2022 Breeders' Cup Classic

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Every sport has a definitive year-ending event to crown its champions. In Thoroughbred racing, the Breeders' Cup World Championships is the culmination of the horse racing season worldwide and the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic is the defining event of the international racing season.

Breeders' Cup Classic

Purse:$6,000,000Grade: 1
Distance: 1 1/4 MilesAge: 3+

The 2022 Breeders' Cup Classic will be held at Keeneland on Saturday, November 5th. Bet & watch the race with OffTrackBetting.com (OTB) - US Legal Online Wagering.

The 39th Breeders' Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing's most prestigious two-day global event, consisting of 14 races with purses and awards totaling more than $28 million, will be held at Keeneland, on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. There will be five Breeders' Cup races on Championship Friday and nine Breeders' Cup races on Championship Saturday.

The $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1), the climactic event of the Championships, will be run on the main track at 1 ΒΌ miles with a first-place owner's prize of $3.12 million. On 13 occasions, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Classic also has been named Horse of the Year, and this year's Classic will once again have ramifications on the coveted year-end title.

Flightline Finishes No. 1 in 2022 Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings

OCT 11 - The undefeated Flightline has finished No. 1 in the final Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings, earning a unanimous vote in the international poll. 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.

Flightline, owned by Hronis Racing LLC, Siena Farm LLC, Summer Wind Equine LLC, West Point Thoroughbreds, and Woodford Racing, LLC, received 350 votes. Much like his races, Flightline led the Classic Rankings from start to finish, which comprised a 16-week poll. Trained by John Sadler, Flightline has won both the Hill `N' Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) this year. Flightline worked 6 furlongs in 1:12.4 at Santa Anita Park on Saturday in preparation for the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic.

The 3-year-old Epicenter, trained by Steve Asmussen, winner of the Runhappy Travers Stakes (G1), finished second with 291 votes. The 4-year-old Life Is Good, who captured the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga and the Woodward (G1) at Aqueduct, finished third in the Classic Rankings. Owned by CHC Inc. and WinStar Farm LLC, and trained by Todd Pletcher, Life Is Good earned 265 votes.

Zedan Racing Stable's Taiba, winner of the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) for trainer Bob Baffert, finished fourth with 217 votes. Olympiad, owned by Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable LLC, and LNJ Foxwoods, finished fifth with 216 votes. Olympiad, trained by Bill Mott, has won six of seven races this year, including Saratoga's Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1).

Boat Racing, LLC, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing, and William Strauss' Hot Rod Charlie, winner of the Lukas Classic Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs, finished in sixth place with 191 votes. Country Grammer, winner of the Dubai World Cup (G1), wound up in seventh place with 94 votes.

Rich Strike, owned by RED TR-Racing, LLC, and trained by Eric Reed, finished in eighth place. Runner-up in the Lukas Classic, Rich Strike earned 73 votes. Gold Square LLC's Cyberknife, winner of the Haskell Stakes (G1), finished in ninth place with 69 votes.

Wertheimer and Frere's Happy Saver, second in the Whitney Stakes, finished in 10th place with 42 votes.

The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings was voted upon by leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers, and members of the Breeders' Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel.


Breeders' Cup Race Grade Purse Date
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint I $1,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf I $1,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies I $2,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf I $1,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Juvenile I $2,000,000 November 4
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint I $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint I $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile I $1,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Sprint I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Mile I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Distaff I $2,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Turf I $4,000,000 November 5
Breeders' Cup Classic I $6,000,000 November 5

Recent Breeders' Cup Classic Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
2021 Knicks Go Joel Rosario Brad H. Cox 1:59.57
2020 Authentic John R. Velazquez Bob Baffert 1:59.19
2019 Vino Rosso Irad Ortiz, Jr. Todd Pletcher 2:02.80
2018 Accelerate Joel Rosario John Sadler 2:02.93
2017 Gun Runner Florent Geroux Steve Asmussen 2:01.29
2016 Arrogate Mike Smith Bob Baffert 2:00.11
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert 2:00.07
2014 Bayern Martin Garcia Bob Baffert 1:59.88
2013 Mucho Macho Man Gary L. Stevens Katherine Ritvo 2:00.72
2012 Fort Larned Brian Hernandez Ian Wilkes 2:00.11
2011 Drosselmeyer Mike E. Smith William I. Mott 2:04.27
2010 Blame Garrett Gomez Albert M. Stall, Jr. 2:02.28
2009 Zenyatta Mike E. Smith John Shirreffs 2:00.32
2008 Raven's Pass Frankie Dettori John Gosden 1:59.27
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