Flightline Spectacular in Pacific Classic

Jane Lyon stands Del Mar Watching her horses from the stands, route at the TVG Pacific Classic Championship (G1) on September 3, he made a big turn on the road to greatness.

“I just tried not to start crying so hard that I couldn’t see him when he crossed the finish line,” she said. “You can’t expect it. You can’t expect it to happen. It’s just a miracle to let it happen and let him continue to grow like him, getting better and better.”

Lyon, holding red roses in the winner’s circle, congratulated several of Flightline’s co-owners.It was Lyon Shepherd who founded Flightline, which is her way through Kentucky Indian Charlie Mare feathered and Tapit . Even those excellent bloodlines can’t show that it can produce the incredible performance that spectators have witnessed in the $1,000,500 Pacific Classic.

Jane Lyon of Summer Breeze. Fasig-Tipton Saratoga's sales scene on August 3, 2019 in Saratoga Springs, NY
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt

Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Equine

Flightline is expected to win despite never running a mile and faces five tiered bet winners including the Dubai World Cup winner sponsored by Emirates (G1) country grammar . But he does it in a way that few, if any, people have ever seen. after all, Secretariat 31 Long Belmont’s victory was nearly 50 years ago.


Flightline threw himself into the race from the start, even though horses on both sides bumped him out of the gate.He took the lead on the perimeter despite a long shot extra hope raced on the rails and actually got ahead of the Flightline as the crowded field headed to the first turn.

With Prat trying to settle him down, Flightline starts an attack that will quickly take him into another dimension. On pole five out of eight, he took command and never gave up.

Is it too early to lead? An average mortal handles 1 1/4 miles, maybe. But this is the flight line. He stepped up and the distance started to increase—a length, then 10, then 13. The score looked like Flightline might be slowing down as he finished six furlongs in 1:09.97, but looking at the way he moved, no one expected any horses to come near him.

“When we got into the final turn, he was driving really well and I asked him to pick it up a bit,” Pratt said. “As soon as I looked back and saw how far ahead he was, I picked him up.”

The crowd roared as the Flightline galloped down, and Jane Lyon tried to hold back those tears. The jaw dropped as the Flightline crossed the finish line at an incredible distance, which was later calculated to be 19 1/4 in length. Even with Prat slowing him down, Flightline stopped the clock at 1:59.28, just 0.17 behind Candy Tour ‘s stake and track record, completed in the 2003 Pacific Classic. Country Grammer finished second by seven points royal ship in the third.

Flightline’s lead breaks 2019 by accelerate just like the Flightline trained by John Sadler, who has now trained four of the final five winners of the Pacific Classic.

When co-owner Kosta Hronis heard the official bond, he laughed and said, “Well, that’s what Accelerate’s track record is – bad Accelerate.”

Hronis owns Accelerate in the name of family Hronis Racing. Kosta, his wife Stephanie and brother Pete own Flightline in partnership with Lyon’s Summer Wind Equine, Siena Farm, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing.

Flightline wins 2022 Pacific Classic Championship at Del Mar
Photo: Benoit Photos

Flightline Connections Enjoy Pacific Classic Trophy Showcase

Flightline has never been tested, and he won all five races. It was an easy schedule for a 4-year-old, but some issues kept him from starting until April of his 3-year-old season, and the Colts had a small setback earlier this year. Sadler has said long ago that it’s important to take advantage of his incredible speed.

“The horse is so good, you have to separate his game a little bit because he’s in his own category,” Sadler said. “I know him well and I know the best thing for him is to build energy from one game to the next. We all want to see him run more times, but when he runs like this, you don’t Need to get him to run more. Enjoy the ones you run in.

Flightline earned a place in the Breeders’ Cup Challenger at the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) with its Pacific Classic victory. Sadler is pretty sure he’ll train the ponies for that race, not the awesome re-bet next month (G1) Santa Anita Parkthe ultimate classic preparation for West Coast horses.

Sadler has been impressed with Flightline since he first saw him and David Ingordo, who had previously bought many of Sadler’s top racing pigeons, recommends Buying this pony as a yearling for $1 million at Saratoga Auction 2019, Fasig-Tipton’s selection of yearlings at Saratoga Auction Springs, NY Ingordo bought him for the West Point Thoroughbreds and the current partnership came together quickly.

Flightline’s five winning margins now total 62 3/4 length.

video: TVG Pacific Classic S. (G1)


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