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Royal Ship moves up to seventh place in the BC Classic rankings

Following his impressive victory at the San Diego Handicap (G2) on July 30 at Del Marthe 6-year-old gelding from Fox Hill Farms and Siena Farm royal ship went from unranked to n°7 in the last Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic ranking, with the best line of flight holding a 38 point edge of Olympiad .

The Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings is a weekly ranking of the top 10 horses vying for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Keeneland November 5 in Lexington.

Royal Ship, coached by Richard Mandella, came off the pace at the San Diego Handicap to claim a 2 1/4 victory over the 2-1 favorite country grammar . A son of the winner of the Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) aspirant Royal Ship received 100 votes.

Flightline, trained by John Sadler, remains in the lead for the first six weeks of the rankings. The Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap (G1) winner has 323 votes. Owned by Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing, Flightline is set to start on September 3 in the TVG Pacific Classic (G1), one win and you’re in for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods 4-Year-Old Olympiad is in second place with 279 votes. Undefeated in five starts this year for coach Bill Mott, Olympiad, Life is Beautiful , Hot Rod Charlie and The American Revolution should all start this Saturday in the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Racetrack, one win and you’re in for the Breeders’ Cup Classic. The Whitney will air live on NBC and Peacock (5 p.m. ET) as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing.

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Life Is Good, 4, of CHC and WinStar Farm, winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes Presented by 1/ST BET (G1) and the John A. Nerud Stakes (G2) for trainer Todd Pletcher, remains at third place with 259 votes.

Winchell Thoroughbreds, 3 years old Epicenter , 1 1/2 length winner of last Saturday’s Jim Dandy Stakes (G2) in Saratoga, moved from sixth to fourth this week. Epicenter (202 votes) is trained by Steve Asmussen, who saddled both Curling and gun runner to victories in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Country Grammer, owned by Commonwealth Thoroughbreds, WinStar Farm and Zedan Racing Stables, and driven by Bob Baffert, jumps from fourth to fifth place with 197 votes.

Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss’ 4-year-old Hot Rod Charlie, runner-up at the Dubai World Cup sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), slip one place to sixth with 154 votes.

After seventh place, Royal Ship is the 3rd year of Gold Square Cyberknife winner of the Haskell Stakes (G1) on July 23. Trained by Brad Cox, who saddled Knicks Go, winner of the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic last year, Cyberknife fell one place to eighth with 79 votes.

The third 3-year-old in the top 10 is Whisper Hill Farm’s charge it . Trained by Pletcher, Charge It, winner of the Dwyer Stakes (G3) by 23 lengths, is in ninth place with 55 votes.

CHC and WinStar Farm’s 4-year-old American Revolution, the third Pletcher-trained horse in the Top 10, is in 10th place with 37 votes.

This press release has been edited for content and style by BloodHorse Staff.