Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for Aug. 4

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Maximum Security (left) and Tom’s d’Etat are tied at the top of the latest rankings for the Nov. 7 Breeders’ Cup Classic. (Eclipse Sportswire/Coady Photography)

Each week a panel of media members, horseplayers, and Breeders’ Cup World Championships officials release a poll tabulating their votes on the nation's top contenders for the 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The rankings are determined by each voter ranking their top 10 horses with points assigned on a descending 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The poll launched on July 21 and will be released each week to gauge rising and falling contenders leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, scheduled for Nov. 7.

Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for Aug. 4 (first-place tie)


Eclipse Sportswire

1. Maximum Security (13 first-place votes)

Owners: Gary and Mary West, Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier and Derrick Smith

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Abel Cedillo

2020 stats: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, San Diego Handicap, July 25 at Del Mar 

Next race: TVG Pacific Classic, Aug. 22 at Del Mar

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Coady Photography

1. Tom’s d’Etat (13 first-place votes)

Owner: G M B Racing

Trainer: Albert Stall Jr.

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2020 stats: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD, possibly the Jockey Club Gold Cup, date TBA at Belmont Park

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Eclipse Sportswire

3. Improbable (2 first-place votes)

Owners: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2020 stats: 3 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD, possibly the Awesome Again Stakes, date TBA at Santa Anita Park

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4. Tiz the Law (2 first-place votes)

Owner: Sackatoga Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Manuel Franco

2020 record: 3 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, June 20 at Belmont Park

Next race: Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course

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Eclipse Sportswire

5. By My Standards

Owner: Allied Racing Stable

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2020 stats: 5 starts – 3 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD, possibly the Alysheba Stakes, Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA

6. Code of Honor (1 first-place vote)

Owner: William S. Farish

Trainer: Shug McGaughey

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 stats: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 4th, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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Janet Garaguso/NYRA Photo

7. Midnight Bisou 

Owners: Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Mike Smith

2020 stats: 3 starts -1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Personal Ensign Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBA, possibly the Beldame Stakes, date TBA at Belmont Park

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Susie Raisher/NYRA Photo

8. Tacitus

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 stats: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Suburban Stakes, July 4 at Belmont Park

Next race: Woodward Stakes, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course

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Adam Coglianese/NYRA

9. Vekoma (2 first-place votes)

Owners: R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2020 stats: 3 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, July 4 at Belmont Park

Next race: Forego Stakes, Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course

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Coady Photography

10. Art Collector

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Trainer: Tom Drury Jr. 

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

2020 record: 3 starts  – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, July 11 at Keeneland Race Course

Next race: Ellis Park Derby, Aug. 9 at Ellis Park

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