by Breeders' Cup Notes Team
November 3, 2018
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.