In the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Keeneland Nov. 4-5, Kentucky-breds captured seven events—highlighted by Flightline’s resounding win in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Saturday, Nov. 5. This year’s victories give Kentucky-breds 240 Breeders’ Cup victories, more than any other state or country.
Hronis Racing, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm and Woodford Racing’s undefeated and untested Flightline was the unrivaled star of the show and sealed his place among racing’s legends with a dominating 8 ¼-length win over fellow Kentucky-bred Olympiad in the 39th running of the Classic. Trained by John Sadler and ridden by Flavien Prat, Flightline covered the 1 ¼ miles in 2:00.05. The victory was worth $3,120,000 and increased Flightline’s bankroll to $4,514,800.
“It was a beautiful ride,” said trainer John Sadler. “No panic on (Prat’s) part. He let the horse do the running. We’re thrilled. It’s not about me, it’s about the horse. He’s a great horse. A great win today.”
Flightline is a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Tapit out of the Indian Charlie mare Feathered. He was bred by Summer Wind Equine and sold at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale for $1,000,000. All told, Flightline is perfect in six lifetime starts and the Classic marked his fourth consecutive Grade 1 score. He was a 19 ¼-length winner of the Pacific Classic (G1), a six-length winner of the Metropolitan Mile, and an 11 ½-length victor of the Malibu Stakes (G1) in 2021.
In the $2 million Distaff (G1), Shadwell Stable’s Malathaat got up in the final strides to defeat Blue Stripe (ARG) by a nose in a dramatic finish. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, Malathaat covered the 1 1/8-miles in 1:49.07. In her previous outing, Malathaat won the Spinster Stakes (G1) at Keeneland and the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Curlin out of the A.P. Indy mare Dreaming of Julia, Malathaat earned $1,040,000 with the win, increasing her bankroll to $3,790,825. She was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and was a $1,050,000 acquisition at the 2019 Keeneland September Sale.
Also on Saturday, Goodnight Olive won the Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) for First Row Partners and Team Hanley. Trained by Chad Brown, the 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper out of the Smart Strike mare Salty Strike was bred by Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and sold for $170,000 at the 2019 Fasig-Tipton October Sale.
Godolphin homebred Cody’s Wish defeated Cyberknife by a head in a thrilling renewal of the Dirt Mile (G1). Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Junior Alvarado, Cody’s Wish is a Kentucky-bred son of Curlin out of the Tapit Mare Dance Card. It was the second straight Grade 1 win for Cody’s Wish who annexed the Forego (G1) in his previous start.
Juddmonte’s Elite Power surged by Jackie’s Warrior in the late stages to win the Sprint (G1) by 1 ¼ lengths. Trained by Bill Mott and ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., Elite Power is out of the Vindication mare Broadway’s Alibi and is a $900,000 graduate of the 2019 Keeneland September Sale. Elite Power won the Vosburgh (G2) in his previous start and he is now a winner of five consecutive races.
On Breeders’ Cup Future Stars Friday, Forte won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and Wonder Wheel dominated her foes in the Juvenile Fillies (G1). Forte is owned by Repole Stables and St. Elias Stable, trained by Todd Pletcher, and was bred in Kentucky by South Gate Farm.
Wonder Wheel is campaigned by D J Stable, trained by Mark Casse, and was bred in Kentucky by Three Chimneys Farm and Clearsky Farms.