The Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings are determined by a panel of leading Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel. Rankings will be announced each week through Oct. 13.
GMB Racing’s Tom’s d’Etat (262 votes), was tied for first with the 4-year-old Maximum Security in last week’s Classic Rankings, but drops to second place. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the 7-year-old Tom’s d’Etat, winner of the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2), is five points ahead of third-place Maximum Security (257 votes). Owned by Gary and Mary West, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magner and Derrick Smith, Maximum Security won the San Diego Handicap (G2) at Del Mar on July 25 for trainer Bob Baffert. Maximum Security received 10 first-place votes from the panel this week.
A second Baffert-trained runner, WinStar Farm, CHC Inc. and SF Racing’s Improbable (201 votes), drops from third to fourth place this week. The 4-year-old chestnut son of City Zip earned a “Win and You’re In” automatic starting position into the Breeders’ Cup Classic following his 2-length victory in the Whitney (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 1.
Allied Racing Stable’s 4-year-old By My Standards (124 votes), second in the Whitney, retains fifth place in the rankings. Trained by Bret Calhoun, By My Standards won the New Orleans Handicap (G2) and the Oaklawn Handicap (G2.
Bruce Lunsford’s 3-year-old Art Collector (93 votes) jumped from 10th to seventh place this week following his front-running victory in last Sunday’s Ellis Park Derby as the odds-on favorite. A bay son of Bernardini, trained by Tom Drury Jr., Art Collector remains unbeaten this year in four starts, including the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland on July 11.
Juddmonte Farms’ 4-year-old Tacitus (90 votes) stays in eighth place in the Classic Rankings for the fourth consecutive week. Trained by Bill Mott, Tacitus swept to an 8 ¾-length victory in the Suburban Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park on July 4. He is expected to run next in the Woodward (G1) at Saratoga on Sept. 5.
Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing’s 5-year-old mare Midnight Bisou (81 votes), who was defeated as the odds-on favorite in Saratoga’s Personal Ensign (G1) on Aug. 1., drops from seventh to ninth place this week.
Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings – Aug. 11, 2020*
Tiz the Law
By My Standards
Code of Honor