Even from the 14th post position there was no stopping Accelerate in the 10 furlong, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The five-year-old son of Lookin’ At Lucky earns trainer John Sadler his first Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Joel Rosario was on the mount for the winning ride. Favored Accelerate wins his fourth Grade 1 in a 2018 campaign that included victories at the Pacific Classic, Awesome Again, the Gold Cup, and the Santa Anita Handicap.
Gunnevera was second, Thunder Snow third, Yoshida fourth. Fractions:
:223, :462, 1:103, 1:354, 2:024
Farewell to the big, beautiful chestnut champ Justify. His Triple Crown campaign was an amazing gift for horse racing fans who will go on to tell the story of Justify, the horse who only began racing as a three-year-old, going from maiden in February to undefeated Triple Crown winner in June.
With Justify’s belated start to racing and late arrival on the Derby trail, he had no time for for a layoff, running six races straight. His Triple Crown campaign tested him on the rainiest day in Kentucky Derby history (where he became the first horse since 1882 to win the Derby without having raced at two-years-old), and then he was pressed by Good Magic in a thick fog on another sloppy sealed track at the Preakness. Three weeks later he emerged still undefeated, and a Triple Crown winner, on a beautiful day at Belmont Park.
Justify earned his time away from the track, but it is sad to see an ankle inflammation end his future racing plans because he will not be ready to complete his career with a Fall Breeders’ Cup campaign as originally planned. His owners do not want to risk racing him at four, and his breeding rights may be sold to Coolmore for $45 million.
A closer look at 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify parading on Stephen Foster Night. And a fan asking Bob Baffert to play guitar for us, which he did during one of the Triple Crown broadcasts. Freebird!
Four-year-old Pavel, trained by Doug O’Neill, wins the Grade 1, 9 furlong Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Mario
Gutierrez was on the mount. Pavel earns a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic! Honorable Duty
third. Pavel paid $15.60, the $2 exacta was
$762.55, trifecta $928.99
Justify Parading at Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Night
Justify, the beautiful, undefeated chestnut Triple Crown winner of 2018 parades at Churchill Downs. And amazingly Churchill or Justify’s connections did not remember that fans did not like the Triple Crown blanket covering up American Pharoah when they did this with him in 2015. Next Saturday Justify will appear in a ceremony at Santa Anita.
The Paulick Report celebrates its 10th anniversary and looks back on Justify’s Triple Crown and Mike Repole’s crying about not everything his way… against an undefeated horse who won the Triple Crown. SMH!
Which of Justify’s Triple Crown race victories was most impressive?
DRF Previews Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs (6/16/18)
A weekend after the 13th Triple Crown we have nothing less than Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs this Saturday. The main event is the 9 furlong Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap featuring horses like Backyard Heaven, Irish War Cry, Pavel, and… PATCH! Patch won a 1 1/16 n1x last time out at Belmont Park and will carry 116. The heavyweight is morning line favorite Backyard Heaven with 121 pounds, he won the Grade 2 Alysheba last time out.
Also on the card is the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes for three-year-olds, featuring Ax Man, Funny Duck, and Combatant among others from this year’s Triple Crown worthy three-year-old crop! Preview below.
Watch and wager with free PPs at the official ADW of Churchill Downs, TwinSpires.