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2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic BRIS Speed Rating Report

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October 28th, 2019

The $6 million Classic is the centerpiece of a two-day, 14-race Breeders’ Cup program at Santa Anita, and a well-matched field will contest the 1 ¼-mile event. Let’s compare the last three BRIS Speed ratings of Classic winners this decade and 2019 contenders.

Breeders' Cup Classic winners (2010-18)

Accelerate:106
114
111
Gun Runner:
114
107
107
Arrogate:
124
97
100
American Pharoah:
100
104
109
Bayern:
109
80
106
Mucho Macho Man:
113
100
100
Fort Larned:
111
109
106
Drosselmeyer:
109
92
102
Blame:
112
108
102

Speed Rating Analysis:

Every Classic winner received a BRIS Speed number of 109 or higher in the last three preps.

Every Classic winner registered (at least) a pair of triple-digit Speed ratings.

Seven of the last nine Classic winners posted an improved Speed rating in final prep.

2019 Breeders' Cup Classic contenders (alphabetical)

Code of Honor:108
108
93
Elate:
101
98
104
Higher Power:
96
110
89
Math Wizard:
100
84
99
McKinzie:
102
109
103
Mongolian Groom:
105
98
104
Owendale:
103
103
99
Seeking the Soul:
95
91
104
Vino Rosso:
107
101
102
War of Will:
99
93
94
Yoshida:
102
107
94

Speed Rating Analysis:

Higher Power (110) and McKInzie (109) are the only Classic contenders to post at least a 109 BRIS Speed rating.

Higher Power, Math Wizard, Seeking the Soul and War of Will have failed to register a pair of triple digit Speed figures.

Code of Honor, Higher Power, McKinzie, Owendale and Yoshida earned a declining Speed rating in the final prep.

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