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Flightline Tops World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

Flightline romped in the Breeders' Cup Classic. (Photo: Candice Chavez/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup).

FLIGHTLINE (USA) [139], who closed out his undefeated career in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), maintains his commanding lead in the ninth edition of the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2022.

In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Flightline pulled away from the field to win by a record 8 ¼ lengths. OLYMPIAD (USA) [124] was second, while TAIBA (USA) [123] was another half-length back in third. With their efforts, Olympiad raised his rating to 124 from 120, and Taiba’s rating improved to 123 from 122. Following the Breeders’ Cup Classic, it was announced that Flightline, the highest rated horse in the world, has been retired.

REBEL’S ROMANCE (IRE) [122] also impressed during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and joins the rankings following his 2 ¼-length win the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). It was his fifth consecutive victory and third at the highest level, following wins in the Westminster 132nd Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) and 60th Preis von Europa prasentiert von DZ Privatbank (G1).

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Flightline Wins Breeders’ Cup Classic

Meanwhile, both EQUINOX (JPN) [123] and PANTHALASSA (JPN) [121] find themselves ranked following their dramatic efforts in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1). Equinox ran down the front-running Panthalassa to win by a length in that contest.

Additionally, BAY BRIDGE (GB) [122] improved his rating to 122 from 120 after defeating ADAYAR (IRE) [121] by a half-length in the Qipco Champion Stakes (G1). MY PROSPERO (IRE) [121] was a nose back in third, while BAAEED (GB) [135] was fourth.

Also joining the latest rankings is CALIFORNIA SPANGLE (IRE) [121], who has won both the Celebration Cup (G3) and Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (G2) this season in Hong Kong.

The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).