2022 Breeders’ Cup Classic Field Preview & Poll

The Breeders’ Cup weekend begins tomorrow at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, KY. Here’s a brief field preview for the 2022 Breeder’s Cup Classic. Who is your choice to win?

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It’s Breeders’ Cup weekend and the mile-and-a-quarter Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic is the big event on the card! There are eight entries this year – see who’s running and vote for your favorite below!

Post Position 1:

Horse: Taiba
Age: 3
Owners: Zedan Racing Stables, Inc.
Breeder: Bruce C. Ryan
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith
Sire: Gun Runner
Dam: Needmore Flattery (Flatter)

Odds 8-3, November 2, 2022

Won the Pennsylvania Derby (G1) and Santa Anita Derby (G1). His sire, Gun Runner, was Horse of the Year 2017

Post Position 2:

Horse: Life Is Good
Age: 4
Owners: WinStar Farm and CHC, Inc.
Breeder: Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Irad Oritz
Sire: Into Mischief
Dam: Beach Walk (Distorted Humor)

Odds 6-1 November 2, 2022

This season, Life Is Good has won the Woodward Stakes (G1), Whitney Stakes (G1) and Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1). At 3, Life Is Good won the Breeder’s Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Post Position 3:

Horse: Happy Saver
Age: 5
Owners: Wertheimer and Frere
Breeder: Wertheimer Et Frere
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: John Velazquez
Sire: Super Saver
Dam: Happy Week (Distorted Humor)

Odds 30-1, November 2, 2022

Happy Saver’s most recent G1 stakes win was the 2020 Jockey Club Gold Cup. He has missed a few recent workouts due to a quarter crack. Happy Saver will be retiring to stand at Airdrie Stud in 2023 after the Classic.

Post Position 4:

Horse: Flightline
Age: 4
Owners: Hronis Racing, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm LLC, Woodford Racing LLC.
Breeder: Summer Wind Equine
Trainer: John Sadler
Jockey:  Flavien Prat
Sire: Tapit
Dam: Feathered (Indian Charlie)

Odds 3-5, November 2, 2022

Flightline has three career G1 wins: the Malibu Stakes, Metropolitan Handicap and TVG Pacific Classic Stakes

Post Position 5:

Horse: Hot Rod Charlie
Age: 4
Owners: Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing LLC,  Gainesway Stable and Strauss Bros Racing
Breeder: Edward A. Cox
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Sire: Oxbow
Dam: Indian Miss (Indian Charlie)

Odds 15-1, November 2, 2022

Most recent G1 win was the 2021 Pennsylvania Derby. Hot Rod Charlie’s three most recent results include a victory in the G2 Lukas Classic Stakes, a third place finish in the G1 Whitney Stakes and a second place finish in the G3 Salvator Mile Stakes.

Post Position 6:

Horse: Epicenter
Age: 3
Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC
Breeder: Westwind Farms
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Sire: Not This Time
Dam: Silent Candy (Candy Ride)

Odds 5-1, November 2, 2022

Recent victories include the G1 Travers Stakes and G2 Jim Dandy Stakes – Epicenter also finished second in the 2022 Preakness.

Post Position 7:

Horse: Olympiad
Age: 4
Owners: Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stables LLC and LNJ Foxwoods
Breeder: Emory A. Hamilton
Trainer: William Mott
Jockey: Junior Alvarado
Sire: Speightstown
Dam: Tokyo Time (Medaglia D’Oro)

Odds 10-1, November 2, 2022

Won the 2022 G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup his most recent start.

Post Position 8:

Horse: Rich Strike
Age: 3
Owners: RED TR Racing LLC
Breeder: Calumet Farm
Trainer: Eric R. Reed
Jockey: Sonny Leon
Sire: Keen Ice
Dam: Gold Strike (Smart Strike)

Odds 20-1, November 2, 2022

2022 Kentucky Derby winner, placed second in the G2 Lukas Classic Stakes at Churchill Downs, his most recent start. Rich Strike won the Derby at 80-1 odds, having been entered only after another horse withdrew at the last minute.