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Flightline is favored to be named world’s best racehorse


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The World Racing Awards, which are expected to formalize Flightline’s position as the best racehorse last year, will be streamed live on Tuesday on multiple digital platforms, organizers said Friday.

The awards, presented by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, will recognize both the world’s best racehorse and the best horse race in 2022. Both honors could go to Flightline, who topped the federation’s final ranking of horses in November narrowly over the Great Britain-bred Baaeed.

Organizers said the ceremony would be streamed live over the social media accounts of the IFHA, event sponsor Longines and the World Horse Racing organization beginning at 9:15 a.m. EST. Other racing industry players also are expected to stream the show, the federation said in a news release without providing any details.

Flightline, trained by John Sadler and ridden throughout his career by Flavien Prat, was retired to Lane’s End Farm in November after compiling a perfect six-for-six record. His wins included three Grade 1s in 2022 in the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park in June, the Pacific Classic at Del Mar in September and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November at Keeneland.

Either his 8 1/4-length triumph in the $6 million Classic or his 19 1/4-length romp in the Pacific Classic could be selected as the top race of the year by the federation’s panel of international racing officials and handicappers, who take into account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse in deciding the honors.

The 5-year-old son of Tapit also is widely expected to capture both horse of the year and best older male honors at the Eclipse Awards for North American racing on Jan. 26 in Palm Beach, Fla.

Baaeed also put together a stellar season for trainer William Haggas and owner-breeder Shadwell Estate, running his unbeaten streak to 10 before being beaten in the Champion Stakes (G1) at Ascot in his final career start. Prior to that he recorded four Group 1 victories in 2022, winning the Lockinge, Queen Anne, Sussex and Juddmonte International.

Baaeed already captured horse of the year and older horse titles in the Cartier Racing Awards, which honor the year’s best European runners, in London on Nov. 9.

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