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Flightline Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic

Flightline Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic: Flightline pulled away down the stretch to emerge victorious in the USD6-million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday. French jockey Flavian Prat rode the four-year-old colt to an 8 1/4-length win in an eight-horse, 1 1/4-mile showdown at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2-5 favorite left behind his last opponent down the stretch en route to a big-time victory. It was Flightline’s sixth victory in as many starts and the horse helped Prat to win his fourth Breeders’ Cup win in his career. Best online odds for horseracing got it right with the favorite horse winning the centerpiece race in Breeders’ Cup weekend.

Flightline Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic: Great start

The son of Tapit went off with Life Is Good at the start of the race. Both set a blistering pace and built a nine-length gap through the far turn. However, Flightline surged down the stretch, overtook Life Is Good and did not look back. Olympiad eventually passed Life Is Good, as Taiba and Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike. Olympiad, Taiba and Rich Strike took second, third and fourth places, respectively. Life Is Good faded to fifth while Hot Rod Charlie, Happy Saver and Epicenter rounded up the field. 

Close to Record Time

Flightline finished the race in 2:00.05, 45-hundredths of a second off the record set by Authentic. Trainer John Sadler expressed satisfaction with the colt’s big-time finish. He said that he could be compared to legendary horses Secretariat and Seattle Slew. Epicenter, who was in strong consideration for Horse of the Year, was affected by an injured forelimb, forcing jockey Joel Rosario to pull him up. He walked into a van and was taken to an equine hospital for evaluation.

Malathaat Wins Breeders’ Cup Distaff 

Other Breeders’ Cup races were also exciting, with Malathaat winning the USD2-million Breeders’ Cup Distaff by a nose over Blue Stripe and Clairiere in a three-wide photo finish. Rebel’s Romance took home the USD4-million Turf with a 2 1/2-length triumph over Stone Age in a nine-horse field. Tuesday emerged victorious in the USD2-million Filly and Mare Turf, beating In Italian in a one-length win. It was the third win for Tuesday this year and ended a four-race drought. Modern Games won the USD2-million Breeders’ Cup Mile by 3/4 lengths.

Elite Power edged C Z Rocket to take home the USD2-million Sprint race while Favorite Cody’s Wish defeated Cyberknife down the stretch to win by a head in the USD1-million Dirt Mile. Caravel, a 42-1 longshot, pulled off a big upset in the USD1-million Turf Sprint, winning over Emaraaty Ana by half a length. The USD1-million Filly and Mare Sprint was equally exciting for online sports punters with Goodnight Olive prevailing by 2 1/2 lengths over Echo Zulu. It was her sixth straight win and fourth as a four-year-old horse.