The five-year-old trained by John Sadler arrives at Churchill Downs having won three straight races by a combined margin of 19 lengths.
The star of Saturday's show was Enable and the super filly did not disappoint in the $4-million Turf.
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. "He scared me a bit, but he was brilliant on him, he knew what was under him". "Me and [owner Kosta Hronis] have a philosophy, at the end of the year we evaluate the horses, and if they're in good shape and we think they're going to have another good year, then we continue to race them, because that's what we do and it's what we enjoy".
"He really jumped well and gathered his stride very quickly".
Game victor found himself chasing 40-1 long shot Knicks Go as the field turned onto the long Churchill Downs stretch and that one proved tough to reel in.
It was not a pretty victory as the chestnut colt, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, did not break well from the gate and bumped into Knicks Go while making his move from the outside down the stretch. Signalman was a length back in third.
But not without some anxious moments for the Hall of Fame trainer and co-owners Gary and Mary West.
The win puts Game Winner at the top of the prospects list for the 2019 Kentucky Derby and Baffert clearly had that in mind.
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"He likes Churchill Downs, that's a good sign", Baffert said of the colt that has won four of four starts.
While he was winning the 2017 Turf Sprint off a June layoff, it had been a much smoother 6-year-old season for Stormy Liberal, whose lone subpar effort came when a troubled sixth, beaten only two lengths, by Disco Partner in the GII Jaipur S.at Belmont Park June 9.
Even though the Triple Crown races get most of the attention, the Breeders' Cup is where the money is at. "There's nothing like a 2-year-old when you're thinking about the spring classics and all".
"I did not expect to be favored in there", added owner Michael Dubb.
Game Winner's first three victories came in Southern California. It was the seventh win for the four-year-old Irish-bred filly who was sent off as the 3-1 second choice. He never really was challenged in any of those races. The favorite, Bellafina, raced right behind the victor into the stretch but ran out of gas and was all out to finish fourth.
The win ended doubts about Enable's health after she missed most of the year with a leg injury before returning to win the Arc last month. The Frizette was a one-turn mile - her first trip beyond 5 1/2 furlongs. The feature is the $2 million Juvenile, where 5-2 favorite Complexity will race 1/16 mile in search of a 3-0 start. "He just got there in time". A near-miss second in the G1 Al Quoz Sprint earlier in the year, Stormy Liberal returned to California and was entering his title defense off narrow scores in a July 25 optional claimer at Del Mar, a defeat of Richard's Boy in the August 17 Green Flash H. and a measured tally from another stablemate, Conquest Tsunami (Stormy Atlantic), in the GIII Eddie D.S. down the hill September 28. "He's just a great horse and had a great year".
"She ran the way she was training", said trainer Brad Cox.