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Retired flight to study at the end of the alley

The remarkable two-year racing journey of Flight route finished.

On November 6, the day after winning the November 5 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland, his relationships announced his widely anticipated retirement from Lane’s End Farm in Versailles, Ky., where he will be entering school next year. His stud fee will be announced later.

“We want to thank coach John Sadler and his team for the incredible work they did with Flightline,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End. “His historic performances are a tribute to their expertise and relentless efforts to bring out the best in horses.”

My 4-year-old son is very aggressive Tapit undefeated in six games starting with over $4.5 million in earnings. In addition to winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday under regular driver Flavien Prat, he also decisively won the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1), Hill’ n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1), Runhappy Malibu Stakes in 2021 (G1), and an optional pension claimant and maiden race last year.

All of his wins are by a margin of six lengths or more, including the Classic, which he won over 8 1/4 lengths. Olympiad – the largest winning margin in race history. His biggest fight was the 19 1/4 match in the Pacific Classic.

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His 1/4 mile time on Saturday at 2:00.05 was the second fastest time in Keeneland racing history, second only to Real Win the Classics of 2000 with a score of 1:59.60.


“He has to be there with the all-time best,” Farish said at Keeneland Sunday morning. “To have the pedigree and the looks he has on it is amazing.”

Through an affiliate partnership of Lane’s End, Woodford Racing, Farish is one of the owners of Flightline, along with West Point Thoroughbreds, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine and Hronis Racing, with the latter holding shares. largest share of ownership.

West Point purchased the foal for $1 million in 2019 from Lane’s End consignment at The Saratoga Sale, a select sale by Fasig-Tipton in Saratoga Springs, NY, and an ownership partnership property is quickly established.

Hronis Racing’s Kosta Hronis credited coach John Sadler and assistant coach and gymnast Juan Leyva for their patience and coaching with Flightline, who was initially keen on coaching. his practice.

“He wants to play explosively all the time, and that’s hard to do if you’re going to run a mile and a half,” he said outside Flightline’s barn in Keeneland. “They had to teach him how to be a racehorse, and that’s what Juan and John did. It took a lot of work, and they put a lot of effort and time into getting it done.”

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Flight smells his Breeders ‘Cup Classic’ wreath on November 6 in Keeneland

Flightline never raced at age 2, and only competed three times in both 3 and 4, partly due to minor setbacks, but also because Sadler wanted space for his races. Despite the predictions of some experts that the lightning-fast pony will “rebound,” that is, recede, he has excelled from start to finish in his short career.

“John got into this horse very early on,” Farish said on Sunday morning. “People will say, ‘Oh, he didn’t run much. His races are so far apart.” But if you look at his work tab, he probably has more works than any horse with such a record number of starts. “

Bill Farish in the winners' circle after Flightline with Flavien Prat win the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland in Lexington, KY on November 5, 2022.
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Bill Farish in the winners’ circle after Flightline with Flavien Prat win the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Keeneland in Lexington, KY on November 5, 2022.

Farish declined Sunday morning to estimate how much Flightline is worth, although a ballpark could be established on November 7 when Keeneland bids a 2.5% fractional interest rate on Flightline.

“We’ll find out the value of a stock tomorrow, but I don’t think it’s fair to say it’s going to be worth 40 times that because of the scarce value of just one stock available,” Farish said. .

Even though Sadler won the 2018 Classic Urge during the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes (G1) in January 2019 at Gulfstream Parkwhere he finished third in a final outing planned before standing in for the 2019 spawning season at Lane’s End, Pegasus was not in the cards for Flightline.

“Who’s against him?” Farish asked eloquently, suggesting that the opposing horse’s affiliation would be reluctant to run against Flightline.

Routes not belonging to Jane Lyon Hairy daughter of Charlie India who won Edgewood Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs and placed second in both American Oaks (G1) and Starlet Stakes (G1) and third in Frizette Stakes (G1). She comes from a strong Phipps family, the third dam is the winner at Matron Stakes (G1) and Acorn Stakes (G1) Fee’s Fee, and the fourth dam is Fantastic Find which won first prize and multiple points.


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