In a period of 112 weeks and six races, Justify stunned the horse racing world in 2018 by winning the Triple Crown. He is a straightforward selection for one of our six favorite horses of this year but other celebrity horses also combine the best-of record for the year which was, 2018.
Justify began his career on Feb. 18, dominated the three-year-old branch and became the thirteenth horse in history to win the Triple Crown from the process. Back in July, it was reported that the colt sustained a foot injury and he was murdered. During his short career, Justify also broke the curse of Apollo, becoming the first horse since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby while not hurrying as a 2-year-old. It seemed Justify could have Horse of the Year honors wrapped up yet another celebrity of 2018 emerged to give the Triple Crown winner a run for its title — Accelerate.
The 5-year-old son of Lookin In Lucky raced seven times in 2018, from Feb. to Nov. and notched six wins at that period, with five of those being Grade-1 victories. In his closing race of 2018, Accelerate drew away to some one-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3. He also joined the ranks of Affirmed, Alysheba and Cigar, by winning four Grade 1 races at the distance of 1-1/4 miles on a dirt surface in one year. However, Accelerate needed to share the honour of having the maximum Grade-1 wins in 2018 with a filly named Monomoy Girl.
She started her career with three straight victories, the next being a hard-fought struggle with Wonder Gadot in The Kentucky Oaks where she prevailed by a half an hour. She followed that effort up with wins at the Grade-1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont and also the Grade-1 Coaching Club American Oaks in Saratoga.
Making her next start in the Cotillion Stakes at Parx, Monomoy Girl took control in the stretch and then grabbed the cable but was disqualified and placed second for interfering with Midnight Bisou, that had been awarded the win. Her next beginning was at the Nov. 3, Breeders’ Cup Distaff, where she had been all out to hold off Wow Cat by a span to get a year end score. She completed the year with six victories, five of these this Grade-1 variety and the disqualification at The Cotillion was her only loss of this year. Monomoy Girl is a sure thing for your 2018 Three-Year-old Filly Champion and is expected to keep on racing in 2019.
On Jan. 25, 2018, Gun Runner was voted American Champion Older Dirt Male Horse, in Addition to Horse of the Year for 2017. Two nights after, Gun Runner entered his last and last race, The Pegasus World Cup. He responded with a 2-1/2 length win and closed his career with a five-race winning streak, all of them Grade-1 events.
The $7 million winner’s cut of the purse pushed his lifetime earnings to $15,988,500, which ranks second on the all time earnings record one of North American based thoroughbreds. After the Pegasus World Cup, Gun Runner was retired to stud at Three Chimneys Farm and throughout the 2018 breeding period that he coated 172 mares. His first foals will soon be heading into the racetrack in 2021.
Empower Her lone U.S. start proved to be a good one, winning The Breeders’ Cup Turf and making history by being the only horse to win The Prix De L’Arc de Triomphe and the Breeders’ Cup Turf in precisely the same season. She remains undefeated in seven starts at the distance of 1-1/2 miles. The Breeders’ Cup Turf was just her third start of 2018 because of missing training time in the injury and she’s now won nine races in a row.
Enable has only lost once in her profession and is only the fourth filly to win The Breeders’ Cup Turf. She’s 10 wins and a third place finish from eleven begins with career earnings of $10,705,631. Enable is anticipated to keep on racing in 2019, after a brief rest.
This girl has just been rolling along, as she continues a 29-race win series with 22 of these being Group-1 competitions. She made history in October, when she recorded a record-breaking fourth Cox Plate win. Winx has now won 33 of 39 races, with three second-place finishes and has amassed $22,934,925 in career earnings.
In the World’s Greatest Racehorse Rankings of 2018, Winx has been co-ranked with Cracksman as the best horse in the world. In 2017, she was inducted to The Australian Racing Hall of Fame, only the third horse to make this honour while still in practice. She won the 2018 Secretariat Vox Populi Award, the best pick among race fans from 60 distinct countries.
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