After going 37 years without a Triple Crown, horse racing celebrated its second Triple Crown winner in just the last four years as Justify joined the ranks of 2015 champion American Pharoah when he captured the 2018 Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Not only was 2018 the year of Justify, it’ll also be remembered for dozens of heart-stopping races, thrilling battles and long-shot winners for the ages. We’re looking back on the year by counting down the top 15 races, one race a day, until the calendar turns to 2019.
*Note that our list of best races for 2018 only includes races run in North America.
To view the other top 15 races, click here and scroll down.
#11: Wonder Gadot Wows in the Queen’s Plate
Named after the star actress who portrayed Wonder Woman by her owner and film producer Gary Barber, Wonder Gadot was destined for the spotlight, and she found it in late June at Woodbine. The Canadian-bred filly followed up a tough defeat at the hands of likely 3-year-old filly champion Monomoy Girl in the Longines Kentucky Oaks by winning Canada’s version of the Kentucky Derby. Wonder Gadot easily held off a massive field at Woodbine that included 15 other challengers to win the Queen’s Plate by nearly five lengths.