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.
#13: Knicks Go Pulls A 70-1 Shocker in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity
From a large and talented field of 2-year-old horses (many of whom will surely establish themselves as contenders for the 2019 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve) emerged a horse that few people ever dreamed could win a race like the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity. Bred by a 26-year-old in Maryland, trained by a young trainer from Kentucky and ridden by a lesser-known jockey, Knicks Go sprung an upset for the ages at Keeneland by winning the race at odds of 70-1. It was the first Grade 1 win for jockey Albin Jimenez, trainer Ben Colebrook and breeders Sabrina Moore and her mother, Angie.