Breeders' Cup meeting 2018: Line of Duty wins Juvenile Turf – live!
William Buick prevailed despite a stewards’ enquiry to earn Europe’s first victory of the 2018 meeting at Churchill Downs
Europe broke its duck at this year’s Breeders’ Cup meeting in a dramatic race for the Juvenile Turf, as Line Of Duty and William Buick finished fast and late to overhaul Uncle Benny three strides from the line but then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry after contact between the pair in the closing stages.
The first two races on the grass had been won by front-runners before the field went to post for the Juvenile Turf, and for much of the race it seemed that it would follow the same theme. Somelikeithotbrown was quickly away from the stalls and led until the straight, where he briefly quickened into a clear lead.
The action is drawing to a close here at Churchill Downs but there are still nine Breeders’ Cup races to come on the main Saturday card tomorrow, including Enable’s attempt to become the first Arc winner to follow up in the States and Mendelssohn’s challenge for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
I’ll be back to report on all the action direct from the track tomorrow afternoon, when the first of the Breeders’ Cup races is due off at 16.00GMT. For now, though, this is Greg Wood signing off from Louisville.