2022 Breeders Cup Classic: Flightline rules the world

He did it. Man oh man, he did it. Flightline did it like the best horse in the world like we thought he could like we wanted him to. Flightline won the 2022 Breeders Cup Classic without exerting himself, easing away down the stretch like he was Secretariat himself for the easiest, most magnificent of victories.

Breeders Cup Classic

G1, $6,000,000, 1m 2f main track, 3yo+, 8 ran

It was a two-horse race and then a one-horse race. Life Is Good set a strong gallop and 2-5 favorite Flightline sat behind him. The other six runners held back, as though they knew they weren’t needed.

Approaching the turn Life Is Good opened up a little, and took three lengths out of Flightline. Flightline closed the gap without turning a hair.

At the top of the lane, he went past Life Is Good and went clear, and then it was all about the legacy. Flightline drew off, Flavien Prat sitting still, and he barrelled over the line seven and three-quarter lengths clear, stopping the clock in a tick over 2:00 flat.

Olympiad came out of the blue for a second, a half-length ahead of Taiba. Life Is Good proved again that he doesn’t stay ten furlongs, fading into fifth. Epicenter pulled up with an injury but walked into the van.
“This is a very special animal,” said majority owner Kosta Hronis. “We need a hero, we need a champion. That’s Flightline.”

2022 BC Classic Payout Prices

#4 Flightline: Win 2.80 Place 2.92 Show 2.3

#7 Olympiad: Place 12.38 Show 7.36

#1 Taiba: Show 4.00

Flightline has run six times, won six times, won four G1s, and has an aggregate winning distance of approximately 70 lengths.

He may race again next year for trainer John Sadler, he may be retired to stud. What is not in doubt is his absolute, majestic brilliance. The best horse in the world? Definitely. One of the best ever? Absolutely. What a joy it is to watch him run.

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