EARNS AUTOMATIC BERTH INTO LONGINES BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (Aug. 1, 2020) – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing’s 4-year-old Improbable ($8.50) won Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile Whitney (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, and became the fourth horse this year to earn an automatic berth into the $7 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., Improbable won his sixth race in 13 starts, completing the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.65 over a fast track.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is an international series of stakes races whose winners receive automatic starting positions and fees paid into a corresponding race of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which is scheduled to be held at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Kentucky, on Nov. 6-7.
Improbable joins previous Classic “Win and You’re In” qualifiers Capital System’s 6-year-old Mozu Ascot, winner of the February Stakes (G1) at Tokyo Racecourse on Feb. 23; GMB Racing’s 7-year-old Tom’ d’Etat, winner of the Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs on June 27 and the third-place finisher today, and Spendthrift Farm, MyRaceHorse Stable, Madaket Stables and Starlight Racing’s 3-year-old Authentic, also trained by Baffert, who won the TVG.com Haskell Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park on July 18.
As part of the benefits of the Challenge Series, Breeders’ Cup will pay the $150,000 in entry fee and guarantee a starting position for Improbable to start in the Classic, which will be run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track at Keeneland. In addition, Breeders’ Cup will provide a $10,000 travel allowance for starters within North America that are stabled outside of Kentucky.