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.
#8: Discreet Lover Upsets the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Odds of 45-1
As one might imagine, most horse owners and trainers only dream of the opportunity to have a horse that can compete in a Grade 1 race worth $750,000. That was certainly true for Uriah St. Lewis, the owner and trainer of Discreet Lover, a scrappy horse that St. Lewis had purchased for $10,000. You would’ve never known it watching the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, as Discreet Lover sat off a hot pace and rallied late to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year. A jubilant scene followed, as St. Lewis’ children – who also assist in his horse operation –celebrated their father and one of the unlikeliest winners in the long and storied history of the Jockey Club Gold Cup.