Pacific Classic Flightline Spectacular

Jane the Lion stood Del Mar Special bleachers to watch the horses she raised, flight line will take the far turn for greatness in the TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) on September 3rd.

“I was trying not to start crying so hard I couldn’t see him when he crossed the finish line,” she said. And for it to happen and for him to continue to grow like him is just a miracle.”

Lyon clutched a red rose in the winner’s circle and congratulated some of Flightline’s co-owners. Colt bred in Kentucky, it was Lyon who led the creation of Flightline. indian charlie mare down When tapit Even these fine pedigrees failed to show any indication that they could produce the jaw-dropping performance that the crowd witnessed at the $1,000,500 Pacific Classic.

Jane Lyon of Summerwind. Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale his scene on August 3, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY
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Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Equine

Despite having never run more than a mile before, Flightline was up against five tiered stake winners, including the Dubai World Cup Sponsored Emirates (G1) winner. , was expected to win. country glamor But the way he did it was very little, if any, ever seen. in the end, Secretariat ‘s 31-length Belmont victory came almost 50 years ago.


Flightline entered the race from the start despite being hit by horses on either side and leaving the gate.He took an early lead on the outside despite long shots Extra Hope racing on the rails and actually ahead of the flight line, a well-assembled field headed into the first turn.

While Pratt tried to calm him down, Flightline launched an attack, sending him quickly into another dimension. With his 5-of-8 pole, he took command and never let it go.

Too early to take the lead? If a normal human handles 1 1/4 miles he might. But this was the flight line. He lengthened his stride and the distance began to grow – one length, then he ten, then he 13. I thought any horse would come close to him.

“He was moving so well when we came into the final turn that I asked him to lift him up a bit,” Pratt said. “As soon as I turned around and saw how far ahead he was, I wrapped him up.”

The crowd roared as the flight line sped by, and Jane Lyon tried to hold back her tears. Jaws dropped when the flight line crossed her line at the finish at an incredible distance. This was later calculated to be 19 1/4 lengths. Even with Pratt down gearing, he stopped the clock in 1:59.28, just 0.17 behind the flight line. candy ride Stakes and achievements achieved in the 2003 Pacific Classic.Country Glamor finished second, seven lengths ahead of loyalty Third.

The flightline margin broke the Pacific Classic record of 12 and 1/2 lengths set in 2019. To accelerate like Flightline trained by John Sadler, trained four of the final five winners of the Pacific Classic.

Co-owner Kosta Hronis laughed when he heard the official margin.

Hronis owned Accelerate under the family Hronis Racing name. Costa, his wife Stephanie and brother Pete own Flightline in partnership with Summer His Wind His Equine, Siena Farms, West Point His Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing in Lyon.

Flightline Wins 2022 Pacific Classic Stakes at Del Mar
Photo: Benoit Photography

Flightline Connectivity for Pacific Classic Trophy Presentation

Flightline has never been tested and has won all five races. It’s a light schedule for a 4-year-old, but some issues prevented him from starting his 3-year-old season until April, and the foal also experienced a minor setback earlier this year. Sadler has long said it’s important to capitalize on his incredible speed.

“This horse is so great that we have to race him a little bit because he’s in his own category,” Sadler said. , you know it’s about stocking up on energy for the next race we all want to see him run more but when he runs like this you don’t need him To run more.Enjoy what you run.

Flightline won the Pacific Classic and qualified for the Breeders’ Cup Challenge to the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Sadler was pretty sure he would be training the Colt for that race without taking part in next month’s Awesome Again Stakes (G1). Santa Anita Parkfinal preparations for the West Coast-based equine classic.

Sadler has sold this foal as a year-old foal in 2019 at the Saratoga Sale, Fasig Tipton’s select year-old sale in Saratoga, when David Ingold, who purchased many of Sadler’s top runners, made this 100-year-old foal. I’ve been impressed with Flightline since I first met him after he advised me to buy one for $10,000. Springs, New York Ingordo purchased him for his West Point Thoroughbreds and the current partnership was quickly struck.

Flightline’s five margins of victory now total 62 3/4 lengths.

video: TVG Pacific Classic S. (G1)


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