Breeders' Cup 2018 Results: Tracking Winners, Prize Money Payouts on Friday

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistNovember 2, 2018

An exercise rider rides Divisidero during morning workouts before the Breeders Cup horse races at Churchill Downs, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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Before one of the most memorable years in the history of horse racing comes to a close, Churchill Downs hosts the 2018 Breeders' Cup with five races on Friday. 

Even though all eyes will be focused on the Classic being run on Saturday, today's races provide an early look at potential contenders during next year's Triple Crown season. Mendelssohn rode the wave of winning the 2017 Juvenile Turf to an appearance in the Kentucky Derby. 

Here are the results from Friday's Breeders' Cup races as they go final. All of the prize money and betting information is courtesy of the event's official website and the payouts are via the NBC Sports Network broadcast.

Sentient Jet Juvenile ($2 million purse)

Finish — Post — Horse (Win; Place; Show)

1 — 9 — Game Winner ($4.00; $3.20; $2.80)

2 — 10 — Knicks Go (n/a; $21.40; $11.20)

3 — 14 — Signalman (n/a; n/a; $15.80)

Game Winner overcame an ugly start with an outstanding closing stretch to pass Knicks Go for a huge win in the Sentient Jet Juvenile to close Friday's action at the Breeders' Cup.  

Knicks Go, much like the New York Knicks, was defeated in agonizing fashion. Jockey Albin Jimenez got his horse into the top spot coming around the final turn, but it was readily apparent the colt wouldn't be able to keep up his pace. 

Keeping true to his name, Game Winner waited until the very end to put this race away. He seemed like an afterthought early, falling to the middle of the pack and sitting on the outside. Joel Rosario kept his horse on the outside on the last turn with plenty of ground to make up. 

Winning the Juvenile is the latest boost to Game Winner's career. He's now a perfect 4-0 in four races. Recent success stories from this event include 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist and 2017 Arkansas Derby champion Classic Empire. 

Juvenile Turf ($1 million purse)

Finish — Post — Horse (Win; Place; Show)

1 — 5 — Line of Duty ($9.00; $5.20; $4.20)

2 — 2 — Uncle Benny (n/a; $8.00; $5.80)

3 — 7 — Somelikeithotbrown (n/a; n/a; $8.20)

Line of Duty was able to inch past Uncle Benny and Somelikeithotbrown right at the finish line to steal a win in the Juvenile Turf. 

Somelikeithotbrown held a slim lead after the final turn, with Forty Under in second place. Line of Duty was all the way back in fifth place at this point before jockey William T. Buick got him to turn on the jets, leading to a photo finish.

There was controversy from the end of the race when Irad Ortiz Jr., who was riding Uncle Benny, filed an inquiry because there was contact with Line of Duty. Officials ruled against the inquiry, keeping Line of Duty in the winner's circle. 

Somelikeithotbrown looked like the horse to beat most of the way, but jockey Jose Ortiz was unable to keep up that pace down the stretch. 

Line of Duty's win continues the colt's momentum after he had victories at the Maiden Stakes in September and Prix de Conde in October. Uncle Benny held up well over the one-mile track in just the second race of his career. 

Juvenile Fillies ($2 million purse)

Finish — Post — Horse (Win; Place; Show)

1 — 7 — Jaywalk ($13.00; $5.20; $4.20)

2 — 4 — Restless Rider (n/a; $4.00; $3.20)

3 — 3 — Vibrance (n/a; n/a; $10.80)

In the longest race of her career, Jaywalk earned a wire-to-wire victory by six lengths over Restless Rider and Vibrance. 

Jaywalk had been building up to the 1 1/16-mile track. Her last race was the one-mile Frizette on Oct. 7 that she won, giving her three straight victories after a runner-up finish to begin her career. 

If there has been a common theme developing at the Breeders' Cup, it's that getting off to a great start is the best way to have success. Each of the first three winners—Jaywalk, Newspaperofrecord, Bulletin—never trailed. 

Despite being unable to overcome the juggernaut that was Jaywalk, Restless Rider continued her streak of first- or second-place results. The Kenneth G. McPeek-trained filly has five races on her resume with three wins and two runner-up finishes. 

Juvenile Fillies Turf ($1 million purse)

Finish — Post — Horse (Win; Place; Show)

1 — 6 — Newspaperofrecord ($3.20; $2.60; $2.40)

2 — 14 — East (n/a; $8.20; $6.00)

3 — 7 — Stellar Agent (n/a; n/a; $21.00)

There was little drama in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, as morning-line favorite (2-1) Newspaperofrecord blew past the rest of the field for the win.

Ortiz, knowing he had a comfortable lead to work with, kept Newspaperofrecord on the outside coming down the back stretch. He eventually moved the filly closer to the rail as they approached the finish line, not that the outcome was ever in doubt. 

Newspaperofrecord's trainer Chad Brown told NBC Sports Network (h/t Horse Racing Nation) after the race his two-year-old was a "freaky horse" whose talent is "up there with some of the best" he's ever worked with. His resume includes 2017 Preakness Stakes winner Cloud Computing, so that's a high compliment. 

Stellar Agent turned in one of the most surprising performances of the race, emerging as a 30-1 underdog to finish third place. 

Juvenile Turf Sprint ($1 million purse)

Finish — Post — Horse (Win; Place; Show)

1 — 5 — Bulletin ($10.60; $6.20; $4.40)

2 — 9 — Chelsea Cloisters (n/a; $19.80; $10.60)

3 — 10 — So Perfect (n/a; n/a; $5.80)

  

Jockey Javier Castellano made history by leading Bulletin to an easy win in the inaugural Juvenile Turf Sprint to kick off Friday's races. 

Starting from the fifth post, Bulletin stormed out of the gate in the lead and went wire-to-wire to earn his second win in two career races.

"He flew out of there," trainer Todd Pletcher told NBC Sports Network (h/t Horse Racing Nation). "He almost left Javier. Broke great, just took it to them. It was a tremendous effort.”

Solider's Call, who started the race with the second-best odds at 9-2, stumbled at the start to fall behind the pack and was unable to recover.

Finishing a distant second, Chelsea Cloisters remains in search of her first victory. The two-year-old filly has now been the runner-up in each of her last four races, dating back to the Prix du Bois in July. 

So Perfect was hot on Chelsea Cloisters' tail before ultimately settling for third place. She has finished in the top three in each of her past four races, including winning July's Grangecon Stud Stakes.

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