Maximum Security Stays on Top in Longines Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2020) – Maximum Security remained in first place in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings after a quiet week in which the first seven of the top 10 positions were unchanged.
The 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings is a weekly poll of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). The 1 ¼-mile Classic, scheduled to be run on Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., is the climactic race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Gary and Mary West, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Maximum Security (330 votes), unbeaten in three starts this year, is scheduled to make his final prep for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic in this Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile “Win and You’re In” Awesome Again Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita Park. Maximum Security, trained by Bob Baffert, already secured an automatic berth into the Classic when he won the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) at Del Mar on Aug. 22.
GMB Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat (280 votes), Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law (243 votes), and two Bob Baffert-trained horses -- WinStar Farm, CHC Inc. and SF Racing’s Improbable (226 votes) and Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing’s Authentic (218 votes) -- complete the top five.
Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards (177 votes) and W.S. Farish’s Code of Honor (97 votes) remain in sixth and seventh place, respectively.
Bruce Lunsford’s Art Collector (84 votes) moves up from ninth to eighth place, switching positions with Sagamore Farm and WinStar Farm’s Global Campaign (74 votes). Juddmonte Farms’ Tacitus (58 votes) remains in 10th place.
*Note – The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings have no bearing on qualification or selection into the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings are determined by a panel of leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel. Rankings will be announced each week through Oct. 13. A list of voting members can be found here.
In the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, each voter rates horses on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 system in descending order.
The 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic will be televised live on NBC.
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The Breeders’ Cup administers the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred horse racing’s year-end Championships, as well as the Breeders’ Cup Challenge qualifying series, which provides automatic starting positions into the Championships races. The Breeders’ Cup is also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, an organization composed of industry leaders committed to advancing safety measures in Thoroughbred racing and improving the well-being of equine and human athletes.
The 2020 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 Championship races, is scheduled to be held on November 6-7 at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky and features a total of $35 million in purses and awards. The event will be televised live by the NBC Sports Group. Breeders’ Cup press releases appear on the Breeders’ Cup website, breederscup.com. You can also follow the Breeders’ Cup on social media.
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