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.
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#12: Bee Jersey Holds Off Mind Your Biscuits in the Met Mile
Making his first start after capturing his second straight Dubai Golden Shaheen at Meydan, fan favorite Mind Your Biscuits returned to New York looking like the horse to beat in the Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, better known as the Met Mile. But it was a newcomer named Bee Jersey who would ultimately go off as a slight favorite and work his way to a comfortable lead over an extremely talented field. Coming off the turn, Mind Your Biscuits set his sights on the leader and made a ferocious run at Bee Jersey. In a thrilling charge to the wire, Mind Your Biscuits made it close but couldn’t land a tight photo finish that went to Bee Jersey.