After going 37 years without a Triple Crown, horse racing celebrated its second Triple Crown winner in just the last four years as Justify joined the ranks of 2015 champion American Pharoah when he captured the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Not only was 2018 the year of Justify, it’ll also be remembered for dozens of heart-stopping races, thrilling battles and long-shot winners for the ages. We’re looking back on the year by counting down the top 15 races, one race a day, until the calendar turns to 2019.

*Note that our list of best races for 2018 only includes races run in North America.

To view the other top 15 races, click here and scroll down.

#3: Enable Pulls Off the Arc-Breeders’ Cup Double

She had already established herself as one of the best horses of a generation in Europe – and the question was, could Enable do what no other horse in history had ever done by winning the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (France’s biggest horse race) and then follow it up with a victory in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf weeks later? The answer, emphatically, was yes! Her victory delighted the crowd at Churchill Downs and it was capped off by a signature flying dismount from legendary rider Frankie Dettori.


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