Breeders' Cup: Arc heroine Enable eyes Churchill Downs triumph

    Frankie Dettori rode Enable to a second consecutive Arc victory in Paris last month.

    (CNN)She is the double heroine of Paris' Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and now the electric Enable will look to light up Saturday's Breeders' Cup meeting at Churchill Downs.

    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.
    The four-year-old, owned by Saudi Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, has won nine of 10 starts and triumphed in her last eight races including a first Arc victory at Chantilly in 2017. She has won more than $7.6million in her storied career.
      She will be ridden by regular jockey Frankie Dettori and will go off from the favored stall two in the one-and-a half-mile test at the famous Louisville racecourse.
      Enable stormed from the pack in the final 100 meters at Paris Longchamp last month and held on for a narrow win as the fast-finishing Sea of Class chased her down.
      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. Gosden and Prince Khalid are not ruling out a bid for an historic third straight Arc win next year.
      Her biggest threat at Churchill Downs could be from Waldgeist, trained in Chantilly by Frenchman Andre Fabre, who was a close fourth behind Enable in the Arc. Fabre's defending champion Talismanic will be inside Enable in stall one.
      The one ray of hope for the competition is the statistic that Arc winners are 0-7 when taking on the Breeders' Cup Turf in the same year. On the other hand, eight of the last 10 winners have traveled from overseas, including the last three, and Enable is fresh, having only raced twice this season.
      "Records are there to be broken," the 47-year-old Dettori said Wednesday.
      Chad Brown, trainer of US spearhead Robert Bruce, told the Breeders Cup website: "It's obviously exciting to have her come over and participate in the Breeders' Cup, but it's a tall order to run against her."