, ridden by Joel Rosario, dominated the Classic leading from the top of the stretch and posting a one-length victory over the 4-year-old Gunnevera. Trained by John Sadler, Accelerate completed a tremendous season of six wins in seven starts. The only horse to defeat Accelerate in 2018 was City of Light in the Oaklawn Handicap back in April. Earlier on the Breeders’ Cup Saturday card, City of Light flattered Accelerate by winning the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Mile by 2 ¾ lengths.

Prince Khalid Abdullah’s 4-year-old filly Enable prevailed in a terrific stretch battle against Ireland’s 3-year-old filly Magical to win the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable became the first horse to win both the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year.

An incredible training feat also was turned in by Peter Miller, who became the first trainer to have the same two runners repeat as Breeders’ Cup champions. The California-based Miller first sent Rockingham Ranch and David Bernsen’s 6-year-old gelding Stormy Liberal to successfully defend his title in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. Three races later, Miller saddled the 6-year-old gelding Roy H to his second straight TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint victory, taking the six-furlong race by 3 ¼ lengths.

The 2018 Breeders’ Cup was also historic for its revamped two-day format. For the first time, all of the Juvenile races were run on the opening day of the Championships, and the program was themed under the banner of “Future Stars Friday.” The Breeders’ Cup races began with the brand new $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint, a 5 ½-furlong race which was won by the Todd-Pletcher trained Bulletin. D.J. Stable’s and Cash in King Stable’s Jaywalk won the $2 million Tito’s Handmade Vodka Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies in a front-running 5 ½- length tour de force.

Hall of Fame trainer won Bob Baffert captured the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for the third time with Gary and Mary West’s Game Winner to cap off day the first day of the World Championships.

“Once again the Breeders’ Cup proved a fitting showcase for world championship performances and the best in international racing,” said Breeders' Cup President and CEO Craig Fravel. “We want to thank our gracious hosts from Churchill Downs, the greater Louisville community and our home state of Kentucky for two extraordinary days, all of the owners and breeders who participate in our racing programs and racing fans around the world for tuning in and wagering.”

2018 Breeders’ Cup Results

Replay Race Winning Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
Replay
Race
Juvenile Fillies Turf
Winning Horse
Newspaperofrecord (IRE)
Jockey
Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer
Chad Brown
Owner
Klaravich Stables, Inc.
Replay
Race
Juvenile Fillies
Winning Horse
Jaywalk
Jockey
Joel Rosario
Trainer
John Servis
Owner
D. J. Stable LLC and Cash is King LLC
Replay
Race
Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore America
Winning Horse
Line of Duty (IRE)
Jockey
William T. Buick
Trainer
Charles Appleby
Owner
Godolphin LLC
Replay
Race
TVG Juvenile
Winning Horse
Game Winner
Jockey
Joel Rosario
Trainer
Bob Baffert
Owner
Gary and Mary West
Replay
Race
Filly & Mare Sprint
Winning Horse
Shamrock Rose
Jockey
Irad Ortiz Jr.
Trainer
Mark E. Casse
Owner
Conrad Farms
Replay
Race
Turf Sprint
Winning Horse
Stormy Liberal
Jockey
Drayden Van Dyke
Trainer
Peter Miller
Owner
Rockingham Ranch and David A Bernsen LLC
Replay
Race
Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile
Winning Horse
City of Light
Jockey
Javier Castellano
Trainer
Michael W. McCarthy
Owner
Mr. Warren Jr and Mrs. William K
Replay
Race
Maker’s Mark Filly & Mare Turf
Winning Horse
Sistercharlie (IRE)
Jockey
John R. Velazquez
Trainer
Chad C. Brown
Owner
Peter M. Brant
Replay
Race
Sprint
Winning Horse
Roy H
Jockey
Paco Lopez
Trainer
Peter Miller
Owner
Rockingham Ranch & David A. Bernsen LLC
Replay
Race
TVG Mile
Winning Horse
Expert Eye (GB)
Jockey
Lafranco Dettori
Trainer
Sir Michael R. Stoute
Owner
Juddmonte Farms, Inc.
Replay
Race
Longines Distaff
Winning Horse
Monomoy Girl
Jockey
Florent Geroux
Trainer
Brad H. Cox
Owner
Dubb, M., Monomoy Stables, LLC, The Elkstone Group, LLC (Stuart Grant) and Bethlehem Stables LLC
Replay
Race
Longines Turf
Winning Horse
Enable (GB)
Jockey
Lafranco Dettori
Trainer
John H. M. Godsen
Owner
Juddmonte Farms Limited
Replay
Race
Longines Classic
Winning Horse
Accelerate
Jockey
Joel Rosario
Trainer
John W. Sadler
Owner
Hronis Racing LLC