Race 12 - Longines Breeders' Cup Classic (Grade 1) 1m 2f

  • (3yo+, 1m 2f, 8 runners)
  • Winner $3,780,000 2nd $1,199,999 3rd $600,000 4th $420,000
  • Going: Fast
  • Surface: Dirt
Weighed In:
  • Off time: 00:41:36
Full result
Result 00:40 Del Mar
Pos Horse Distance/th> Odds
1st 5 Knicks Go 7/2
2nd 8 Medina Spirit 15/2
3rd 4 Essential Quality 7/4f

Racecard

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey
1 (1) 311214
Dark green, white star, dark green hoops on white sleeves, dark green cap Tripoli (USA) 35
  • Distance Winner
  • T:John Sadler
  • J:Irad Ortiz Jr
  • Form: 311214
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-0
  • OR: 110
4 126 9-0 John Sadler Irad Ortiz Jr
3 (3) 3132D1
White, green ball, green hoop on sleeves, white cap Hot Rod Charlie (USA) 42
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Doug O'Neill
  • J:Flavien Prat
  • Form: 3132D1
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-10b
  • OR: 117
3 122 8-10 b Doug O'Neill Flavien Prat
4 (4) 114111
Royal blue, royal blue cap Essential Quality (USA) 70
  • Distance Winner
  • T:B Cox
  • J:Luis Saez
  • Form: 114111
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-10
  • OR: 117
3 122 8-10 B Cox Luis Saez
5 (5) 144111
Black, yellow, yellow seams on sleeves, yellow cap Knicks Go (USA) 35
  • T:B Cox
  • J:Joel Rosario
  • Form: 144111
  • Age: 5
  • Weight: 9-0
  • OR: 120
5 126 9-0 B Cox Joel Rosario
6 (6) 48-6111
Black, Pink Sash, Pink Stripe on Black Art Collector (USA) 35
  • T:William Mott
  • J:Mike Smith
  • Form: 48-6111
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-0
  • OR: 117
4 126 9-0 William Mott Mike Smith
7 (7) 141532
Blue, white circle 'm' on back, black & white checked sleeves Stilleto Boy (USA) 35
  • T:Ed Moger
  • J:Kent Desormeaux
  • Form: 141532
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-10
  • OR: 107
3 122 8-10 Ed Moger Kent Desormeaux
8 (8) 221311
blue, red sash, white sleeves, red cap Medina Spirit (USA) 35
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Bob Baffert
  • J:John Velazquez
  • Form: 221311
  • Age: 3
  • Weight: 8-10
  • OR: 114
3 122 8-10 Bob Baffert John Velazquez
9 (9) 55-0611
Neon pink, orange hoops, neon pink hoops on orange sleeves, orange cap Max Player (USA) 63
  • Distance Winner
  • T:Steven Asmussen
  • J:Ricardo Jr Santana
  • Form: 55-0611
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-0
  • OR: 111
4 126 9-0 Steven Asmussen Ricardo Jr Santana

Non Runners

# Form Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey
2 (2) 233163
Express Train (USA) 35
  • T:J Shirreffs
  • J:Victor Espinoza
  • Form: 233163
  • Age: 4
  • Weight: 9-0
4 J Shirreffs Victor Espinoza

In depth

Verdict

Bob Baffert has won this four times in seven years and Medina Spirit easily beat Stilleto Boy, Tripoli and Express Train at Santa Anita last month. He has every chance having also beaten subsequent Grade 1 winners Hot Rod Charlie and ESSENTIAL QUALITY when landing the Kentucky Derby back in May. But the latter had no luck in-running at Churchill Downs and having won all three subsequent outings, the Godolphin grey is fancied to take revenge. Brad Cox also runs the front-running Grade 1 winner Knicks Go, who has the beating of Art Collector on collateral form but may well be taken on for the lead by the rapidly improving Max Player.

Formwatch

Express Train (USA)13-2 (8-12) Lackd rm 2nd,angld out, 3rd of 8, 7l behind Medina Spirit (8-10) at Santa Anita 1m 1f stks fst in Oct.

Tripoli (USA)14-5 (9-0) 4w,3w into str,faltrd, 4th of 8, 8 1/4l behind Medina Spirit (8-10) at Santa Anita 1m 1f stks fst in Oct.

Art Collector (USA)11-4 (8-12) Well rated,ins,2p1/4, won at Belmont Park 1m 1f stks fst in Oct beating Maxfield (8-12) by 1 1/2l, 6 ran.

Stilleto Boy (USA)50-1 (8-6) Stalked ins, best rest, 2nd of 8, 5l behind Medina Spirit (8-10) at Santa Anita 1m 1f stks fst in Oct.

Max Player (USA)19-5 (9-0) 2-3p,ask1/4,drew away, won at Saratoga 1m 2f stks fst in Sep beating Happy Saver (9-0) by 4l, 6 ran.

Knicks Go (USA)1-10fav (8-13) In hand 2p,glided away, won at Churchill Downs 1m 1f stks fst in Oct beating Independence Hall (8-9) by 4l, 6 ran.

Medina Spirit (USA)13-10fav (8-10) Cleared, drew off, won at Santa Anita 1m 1f stks fst in Oct beating Stilleto Boy (8-6) by 5l, 8 ran.

Essential Quality (USA)9-20fav (9-0) Bobld bit st,2-3p,duel, won at Saratoga 1m 2f stks (1) fst in Aug beating Midnight Bourbon (9-0) by nk, 7 ran.

Hot Rod Charlie (USA)9-10fav (8-12) Drifted out,edged away, won at Philadelphia Park 1m 1f stks fst in Sep beating Midnight Bourbon (8-12) by 2 1/4l, 8 ran.