If Newspaperofrecord were to travel to Britain next year, Royal Ascot would doubtless be the likeliest destination, and she could lend some real x-factor to the meeting were she to turn up in this sort of shape.
The race favorite was bumped after breaking from the No. 9 post and lagged in the middle of the 13-horse field before pushing forward on the outside and into contention at the top of the stretch.
Newspaperofrecord, trained by Chad Brown and sent off a 3-5 favorite, leapt out of the gate and shot to the front under Irad Ortiz in the one mile, $1 million race on a Churchill Downs turf track labeled good despite heavy mid-week rain.
"We've just got to keep him healthy", he said of the horse, who improved to 4-0 in his young career. "These races are hard to win".
The Breeders' Cup, the nearest thing to a world championship for racehorses, takes place at Churchill Downs on Saturday and as dusk falls on Kentucky, racing's spiritual home in America, it will conclude with the $6 million [£4.6m] Classic, a race which has established itself as the most important all-age dirt race on the planet. The speedy chestnut, a victor at first asking at Gulfstream Park, blasted out of the gate in the 5 1/2-furlong turf sprint and never looked back en route to a 2 ¾-length score in 1:05.54. Justify, the 2018 Triple Crown victor, won't run in the marquee event of Breeders' Cup weekend. Go Knicks was second, 6 1/4 lengths to the good of Signalman.
"He broke fine, but it looked like they took my spot and I had to go wide", said Rosario, who has eight Breeders' Cup titles after winning twice on Friday.
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Vardy, who has been sharing his memories of Mr Srivaddhanaprabha on social media, said: "It'll be massively important we attend". The week-long ceremony at the Wat Thepsirin Buddhist temple begins with three days of royally-sponsored bathing rites.
The Classic triumph capped a successful Breeders' Cup for the jockey, who also rode Game Winner and Jaywalk to victories on Friday in the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies Turf, respectively. He also rode Jaywalk to a wire-to-wire victory by 5 ½ lengths in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. He seemed like he didn't mind that. When I asked her, she exploded for home.
Accelerate's challengers include a strong foreign contingent that features Japanese-bred Yoshida, trained by two-time Classic victor Bill Mott and owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club International - who teamed up to take Justify to the Triple Crown.
We have nine stakes races on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. ET and going through the Breeders' Cup Classic at 5:44 p.m. ET.
Though unable to seriously threaten the victor, Restless Rider was able to hold off Vibrance by a 1/2-length.
Line of Duty saved ground behind the early speed in the Juvenile Turf, had to swing wide at the top of the stretch to find running room and was just up in time to score by 1/2 length over Uncle Benny.
The familiar New York-based jockey-trainer combination of Todd Pletcher and Javier Castellano teamed up to win the day's opening Breeders' Cup race, the newly minted $1-million Juvenile Turf Sprint with Bulletin. It gave co-owners Winstar Farm and China Horse Farm another significant win six months after claiming the Derby with Justify.