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Breeders’ Cup Classic: 2020 Brisnet Speed Rating Report

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TwinSpires Staff

November 1st, 2020

The centerpiece of the two-day, 14-race Breeders’ Cup, the $6 million Classic (G1) has attracted a compelling field of 11 pre-entries.

A pair of quality 3-year-olds, Kentucky Derby winner Authentic and Belmont Stakes victor Tiz the Law, will step up to face a deep group of older horses that includes Improbable, Maximum Security, and Tom’s d’Etat.

Preakness winner Swiss Skydiver is considered doubtful for the 1 1/4-mile race, with the Distaff (G1) listed as her first preference.

Post positions will be drawn Monday, and let’s review the last three Brisnet Speed ratings for the pre-entries to the 1 1/4-mile Classic:

Authentic 108104107
By My Standards
 99
102
107
Global Campaign
 104
108
90
Higher Power
 100
92
105
Improbable
 108
104
108
Maximum Security
 103
106
99
Swiss Skydiver
 109
104
109
Tacitus
 102
102
105
Title Ready
 96
93
94
Tiz the Law
 103
115
106
Tom’s d’Etat
 101
112
101

It is a fast bunch, with more than half the field (six runners) registering triple-digit Speed ratings in the last three prep races. Four horses show a pair.

Title Ready looks too slow based on numbers, failing to reach the triple-digit threshold.

Tiz the Law (115) and Tom’s d’Etat (112) own the top two figures. Authentic, Improbable, and Swiss Skydiver have posted at least a 107 in two of the last three outings.

Classic winners

Here are the previous three Speed ratings for the last 10 Classic winners:

Vino Rosso109 101102
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
109
Blame
112
 108
102

Seven of the 10 received a triple-digit Speed rating in every prep. The other three recorded a pair.

Arrogate failed to register a triple-digit Speed rating in his next-to-last prep. After recording a whopping 124 figure for his track record-setting win in the Travers (G1), the 3-year-old colt ran turned in another massive performance to capture the 2016 Classic, receiving a 115 for his half-length victory over California Chrome.

Accelerate, Blame, Drosselmeyer, and Fort Larned posted at least a 107 Speed rating in two of the last three starts. Gun Runner reached the threshold in all three prep races.

Top contenders in the 2020 Classic field compare favorably to previous winners over the last decade.

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