Longines Classic Division
OwnerWinStar Farm LLC & China Horse Club International Limited & Starlight Racing Stable
BreederSt. George Farm LLC & G. WattsHumphrey Jr.
With a bright chestnut coat highlighted by white legs and face, Improbable is hard to miss. At the end of his races, he is usually seen in the first or second position, but he sometimes gains more than his share of attention before the action begins.
Improbable has developed a reputation for getting antsy in the starting gate, a quirk that his Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert and other connections have difficulty explaining.
“I don’t know why,” Baffert said two weeks after Improbable was second in the Oaklawn Mile stakes April 11. “You take him in the morning and you could set a bomb off in the gate and he won’t move. He knows. He’s smart.”
After the Oaklawn Mile, Baffert rerouted Improbable to Santa Anita where he capitalized on a home court advantage and cruised to victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes (G1) June 6.
“He’s matured, (but) he still has his antics in the gate a little bit,” jockey Drayden Van Dyke said immediately after the race. “They put some pads in the gate today. I think it helped him. Also, he was comfortable running at his home base. When he travels, he seems to have more troubles at the gate.”
Improbable, the official fourth-place finisher as the favorite in the 2019 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), will be making his second Breeders’ Cup Championship appearance after checking in fifth in the Big Ass Fan Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) last year. He was purchased by co-owners Maverick Racing (a division of WinStar Farm) and China Horse Club for $200,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Improbable is bred for Breeders’ Cup success. His father, City Zip, is a half-brother to 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) winner Ghostzapper, and his maternal grandfather A.P. Indy won the 1992 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
|August 01, 2020||Whitney S.||SARATOGA||1||1|
|June 06, 2020||Hollywood Gold Cup S.||SANTA ANITA PARK||1||1|
|April 11, 2020||Oaklawn Mile S.||OAKLAWN PARK||2|
- July 28, 2020
Maximum Security and Tom’s d’Etat Share Top Spot in Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings; Improbable Zooms to No. 3
San Diego Handicap (G2) winner Maximum Security and Tom’s d’Etat, third in the Whitney Stakes (G1), are tied for first place with 281 votes in the 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings.
- August 1, 2020
WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s 4-year-old Improbable ($8.50) won Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile Whitney (G1) at Saratoga Race Course by two lengths, and became the fourth horse this year to earn an automatic berth into the $7 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.