SUPERSTAR FILLY ENABLE WINS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2018) – Juddmonte Farms’ homebred Enable ($3.60) outdueled Magical through a stirring stretch drive prevailing by three-quarters of a length to win the 35th running of the $4 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) for 3-year-olds and up Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by John Gosden and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Enable covered the 1 ½ miles on a turf course rated as good in 2:32.65. The victory is the fifth for Gosden in the Breeders’ Cup; first in the Turf.
For Dettori, who earlier Saturday won the Mile for Juddmonte on Expert Eye, it is his 14th Breeders’ Cup victory and fifth in the Turf. His previous winners were Daylami in 1999, Fantastic Light in 2001, Red Rocks in 2006 and Dangerous Midge in 2010.
Now a winner of nine consecutive races that includes back-to-back victories in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Enable is a 4-year-old daughter of Nathaniel out of the Sadler’s Well’s mare Concentric. She is the first horse to win the Arc and Breeders’ Cup Turf in the same year.
Glorious Empire set the pace with Enable racing about four lengths back. On the far turn, Dettori moved Enable to the outside while Ryan Moore on Magical split horses and the two fillies hit the stretch in their own match race.
Enable pulled away late with Magical easily holding the place spot over Sadler’s Joy, who was nine lengths back in third and two lengths ahead of Arklow.
Winning trainer John Gosden (Enable) – “She was wonderful. I thought coming into the straight when Ryan (Moore) came up on her, we had a race on our hands. She’s had a hard race and as usual she showed enormous courage to go and win. I’m just delighted for her owner and breeder, Prince Khalid who is such a great supporter of the Breeders’ Cup.”
Winning jockey Frankie Dettori (Enable) – “On the first turn I was trying to get position and then I went right. I went four wide. She was moving well. I knew she was fighting for me. She was strong today.”
Second-place trainer Aidan O’Brien (Magical) – “She ran a really good race. I’m very happy.”
Third-place trainer Thomas Albertrani (Sadler’s Joy) – “Turning for home I thought we were going to win it, but they just outran him.”
Third-place jockey Javier Castellano (Sadler’s Joy) – “I had a perfect trip. It was a good third-place finish. He beat a lot of good horses in the race. Those two horses (Enable and Magical) in front of him were much the best. I’m proud of my horse and the way he did it.”
Fourth-place trainer Brad Cox (Arklow) – “He ran well off a short rest. I am proud of him. A solid effort.”
Fourth-place jockey Florent Geroux (Arklow) – “I had a good trip. He broke and looked like there was a good pace in front of us. I think he was fighting the track a little. It’s loose on the bottom and there’s not much to grab. He lost position in the last turn, which probably cost us third place.”
Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. (Robert Bruce, seventh) – “I got a great trip. I followed the winner the whole way. I followed Enable, but unfortunately my horse had no response for me today. Hopefully he comes back good and we move on to win some big Grade 1s in the future. He’s a very good horse.”