"He was smashed up leaving the gate, which put him in the wrong position as he got the worst of it", Gosden said of the dirt in the face that Roaring Lion experienced for the first time. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Joel Rosario, Game Winner went wide on two turns before powering down the stretch, pulling away from Knicks Go after the two brushed briefly to win by 2 1/4 lengths. "To be able to do that, he had to work harder". Baffert said Game Winner will get a rest before pointing toward the races again in the spring.
Rosario's 20 points put him six ahead of fellow NY rider Irad Ortiz Jr., who won the Juvenile Fillies Turf on Newspaperofrecord and finished second in the Juvenile Turf with Uncle Benny who is based in NY for trainer Jason Servis and owner Ara Aprahamian's Beach Haven Thoroughbreds.
Accelerate finished ninth and third in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile the past two years, but Sadler says the 1 1/4-mile Classic distance should suit him now.
Dettori, recording a double after winning the Mile in the same colours aboard Expert Eye, said: "She's conquered America!" The 4-year-old British filly became the first horse to win both prestigious races in the same year.
Dettori arrived in Kentucky on Tuesday night and was aboard Enable for a strong canter at Churchill Downs under Gosden's watchful eye.
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s City of Light, front-running victor of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, is scheduled to return to trainer Michael McCarthy's Southern California base early Monday morning. She relaxed well where I was and was moving well past the wire the first time.
O'Brien, who has won 12 Breeders' Cup races but never a Classic, said Mendelssohn has "toughened up" since he broke poorly and was pulled up to finish last out of 20 in the Kentucky Derby in May.
"They either take it or they don't". She has nine wins and a third in 10 starts and more than $8.5 million in career earnings. Obviously, this is a horse that's done everything we've asked, and she's done it really easy.
"We're watching where the rain is going, a little north of us at the moment, so you never know we might not get drowned". He said he will consider "next year, more than I ever have", contesting Royal Ascot with Newspaperofrecord. First, Stormy Liberal defended his title in the $1-million Turf Sprint, surging late after a stretch-long duel to defeat World of Trouble. But it was not just the fact that Enable did something no other horse has been able to do before.