Nov 3, 2018; Louisville, KY, USA; A pack of horses run in the Maker’s Mark Breeders Cup Filly & Mare Turf during the 35th Breeders Cup world championships at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
(Reuters) – Enable battled from behind to win the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf in thrilling fashion at Churchill Downs on Saturday.
The back-to-back Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winning filly, a 4-5 bet, edged 10-1 Magical, who came in second, and 37-1 Sadler’s Joy, who finished a distant third in the 1 1/2-miles race.
Enable, trained by John Gosden, has now won 10 of her last 11 starts and continues to make a case for being among the best horses in the world.
Enable spent most of Saturday’s race in the middle of the pack before jockey Frankie Dettori swung her far outside after the final turn in what was ultimately a two-horse race with fellow filly Magical.
The win ended doubts about Enable’s health after she missed most of the year with a leg injury before returning to win the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe last month.
“It was a big ask for the fillies. Everyone knows she’s had a difficult year,” said Gosden, who won the Breeders’ Cup Classic with Raven’s Pass in 2008.
“She didn’t quite come here in the form that she would have come last year but she’s done it,” he said after the filly’s first race on U.S. soil.
“It was a wonderful, wonderful stretch run between two great fillies and two great jockeys. She did it today with sheer guts and determination.”
Reporting by Rory Carroll, editing by Ed Osmond