Undefeated Flightline Maintains Lead in Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

July 12, 2022

LEXINGTON, Ky. ― Following the third week of voting, Hronis Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Summer Wind Equine LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Woodford Racing LLC’s Flightline remains at No. 1 in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, with Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) winner Olympiad moving into second place. The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings is a weekly rating of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 5.

The 4-year-old Flightline, a 6-length winner of the Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on June 11, earned 269 votes. Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable LLC, and LNJ Foxwoods’ 4-year-old Olympiad,undefeated in five starts this year,improved from third to second place this week, registering 217 votes. CHC, Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC’s 4-year-old Life Is Good, winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) in January and the John A. Nerud Stakes (G2) on July 2, drops from second place to third with 210 votes.

The next six places in the rankings remain unchanged from last week.

Country Grammer, owned by Commonwealth Thoroughbreds, LLC, WinStar Farm LLC, and Zedan Racing Stables, Inc., is in fourth place. Winner of the Dubai World Cup (G1), Country Grammer has 180 votes. Boat Racing, LLC, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing, and William Strauss’4-year-old Hot Rod Charlie, second in theDubai World Cup, is in fifth place with 126 votes.

Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Epicenter leads a trio of 3-year-olds for positions six through eight. Epicenter, who finished second in both the Kentucky Derby (G1) and the Preakness Stakes (G1), is in sixth with 94 votes, and is followed by Klaravich Stables Inc.’s Preakness Stakes winner Early Voting (76 votes), and Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud, and Peter Brant’s undefeated Jack Christopher, who has 65 votes.

CRK Stable LLC’s 5-year-old Express Train,winner of  the Santa Anita Handicap (G1), is in ninth place with 48 votes. CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC’s 4-year-old Americanrevolution (44 votes), second in the Stephen Foster, rounds out the top 10.

Jeff Drown’s 3-year-old Zandon, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, drops to 12th place after being tied for 10th last week.

The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll is determined by a panel of leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers, and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel. Rankings will be announced each week through Oct. 11. A list of voting members can be found here.

In the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, each voter rates horses on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system in descending order.

Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings – July 12, 2022*

RankHorseVotesFirst-Place VotesPrevious Week
3Life Is Good21022
4Country Grammer18004
5Hot Rod Charlie12605
7Early Voting7607
8Jack Christopher6508
9Express Train4809

*Note – The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings have no bearing on qualification or selection into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The 2022 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, which will be run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track at Keeneland, is limited to 14 starters. The race will be broadcast live on NBC.

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