Saturday, did not go almost as well.
That Arc win is a testament to Gosden's skill and Enable's resilience.
The wait is over for highly respected trainer John Sadler, but he wasn't all that interested in talking about winning his first Breeders' Cup race after years of trying. The 4-year-old filly has now won nine straight races and has two wins in the Arc de Triomphe on her resume. "Me and [owner Kosta Hronis] have a philosophy, at the end of the year we evaluate the horses, and if they're in good shape and we think they're going to have another good year, then we continue to race them, because that's what we do and it's what we enjoy".
"To me, he's the Horse of the Year, no doubt", Sadler said. She had a fabulous filly running against her and they were way clear of the third. The two fillies went through the stretch away from the rest of the field in their own private match race with the John Gosden trainee showing her enormous class at the end. We've come out on top and full marks to the filly because she's been very courageous and mentally very strong to get herself here.
It was a triumph of "sheer determination" and "class", according to Gosden, who revealed she had an injury-disrupted year including a temperature in the weeks before the Arc.More news: Oprah: 'Not Trying to Test Any Waters' With Abrams Speeches
History was against her though as no Arc victor had graduated to Breeders' Cup glory in the same season, but history was rewritten as she powered home. "He was keen to come here and has been rewarded".
Dettori had already landed the Breeders' Cup Mile on Sir Michael Stoute-trained Expert Eye in the colours of Khaled Abdullah when he lined up on the same owner's dual Prix De L'Arc de Triomphe victor. The bay daughter of Lope de Vega, who captured the Grade 2 Miss Grillo at Belmont on September 30, was first out of the gate and first home in the one-mile turf event, stopping the clock in 1:39 flat over a yielding turf. "Joel said that two jumps out of the gate, she just took him there".
"We had two inches of rain this last 48 hours and her wheels were spinning round the bend, so I took her on a wide trip to get her on fresh ground and then she was comfortable". Jaywalk dug in with her head cocked a bit to the stands, and she found another gear in midstretch to shoot away after Joel Rosario threw a cross.
Teddy Grimthorpe, Prince Khalid's racing manager, played a straight bat when the question of Enable's future was raised. "He knew what was under him - got there in time".
Frankie Dettori charted a wide course throughout and loomed widest of all around the home turn with Ryan Moore saving some ground to split horses inside him aboard Magical. The daughter of Cross Traffic went gate-to-wire under Rosario in the $2-million Juvenile Fillies, contested at 1 1/16 miles over the Churchill main, to win by a commanding 5 1/2 lengths in 1:43.62.