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Arcangelo on Top in Final BC Classic Rankings

Blue Rose Farm’s Arcangelo , winner of the Belmont Stakes (G1) and the Travers Stakes (G1), has finished first in the final poll of the 2023 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, a weekly rating of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). This year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic will be run Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

Trained by Jena Antonucci, the 3-year-old son of Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Arrogate took the top spot in the rankings following his victory in the Aug. 26 Travers at Saratoga Race Course, and held the lead for the next seven weeks. Arcangelo received 312 votes in the final poll, registering 23 first-place votes.

Three-year-olds also secured the next two spots in the rankings. Pin Oak Stud LLC’s Geaux Rocket Ride , winner of the Haskell Stakes (G1) and runner-up in the FanDuel Racing Pacific Classic (G1), finished second with 261 votes. Zedan Racing Stables Inc.’s Arabian Knight , the Pacific Classic winner, finished third with 245 votes.

The 2023 Longines Breeders’ Cup Rankings began July 18 and concluded today after 13 weeks of voting. The rankings were determined by a panel of media, horseplayers, and members of the Breeders’ Cup racing directors/secretaries panel. The full rankings and a list of voting members can be found here.

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