Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for Sept. 30

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Improbable, who won his third consecutive Grade 1 race in the Awesome Again Stakes on Sept. 26, has moved up to the top spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic rankings. (Eclipse Sportswire)

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 Sept. 30


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1. Improbable (15 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, Awesome Again Stakes, Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course

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2. Maximum Security (7 first-place votes)

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

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Luis Saez

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

Last race: 2nd, Awesome Again Stakes, Sept. 26 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course

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3. Tom’s d’Etat (8 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: Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course

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4. Tiz the Law (4 first-place votes)

Owner: Sackatoga Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Manuel Franco

2020 record: 5 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course

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5. Authentic 

Owners: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Frederick Hertrich III, John Fielding, and Golconda Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 record: 5 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course

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6. By My Standards

Owner: Allied Racing Stable

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2020 stats: 6 starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Alysheba Stakes, Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD

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7. Code of Honor 

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: Kelso Handicap, Oct. 3 at Belmont Park

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8. Art Collector

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Trainer: Tom Drury Jr. 

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

2020 record: 4 starts  – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Ellis Park Derby, Aug. 9 at Ellis Park

Next race: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course

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9. Global Campaign

Owners: Sagamore Farm and WinStar Farm

Trainer: Stanley Hough

Jockey: Luis Saez

2020 stats: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Woodward Stakes, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course

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10. Tacitus

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 stats: 4 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Woodward Stakes, Sept. 5 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD, possibly the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Oct. 10 at Belmont Park

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