Maximum Security, Tom's d'Etat top BC Classic Poll
5th August 2020
Bob Baffert has two of the top three horses in this ranking
It has been a bad couple of weeks for horses at the pointy end of the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings with surprising defeats for the likes of Tom’s d’Etat and Midnight Bisou at Saratoga on Saturday in addition to Honor A.P. going down in the Shared Belief Stakes has left three of the previous top six nursing disappointing outings.
Even the win for Maximum Security at the San Diego Handicap wasn’t all that impressive as he had to go all the way to the wire to hold off Midcourt to win by a nose.
The winners over the past few days are few and far between when it comes to potential Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders but one is certainly Improbable who was able to win the Grade I Whitney on Saturday. Tom’s d’Etat stuttered out of the gate and still ran incredibly well to even be remotely in the hunt but it is impossible to deny that Improbable rode well for Irad Ortiz Jr. and gave Bob Baffert a big win on a day he also saw Thousand Words become a outside Kentucky Derby contender.
All this has left us with a tie at the top of the stands as Maximum Security and Tom’s d’Etat could not be split by the panel. Both received 281 points and 13 First Placed votes despite neither looking all that impressive in their previous outings. It is easy to say both had issues, the lack of clean break for Tom’s d’Etat clearly screwed him and Maximum Security was working off some rust but both have minor question marks surrounding them.
Improbable rose seven places to third following his Whitney win with Tiz the Law slipping down whilst idle. He will run in the Grade I Travers this weekend and could easily grab that third spot back or indeed rise further. Code of Honor also falls after not triumphing at the Whitney, which saw three of the top horses in this poll start.
Art Collector grabbed the final spot. The Blue Grass winner is expected to run at the Ellis Park Derby on Sunday as the late comer to the party continues to rise up the rankings.
The Latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings are below: