Which Horse Leads the Debut 2022 Breeders’ Cup Rankings?

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Flightline, shown romping in the Met Mile June 11 at Belmont Park, leads the inaugural 2022 poll ranking contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. (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 2022 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 June 28 and the final poll results for the opening week are below.


Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for June 28

Susie Raisher/NYRA

1. Flightline (22 first-place votes)

Owners: Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2022 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap, June 11 at Belmont Park

Next race: TVG Pacific Classic Stakes, Sept. 3 at Del Mar


Eclipse Sportswire

2. Country Grammer (2 first-place votes)

Owners: Commonwealth Thoroughbreds, WinStar Farm and Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2022 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline, March 26 at Meydan Racecourse

Next race: TBD, possibly the San Diego Handicap, July 30 at Del Mar


Bob Coglianese/Gulfstream Park

3. Life Is Good (2 first-place votes)

Owners: China Horse Club and WinStar Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2022 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 4th, Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline, March 26 at Meydan Racecourse

Next race: John A. Nerud Stakes, July 2 at Belmont Park


Eclipse Sportswire

4. Hot Rod Charlie

Owners: Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Mike Smith

2022 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Salvator Mile Stakes, June 18 at Monmouth Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Whitney Stakes, Aug. 6 at Saratoga Race Course


Eclipse Sportswire

5. Mandaloun

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

2022 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 9th, Saudi Cup, Feb. 26 at King Abdulaziz Racecourse

Next race: Stephen Foster Stakes, July 2 at Churchill Downs


Susie Raisher/NYRA

6. Mo Donegal (2 first-place votes)

Owners: Donegal Racing and Repole Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2022 record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Jim Dandy Stakes, July 30 at Saratoga Race Course


Coady Photography

7. Olympiad (2 first-place votes)

Owners: Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

2022 record: 4 starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Alysheba Stakes Presented by Sentient Jet, May 6 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Stephen Foster Stakes, July 2 at Churchill Downs


Eclipse Sportswire

8. Epicenter

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2022 record: 5 starts – 2 wins – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

Next race: Jim Dandy Stakes, July 30 at Saratoga Race Course


Eclipse Sportswire

9. Early Voting

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2022 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

Next race: TBD, possibly the TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 23 at Monmouth Park or the Jim Dandy Stakes, July 30 at Saratoga Race Course


Joe Labozzetta/NYRA

10. Jack Christopher

Owners: Jim Bakke, Gerald Isbister, Coolmore Stud and Peter Brant

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2022 record: 2 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Woody Stephens Stakes Presented by Mohegan Sun, June 11 at Belmont Park

Next race: TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 23 at Monmouth Park

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