Flightline begins working toward Breeders’ Cup Classic

Flightline begins working toward Breeders’ Cup Classic
Photo: Jason Moran / Eclipsesportswire

The undefeated, untested Flightline began his formal preparations for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5 with a four-furlong workout Saturday at Santa Anita Park timed at 48.0 seconds.

The move, the sixth fastest of 82 at the distance, was the first timed workout for the 4-year-old since his breathtaking 19 3/4-length victory in the Pacific Classic (G1) on Sept. 3 at Del Mar.

Trainer John Sadler is expected to work Flightline up to the 1 1/4-mile Classic, with Santa Anita officials indicating he is expected to work five times there before shipping to Keeneland.

The son of Tapit out of the Indian Charlie mare Feathered, also was a six-length winner of the Metropolitan Mile Handicap (G1) at Belmont Park on June 11 despite encountering significant early trouble.

It's not clear what will happen after the Classic, which will be just the sixth start of his career.

It was announced early this month that Flightline will stand at Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., at the conclusion of his racing career, though his ownership group has said it is open to racing him next year at 5.

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