When you think about choosing a “Race of the Year,” the default choice is often a) something historic, or b) a thrilling, spine-tingling finish. Maybe something in combination, if you’re lucky to find one. Justify‘s Triple Crown-sweeping Belmont Stakes (G1) might be the moment of the year if not the race of the year due to its historic significance. As far as a tight finish, the Metropolitan H. (G1) featuring Bee Jersey and Mind Your Biscuits on the Belmont Stakes undercard was about as exciting as anything seen all season. But my 2018 U.S. Race of the Year choice is the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on November 3. Two-time Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe (G1) heroine Enable willed her way to become the first horse ever to win the Arc and Turf in the same season, racing very wide most of the way over what jockey Frankie Dettori considered the best available footing on a rain-softened course. Enable faced her sternest hurdle in the name of Magical through much of the stretch, but finally put that progressive three-year-old away in the final strides as the two finished well clear of what constituted the best of the American turf division. It seems unlikely that Enable will be back to try another Turf at Santa Anita in 2019, but for sure stays in training looking to become the first three-time Arc winner. Regardless of whether she turns in a full campaigned beforehand or is forced by circumstance into an abbreviated one as was the case this year, she’s already earned her legendary status and will be hard to topple.