URGENT UPDATE! Arcangelo Scratched From Classic:
3-Year-Old Star Arcangelo bows out and heads to stud farm: The promising 3-year-old with an impressive track record, had to withdraw from Saturday’s $6-million GI Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita due to a bothersome foot issue, but it’s retirement for good, since he’s hanging up his racing shoes and setting his sights on a career as a stud at Lane’s End Farm next year.
The gray sensation, known for his victories in the GI Belmont S. and GI Travers S. this year, faced a setback with a tender hind foot and lost a shoe over the weekend. He was slated as the second choice at 7-2 in the morning line for the 1 1/4-mile Classic showdown. Arcangelo leaves the track with a record of 6 wins, 4 places, 1 show, and a purse of $1,754,900. He also clinched the GIII Peter Pan S. this spring. Arcangelo’s pedigree traces back to the legendary broodmare Better Than Honour, who produced Belmont victors Jazil and Rags to Riches.
Grand Finale Winner in Final 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings
Arcangelo, the standout champion who clinched both the Belmont Stakes and the Grade 1 Travers Stakes, has crossed the finish line in first place in the grand finale of the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Classic rankings. This race isn’t just for bragging rights; it’s about a chance to grab a share of the $6 million prize at the Breeders’ Cup Classic, set to kick off on November 4 at Santa Anita Park in sunny Arcadia, California.
Location: Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California
Streaming: NBC Sports
Pursue: $6 million
Arcangelo’s Grand Streak
Ridden by the talented Jena Antonucci, this 3-year-old speedster is the offspring of none other than Breeders’ Cup Classic champ Arrogate. Belmont Stakes winner Arcangelo roared ahead to seize the top spot in the Horse Racing rankings following a thrilling win at the Travers in Saratoga back on August 26. And what a ride it’s been – Arcangelo led the pack for seven consecutive weeks, amassing an impressive 312 votes, including a whopping 23 first-place votes.
Other Young Guns on the Horizon
The young guns in the race are making their mark too. Three-year-olds aren’t just along for the ride; they’re securing the next two spots in the rankings. Geaux Rocket Ride, the Haskell Stakes (G1) victor and Pacific Classic (G1) runner-up, trotted into second place with 261 votes. Right behind, Arabian Knight, the Pacific Classic champ, clinched third with 245 votes.
The excitement doesn’t stop there. The top ten in the rankings also includes White Abarrio, who triumphed at Saratoga’s Whitney Stakes (G1), Zandon, the Woodward (G2) conqueror, and Bright Future, the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) sensation.
As the 2023 Breeders’ Cup Rankings drew to a close, Belmont Stakes winner Arcangelo stood tall. This rankings race, which began on July 18, saw Arcangelo seize the lead after Forte stumbled in the Travers. The rankings were determined by an expert panel of Thoroughbred racing media, horse racing players, and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel.
The finish line is in sight for this season, and we’ll be watching as these contenders gear up for the November Breeders’ Cup Classic, including the Belmont Stakes winner.