by Breeders' Cup Notes Team
November 3, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 3, 2018) – Juddmonte Farms’ Expert Eye ($13.80) closed with a rush to edge Catapult by a half-length and win the 35th running of the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) for 3-year-olds and up Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Frankie Dettori, Expert Eye covered the mile on a turf course labeled as good in 1:39.80. The victory was the eighth in the Breeders’ Cup for Stoute and 13th for Dettori. Dettori won his first Breeders’ Cup race in 1994 in the Mile with Barathea at Churchill Downs.
Expert Eye is a 3-year-old Great Britain-bred son of Acclamation out of the Dansili mare Exemplify. The victory is his first Grade 1 triumph.
Analyze It set a pressured pace as Expert Eye raced in mid-pack. At the head of the stretch, Dettori swung Expert Eye into the middle of the course for clear sailing as Analyze It battled to fend off Catapult and Divisidero.
Inside the sixteenth pole, Catapult gained a brief advantage only to have Expert Eye surge past just before the wire.
Catapult finished a neck in front of Analyze It, who saved the show spot by a nose over Divisidero.