But he saved the best for last, overtaking the field after the final turn to win horse racing's richest competition under sunny skies in Kentucky. He has never looked back. She has now won nine races in a row, including the Turf, two Arcs, two Classics and the King George at Ascot.
The biggest European team ever to travel to a Breeders' Cup had mixed fortunes over the two days, and the three runners from British and Irish stables in the Classic 40 minutes later had no answer to the stretch run of the favourite, Accelerate. The 2-year-olds competing in the Breeders' Cup races are the likely favorites for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby in the spring.
The straight-talking Servis ran down his thoughts about his five runners this weekend. "Turning for home, the more I rode him, the more he gave it to me".
Chad Brown, trainer of USA spearhead Robert Bruce, told the Breeders Cup website: "It's obviously exciting to have her come over and participate in the Breeders' Cup, but it's a tall order to run against her".
His third Grade 1 victory comes just over a month since winning the American Pharoah, named for the 2015 Triple Crown victor that Baffert also trained.
A five-year-old, Accelerate took his game another notch this year, winning the Santa Anita Handicap, the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and the Pacific Classic at Del Mar.
"He's had a really lovely year", trainer John Sadler said this week.
"It was a big ask for the filly and everyone knows she's had a hard year", said Gosden, winning his first Turf, but fifth Breeders' Cup prize.More news: Blizzard announces long-awaited Warcraft 3 remaster at Blizzcon
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However, Accelerate was a worthy victor, with Gunnevera second.
"We had the rain and her wheels were spinning around the bends, so I took her wide to get the fresh ground and she got comfortable and found another gear".
The relieved jockey said: "I've never been so tense on a racecourse, but that was a great decision by the stewards because we saw the best horse won the race".
Instead, Goldberg is riding a double-digit underdog to win the Breeders' Cup Classic in shocking fashion. "He broke like a shot and put me in a real good position". "As we got in to the straight, I asked him to pick up and the response wasn't there for about 100m".
The back-to-back Arc winning filly, a 4-5 bet, edged 10-1 Magical, who came in second, and 37-1 Sadler's Joy, who finished a distant third in the 1 1/2-miles race.
The Classic triumph capped a successful Breeders' Cup for the jockey, who also rode Game Winner and Jaywalk to victories on Friday in the Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies Turf, respectively.
The four-year-old will bid to become the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor to follow up at the feature American meeting. First, Stormy Liberal defended his title in the $1-million Turf Sprint, surging late after a stretch-long duel to defeat World of Trouble. Discreet Lover is his first graded stakes victor and won the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup in his last start at odds of 45-1. The 4-year-old has won both starts this year, including her second consecutive win in the Arc de Triomphe in France by a neck.