Expert Eye wins Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs

Expected longshot Golden Mischief enters the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on a three-race winning streak

Expected longshot Golden Mischief enters the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint on a three-race winning streak

In fact, the Classic is a truly an global test this year with Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) victor Thunder Snow (IRE) and UAE Derby Sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) victor Mendelssohn, who enters the Classic off a third-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) September 29 at Belmont Park.

The 4/5 favourite was in the middle of the talented pack for most of the 1-1/16 mile race for male 2 year-olds before he ran down the leaders down the stretch on an overcast day in Kentucky.

Trained in Southern California by last year's Triple Crown victor, Bob Baffert, Game victor got a bit of a slow start in the Juvenile and jockey Joel Rosario had to settle him behind the leaders early. Game Winner also emerged as one of the year's top Juveniles.

Haggas said: "The race didn't really go the way we hoped it would for James, but I'm thrilled with the way she came home".

The charge of Britain's newly crowned champion trainer John Gosden will go off as hot favorite to win Saturday's $4 million Breeders' Cup Turf in Kentucky as she looks to build on a glittering resume.

If ever there was a year for the Europeans to give the Classic a go, this is it.

Jaywalk took the lead the first time under the wire in the Juveline Fillies, held the advantage throughout and went on to win by a commanding 5 1/2 lengths.

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Though unable to seriously threaten the victor, Restless Rider was able to hold off Vibrance by a 1/2-length.

Jaywalk, a gray daughter of Crosstalk, came to Churchill Downs after a victory in the Grade I Frizette at Belmont Park and, by victory of Friday's win, becomes the de facto early favorite for next year's Kentucky Oaks. "He's going to have to jump and race a lot faster than he (usually) does the first two furlongs".

Brown said he was "very confident, but you never know with an global field like this".

- Line of Duty survived a lengthy postrace review before stewards upheld his half-length victory over Uncle Benny in the $1 million Juvenile Turf.

"This is a huge win for me", said Baffert, who second-guessed himself during Game Winner's rough start before his pupil recovered. Her rider Andrea Atzeni said: "She ran a blinder and came home really strongly". East, a Frankel colt, came from the clouds to finish second, best of a very good European contingent.

"Fantastic way to start", Pletcher said. He was comfortable. That's why we got him moving at that point, instead of getting inside and taking back. "That's my view on things", jockey Oisin Murphy said.

Other riders picking up 10 points for victories were 2017 Shoemaker Award victor Javier Castellano in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint on Bulletin and William Buick on Line of Duty in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1). "I really thought there was enough speed in here that she'd probably be sitting off it a bit, but Joel said when she left the gate, he knew right then she had running on her mind, and he just took it from there".

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