It was a great weekend of racing at legendary Churchill Downs, and the rain managed to hold off to make the track conditions Fast & Firm. There was Value to be had and we at DRB hope you got yours. Here are the results of Saturday’s races.
Filly & Mare Sprint: SHAMROCK ROSE, who came into the race off of a victory in the Grade 2 Raven Run last month at Keeneland, returned $53.80, $21.40 and $11.20. CHALON paid $14.60 and $9.20, with ANONYMITY returning $15.60. Which lead to the biggest pay-out(s) of the day: $2 Exacta $720. $1 Trifecta $6,121. .10 cent Superfecta $2,805. WOW!!
Turf Sprint: STORMY LIBERAL paid $16 to Win, while a $2 Exacta paid $65.80 and a $1 Trifecta paid $115.30.
Dirt Mile: Ridden by Javier Castellano, CITY OF LIGHT paid $7.20, topping a $44 dollar Exacta, with a dollar Trifecta earning $244.
Filly & Mare Turf: SISTERCHARLIE paid $8.60 for the Win. A neck back was WILD ILLUSION, with A RAVING BEAUTY finishing third.
Sprint: ROY H paid $7.40 to Win. WHITMORE was 2nd and IMPERIAL HINT was third, rounding out a $62.60 dollar Trifecta.
MILE: EXPERT EYE paid $13.80 to Win. CATAPULT was runner up, with ANALYZE IT, with Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard coming third.
Distaff: This year’s Kentucky Oaks winner MONOMOY GIRL completed a remarkable 2018 by winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. She went off as the 9-to-5 favorite and paid $5.60 for a two dollar wager.
Turf: ENABLE became the dazzling filly that could, capturing the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Turf. She is the first thoroughbred to win both the Turf and the European classic Arc de Triomphe in the same season. She was the over-whelming Post-Time favorite, and paid $3.60 to Win.
Classic: ACCELERATE, the 5-2 favorite with Joel Rosario aboard, won the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, holding off 30-1 GUNNAVERA and 14-1 THUNDERSNOW. Even with the favorite Winning the race the pay-outs were exceptional: $2 Exacta $261. $1 Trifecta $1,613. Ten cent Superfecta $1,617.
That was a nice financial way to wrap up the Breeders’ Cup racing card. Thoroughbred racing goes into a bit of a competitive lull for a few weeks, but The Fairgrounds opens for its Fall meet on Thanksgiving, and minor Kentucky Derby prep races begin in December so we’ve got those on the horizon. So be sure to keep visiting the Daily Racing Blog for insights and updates on the wonderful world of racing.