Game Winner takes charge late to win Breeders Cup Juvenile

Sherman Parsons
November 6, 2018

"To me, he's the Horse of the Year, no doubt", Sadler said. With Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia, and others trying to land the world's top horses, Delgado said Breeders' Cup has to compete. "Me and [owner Kosta Hronis] have a philosophy, at the end of the year we evaluate the horses, and if they're in good shape and we think they're going to have another good year, then we continue to race them, because that's what we do and it's what we enjoy".

The three-year-old Roaring Lion was third behind Masar in the Epsom Derby in June, but hit back with four Group One wins including the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at the season-ending British Champions Day at Ascot in September.

Trainer John Gosden is also hopeful that the filly can overcome her light campaign and win at the famous Churchill Downs track tomorrow.

The Classic was won by favourite Accelerate while O'Brien's Mendelssohn paid the price for going too hard in front and finished fifth.

"I am just thankful to be back here", he said.

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.

Game Winner also emerged as one of the year's top Juveniles. "I got a ideal trip", said Ortiz.

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Jaywalk emerged as the early favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with a dominating 5½-length win in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. He seemed like he didn't mind that.

The race lacked the retired 3-year-old star and left a wide-open field, which the 5-year-old chestnut horse eventually overtook after breaking from the No. 14 post as the favorite.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, the man behind Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify, is targeting a fourth Classic win in five years.

Game Winner will hope to follow in the footsteps of Juvenile winners Nyquist in 2015 and Street Sense in 2006, who went on to win the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs the next year.

- Line of Duty survived a lengthy postrace review before stewards upheld his half-length victory over Uncle Benny in the $1 million Juvenile Turf. East, a Frankel colt, came from the clouds to finish second, best of a very good European contingent.

One of the best-fancied European juveniles, Soldier's Call, missed the start badly, was hustled up by jockey Oisin Murphy and then exhausted in the stretch run to miss the frame. The Irish bred improved to 3-0 lifetime, winning each time by at least six lengths. First, Stormy Liberal defended his title in the $1-million Turf Sprint, surging late after a stretch-long duel to defeat World of Trouble.

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