The Breeders Cup is just right around the corner this November 2022, where the best-thoroughbred horses across the globe will face each other to become the best in the world. The tournament comprises fourteen championship races on different surfaces and distances, and among those races, the Classic is the most anticipated.
The Breeders Cup Classic is a race between 3-year-old or older thoroughbred horses that will run a distance of 1 ¼ mile in the dirt with a maximum of 14 horses. To qualify for this race, the horse must have at least; the best ranks in significant races in the year, win the Breeders Cup challenge race or be selected by the panel of experts. For this year’s entries, let’s look at the top five horses favored to win this Breeders Cup Classic 2022.
First on the list is Flightline. He is an American thoroughbred horse born on March 14, 2018, on its way to becoming the next greatest racehorse in the generation. According to the latest odds for the 2022 classic, he is the most favored horse to win the event as he is still undefeated throughout his racing career.
His most recent major race was in Metropolitan Handicap 2022, where he finished first place with a time of 1:33.59. Although Flightline started poorly, considering it was his first race back from a minor injury, he was able to get back on track and dominated the entire event.
According to his trainer, his impressive performance in every race makes Flightline special and undefeated. Every time he runs, he’s close to breaking a new record, and making it look easy is a one-of-a-kind talent you can find in any horse. If Flightline can continue with his performance, winning the Breeders Cup can be possible.
Life is Good
The next on the list is Life is Good. He is another top thoroughbred horse contender for this upcoming November 4th and 5th. He was born in April 2018, and alongside his trainer Todd Pletcher, he was able to win notable races in his career, like the Breeders Cup Mile 2021.
His best performance this year was on January 29, when he placed first in the Pegasus World Cup 2022. Again, he showed his superiority in the race track leading other horses from start to finish.
In addition, he also won a major race this year, the John A. Nerud Stakes in Belmont Park and Whitney stakes, where he also placed first and dominated again, securing his spot for the Breeders Cup 2022.
With such victories on his record, there is no denying why many people expect him to cross first in the finish line. Furthermore, with his exemplary racing skills against the undefeated Flightline, many horse racing fans are looking forward to this matchup, making the Breeders Cup more exciting to watch.
Third on the list is Olympiad, another high-quality thoroughbred horse competing for the upcoming Breeders Cup. This year he had six starts in races and five wins, where his last major win was in Churchill Downs during the Stephen Foster Stakes.
Although he finished only 4th during the White Stakes against Life is Good, his five first-place wins in a row secured him a spot for the Breeders Cup 2022. In addition, it proves his potential on the racetrack, and many fans and experts consider him equal to Flightline and Life is Good regarding speed and strength.
The fourth horse on the list is Epicenter. He had an impressive run this year, making him a top contender for the Breeders Cup. He had six starts comprising three first-place wins and second-place wins. In addition, his notable race for the year was in Saratoga for the Jim Dandy Stakes.
He had a slow start and was starting to look like he was going to lose the Jim Dandy race. However, as the race progressed, he surprised his opponents with his sudden stride in the final moments, securing first place. With such fantastic skill in trailing and finding the right time to stride, his chances of winning the Breeders Cup in November will be viable.
Finally, the last horse on the list is Country Grammer. He had three starts with one first place, and two-second place wins this year. He won the Dubai World Cup at Meydan in March, where he was against Life is Good. Furthermore, his recent race was in San Diego, where he placed second.
His potential for this upcoming Breeders Cup is promising. If he can bring back his performance from Meydan, he will eventually win the tournament.
The Breeders Cup Classic is the main event this November. Seeing such great horses of this year race each other on the race track, the level of competition for this year is undoubtedly high. Thus, you can expect that watching this on November 4th and 5th will be entertaining. So, prepare for a jam-packed Breeders Cup Classic this year and witness the great horses in action.