Breeders’ Cup Classic Named 2022 Longines World’s Best Horse Race

January 17, 2023

Flightline soars in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Courtney Snow/Past The Wire)

Breeders’ Cup Press Release

LONDON— The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic has been named the 2022 Longines World’s Best Horse Race at the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ (IFHA) Longines World Racing Awards.

“Breeders’ Cup is honored and humbled to have received this award in a year that has seen amazing Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. and around the world,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Drew Fleming.

Fleming took the stage at the 2022 Longines World Racing Awards ceremony hosted at the historic Banqueting House in London to receive the prestigious award. He proclaimed this year’s Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for any sports fan,” and thanked Longines and the IFHA, as well as 2022 World Championships host Keeneland Race Course and the Breeders’ Cup staff, Board of Directors, members and nominators from around the world.

The Longines World’s Best Horse Race is determined by averaging the rankings of the first four placed horses. The 2022 Classic earned a 126.75 rating. This is the second time the Breeders’ Cup Classic has been honored.

Today’s ceremony was also highlighted by the crowning of Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Flightline as the 2022 Longines World’s Best Racehorse. Flightline capped off a legendary career when he won the crowning race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships by a record 8¼ lengths.

“Breeders’ Cup was proud to witness and be a part of his stunning victory and the dazzling performances of all of our runners at Keeneland in November,” said Fleming after the event in London. “We all feel privileged to be recognized today alongside a horse like Flightline as well as his incredibly committed connections. “

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