Flightline leads latest World's Best Racehorse rankings

Flightline leads latest World's Best Racehorse rankings
Photo: Carolyn Simancik / Eclipse Sportswire

Flightline (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.

RankHorseRatingTrained
1Flightline139USA
2Baaeed135GB
3Nature Strip126AUS
4Epicenter125USA
4Life Is Good125USA
4Vadeni125FR
7Kyprios124IRE
7Olympiad124USA
7Pyledriver124GB
7Titleholder124JPN
7Torquator Tasso124GER

In the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Flightline pulled away from the field to win by a record 8 1/4 lengths. Olympiad (124) was second, while Taiba (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 (122) also impressed during the Breeders’ Cup World Championships and joins the rankings following his 2 1/4-length win the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1). It was his fifth consecutive victory and third at the highest level, following wins in the Grosser Preis von Berlin (G1) and Preis von Europa (G1).

Meanwhile, both Equinox (123) and Panthalassa (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 (122) improved his rating from 120 after defeating Adayar (121) by a half-length in the Champion Stakes (G1). My Prospero (121) was a nose back in third, while Baaeed (135) was fourth.

Also joining the latest rankings is California Spangle (121), who has won both the Celebration Cup (G3) and Sha Tin Trophy (G2) this season in Hong Kong.

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