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Jockey Flavien Prat celebrates with Flightline after winning the Classic

Breeders' Cup
World Championships Results

Date: 11/5/2022

Saturday Results Summary (dirt)  -  Saturday Results Summary (turf)  -  F&M Sprint -  Turf Sprint -  Dirt Mile -  F&M Turf -  Sprint -  Mile -  Distaff -  Turf -  Classic
Friday Results Summary -  Juvenile Turf Sprint -  Juvenile Fillies Turf -  Juvenile Fillies -  Juvenile Turf -  Juvenile  
Wrap Up   -   Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

The 2022 Breeders' Cup World Championships ended on Saturday at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky with nine races, all with year-end championship implications, five of which were conducted over the 1 1/16 mile main track. Unlike Friday the skies were mostly cloudy, temperatures in the mid 70's for the 45,973 fans in attendance, with 40 MPH wind gusts giving competitors a stiff tailwind down the stretch.

Total all-sources, global common-pool handle for the two-day Breeders' Cup World Championships at Keeneland Race Course was $189,060,373, a record for the two-day event and a 3.4% increase over the prior record of $182,908,409 set at Del Mar in 2021 and an 18% increase from the $160,472,893 at Keeneland in 2020. Total common-pool handle on Saturday's 12-race Breeders' Cup card was a record $122,918,607. All sources common-pool handle on Breeders' Cup's 10-race Future Stars Friday card was $66,141,766, also a new record for a Breeders' Cup Friday.

Breeders' Cup president and CEO Drew Fleming said, "We witnessed a spectacular two days of racing capped by Flightline's absolute brilliance in the Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, once again showcasing the best Thoroughbreds from around the world and we want to thank our partners here at Keeneland, who did a phenomenal job, and the greater Lexington community. The Breeders' Cup is truly an international championship event and the very best our sport has to offer."

Full results with several photos will available for each race sometime Sunday.



Flightline wins the Classic

The $6 million Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) featured a field of 8 older horses going 1 1/4 miles on the main track in a race that heavily influences Eclipse Award voting for Champion Older Horse and Horse of the Year. Pacific Classic (G1) winner Flightline was sent off as the 2-5 favorite over 6-1 second choice Epicenter, winner of the Travers (G1), and 8-1 third choice Taiba, winner of the Pennsylvania Derby (G1).

Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. sent 17-2 fourth choice Life is Good to a clear lead first time by through fractions of 22.55, 45.47, and 1:09.62 while pressed by Flightline and stalked by 17-1 Hot Rod Charlie. On the far turn Flightline easily took over the lead through 1 mile in 1:34.58. Kept to task by Flavien Prat, Flightline drew away with authority to win by 8 1/4 lengths over late closing 27-1 Olympiad in 2:00.05. It was another 1/2 length back to Taiba third.

The Longines Breeders' Cup Classic

Purse: $6,000,000     Distance: 1 1/4 miles

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 4   Flightline          Prat             2.88    2.92  2.30
 7   Olympiad            Alvarado                12.38  7.16
 1   Taiba               Smith                          4.00

Winning Time:  2:00.05

$1 Exacta 4-7                             17.87
$2 Trifecta 4-7-1                        416.30
$1 Superfecta 4-7-1-8                    691.60
$2 Super High Five 4-7-1-8-2           9,473.10
Results chart
Expanded results with lots more photos and details

Left: Flightline heads back to the barn. Winning trainer John Sadler said, "It was a beautiful ride. No panic on (Flavien 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. He just ran beautiful; just like we thought he could. It's wonderful when it all works out. That's a very good horse that was second. This is one of the greatest horses of all time."

Right: Flightline in the post parade. Winning jockey Flavien Prat said,  "He shows so much talent. We were expecting a great run from him. He was an old pro. He broke sharp. I was worried that because he never really breaks super sharp. And was able to get myself in the clear, he was traveling well and relaxed well down the backside. Once I broke well and was where I wanted to be, I was in control. You never know what to expect because it's horse racing. Sometimes it doesn't happen the way you think it will."



Malathaat wins the Distaff

The $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff (G1) featured a field of 8 older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Beldame (G1) winner Nest was sent off as the 1-2 favorite over 11-4 second choice Malathaat, winner of the Spinster (G1), and 9-2 third choice Society, winner of the Cotillion (G1).

Jockey Florent Geroux sent Society to the lead first time by through fractions of 23.09 and 47.29 while pressed by 9-1 Search Results and stalked by 67-1 longest shot Awake at Midnyte and 14-1 Secret Oath. On the far turn Secret Oath gained the lead through 3/4 in 1:11.95 and held it to midstretch through 1 mile in 1:36.86 before tiring. Malathaat, 6th early, 24-1 Blue Stripe, 4th early, and 6-1 fourth choice Clariere, last early, all put in strong rallied and hit the line together, however the photo finish revealed that Malathaat and jockey John Velazquez outfinished Blue Stripe by a nose, in turn outfinishing Clariere by a nose. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to favorite Nest fourth.

The Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 1 1/8 miles

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 1   Malathaat          Velazquez         7.76   4.04  3.00
 2   Blue Stripe        Berrios                 12.40  7.06
 4   Clairiere          Rosario                        4.66

Winning Time:  1:49.07
  
$1 Exacta 1-2                         55.60
$2 Trifecta 1-2-4                  1,417.40
$1 Superfecta 1-2-4-6                909.50
Results chart
Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Malathaat heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey John Velazquez said, "I wasn't surprised (I won). I thought I got the bob and then I wasn't sure. When you got that much trust from a guy like Todd Pletcher and gives me the opportunity to ride these good horses, it makes it easy when you have to make adjustments during the race. Every race she runs, she shows up. She is a tough mare and will miss her if they retire her."

Right: Malathaat heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "When we first watched the race, we thought we won but they kept showing the replay, it got closer each time. She had a lot of momentum and was hoping she had enough time to get there. She got her head down at the right moment. I think the blinkers made a difference today. It's hard to make an equipment change on a horse that's so successful but we just felt like that's the little edge she needed."



Elite Power wins the Sprint

The $2 million Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) featured a field of 11 older sprinters going 6 furlongs. Forego (G1) runner-up Jackie's Warrior was sent off as the 3-4 favorite over 5-1 second choice Kimari, winner of the Gallant Bloom (G2), and 11-2 third choice Elite Power, winner of the Vosburgh (G1).

Jockey Hector Berrios sent 42-1 Super Ocho to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 22.12 and 44.99 while pressed by Jackie's Warrior and stalked by 35-1 Willy Boi and 31-1 C Z Rocket. Turning for home C Z Rocket took over the lead through 5f in 57.00 but Elite Power, 7th early under Irad Ortiz Jr., came out 5 wide for room and rallied to win going away by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:09.11. It was another 1/2 length back to favorite Jackie's Warrior third.

The Qatar Racing Breeders' Cup Sprint

Purse: $2,000,000     Distance: 6 furlongs

Pgm  Horse               Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 6   Elite Power          Ortiz   .       13.10    6.54  3.54
 8   C Z Rocket           Prat                    19.64  7.96
 9   Jackie's Warrior     Rosario                        2.54

Winning Time:  1:09.11

$1 Exacta 6-8                            196.20
$2 Trifecta 6-8-9                      3,423.60
$1 Superfecta 6-8-9-1                 10,974.20
Results chart
Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Elite Power heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "I had the perfect trip. He broke real sharp and I let him settle. I let the speed go. I was able to cut the corner around the turn. When I tipped him out, he was there for me. He kept going forward. He gave me a really good kick from the quarter-pole to the wire. He's a nice horse. I rode him with a lot of confidence. (Mott) told me to let him do his thing and if you let him close, it will be perfect. He broke on top, I let him sit and he relaxed well. There was a strong pace in front of me. I bided my time and then on the turn, I split horses inside and got in the clear. He deserves all the credit."

Right: Elite Power heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "He's done nothing wrong this year. He was late coming. He had a couple of races as a 3-year-old and since we brought him back, he got beat the first time and has been perfect since. He has improved and won at a variety of distances. The cut back (in distance) today was always a little concerning when you are running against a horse as good as Jackie's Warrior but hey, he come down in the middle of the racetrack and ran them all down."



Cody's Wish wins the Dirt Mile

The $1 million Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) is for older horses going 1 mile on the main track. Forego (G1) winner Cody's Wish was sent off as the 2-1 favorite in the field of 9 over 3-1 second choice Cyberknife, third in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), and 7-2 third choice Gunite, winner of the Perryville Stakes.

Jockey Flavien Prat sent 6-1 fourth choice Pipeline to the lead on the clubhouse turn through fractions of 22.20 and 45.71 while pressed by Gunite and stalked by Cyberknife and 17-1 Slow Down Andy. On the far turn Cuyberknife took over through 3/4 in 1:10.34 and 7/8 in 1:22.72, but Cody's Wish, last early under Junior Alvarado, came out 5 wide into the lane and rallied to get up to win by a head over Cyberknife in 1:35.33. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Slow Down Andy third.

The Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 1 mile

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
  7   Cody's Wish        Alvarado          6.32   3.76  2.92
  9   Cyberknife         Geroux                   4.14  3.54
  1   Slow Down Andy     Gutierrez    .                 6.30

Winning Time:  1:35.33                     

$1 Exacta 7-9                         13.47  
$2 Trifecta 7-9-1                    995.40
$1 Superfecta 7-9-1-5                805.30
Results chart
Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Cody's Wish in the post parade. Winning jockey Junior Alvarado said, "I probably didn't have the trip that I was planning. He didn't break great, so I just took my time with him. I didn't want to rush him. He's a horse that can get a little rank. I took it little by little. By the 3/8th pole I was getting excited, but I knew there was a lot of race left to run. He finished up really well for me. When we turned for home, I knew I had the horse."

Right: Cody's Wish heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Bill Mott said, "That was very special. There's a big story behind it. Goes to show that the Make A Wish Foundation can make it very special for someone. The performance was awesome. He made a huge run turning for home."



Goodnight Olive wins the Filly and Mare Sprint

Kicking off Championship Saturday, the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) featured a field of 12 older fillies and mares (after Hot Peppers scratched) sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Ballerina Handicap (G1) winner Goodnight Olive was sent off as the 9-5 favorite over 7-2 second choice Echo Zulu, winner of the Dogwood (G3), and 6-1 third choice Obligatory, third in the Ballerina Handicap.

Jockey Florent Geroux sent 14-1 Slammed to the lead out of the chute through fractions of 22.10 and 44.89 while pressed by 29-1 Edgeway and stalked by 18-1 Lady Rocket. Entering the lane, Goodnight Olive, 5th early, moved up to take over the lead through 3/4 in 1:08.92. Kept to task by Irad Ortiz Jr., Goodnight Olive drew off to win by 2 1/2 lengths over late-running Echo Zuliu in 1:21.61. It was another length back to 14-1 Wicked Halo third.

The Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint

Purse: $1,000,000     Distance: 7 furlongs

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
 8   Goodnight Olive    Ortiz Jr.         5.70   3.82  2.98
13   Echo Zulu          Santana Jr.              4.76  3.98
11   Wicked Halo        Gaffalione                     6.56

Winning Time:  1:21.61                    

$1 Exacta 8-13                        16.14
$2 Trifecta 8-13-11                  584.30
$1 Superfecta 8-13-11-4              681.70
Results chart
Expanded results with more photos and details

Left: Goodnight Olive heads out for the post parade. Winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. said, "Lot of speed in the race. She broke on top, but I didn't want to rush her. When she's on her game, she can do anything. I've ridden her and I knew that. I just took my time. I was able to get her out at the top of the stretch and the rest was all her."

Right: Goodnight Olive heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Chad Brown said, "What a wonderful trip. Once again Irad (Ortiz Jr.) showed everyone his immense skill. He got a good position early and was patient. Looked like it got a little tight right before the final turn, but he waited until the right time to get her in the clear. She symbolizes everything that's good in horse racing. Being patient, always putting the horse first, bringing together a lot of different people that some didn't even know each other before they went in on this horse together and large ownership group that is worthy of this win with their patience. A lot memories made today."

Part 2 of Saturday's results and photos are available here.
Results and photos for the four Breeders' Cup races on Friday are available here.

Saturday Results Summary (dirt)  -  Saturday Results Summary (turf)  -  F&M Sprint -  Turf Sprint -  Dirt Mile -  F&M Turf -  Sprint -  Mile -  Distaff -  Turf -  Classic
Friday Results Summary -  Juvenile Turf Sprint -  Juvenile Fillies Turf -  Juvenile Fillies -  Juvenile Turf -  Juvenile  
Wrap Up   -   Entries   -   Monday Works   -   Tuesday Works   -   Wednesday Works   -   Thursday Works

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