The 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Preview & Prediction


When is the 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic taking place? Saturday 7th November, 2020 - 22:18 (UK)

Where is the 2020 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic taking place? Kneeland, Kentucky

Where can I watch the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic? Sky Sports Racing


Keeneland will play host to the Breeders’ Cup for the second time and the showpiece event – the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic – will end the meeting. The horse that is first past the post will secure a $3.78m prize and the unofficial title of premier thoroughbred in the United States. The overall prize fund this year is a record $7m making it one of the richest races in the world.

Bob Baffert’s run of three successive victories from 2014 to 2016 makes him the most successful trainer in Breeders’ Cup Classic history. The second of those three successes came at Keeneland and he has a strong hand this time around. Improbable is the one with obvious claims as he battles for favouritism at the top of the market. His most recent success came at Santa Anita over just a furlong shorter than this race over 1m2f. He comfortably saw off Maximum Security in that race, defeating another of Baffert’s chances in this race by 4½ lengths in that Grade 1 clash. A ten-time winner who has won over this distance before, his claims are obvious but he will need to find more to overturn that previous result. The third and final Baffert entrant is Authentic who has yet to finish outside of the frame with five wins and two second places in his even runs. He too has big claims with two Grade 1 wins under his belt, including the Kentucky Derby, but will have to improve to get his nose in front. Another key contender is Tiz The Law who is vying with Improbable to go off as favourite. Barclay Tagg’s three-year-old has won six races on the flat but found himself behind Authentic in the Kentucky Derby to add to the intrigue of this contest.


Improbable could make a worthy favourite in this Breeders’ Cup Classic with Bob Baffert’s four-year-old colt fancied to do enough to get his nose in front. Baffert can extend his record as the winningest trainer in the history of this race and with last year’s winning jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. on board, Improbable can earn a fourth successive Grade 1 to take out the huge prize and cement his place among some truly great thoroughbreds.

TSZ TIP: Improbable

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