The $6 million Classic is the centerpiece of a two-day, 14-race Breeders’ Cup program at Santa Anita, and a well-matched field will contest the 1 ¼-mile event. Let’s compare the last three BRIS Speed ratings of Classic winners this decade and 2019 contenders.

Breeders’ Cup Classic winners (2010-18)

Accelerate:106
114
111
Gun Runner:114
107
107
Arrogate:124
97
100
American Pharoah:100
104
109
Bayern:109
80
106
Mucho Macho Man:113
100
100
Fort Larned:111
109
106
Drosselmeyer:109
92
102
Blame:112
108
102

Speed Rating Analysis:

Every Classic winner received a BRIS Speed number of 109 or higher in the last three preps.

Every Classic winner registered (at least) a pair of triple-digit Speed ratings.

Seven of the last nine Classic winners posted an improved Speed rating in final prep.

2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders (alphabetical)

Code of Honor:108
108
93
Elate:101
98
104
Higher Power:96
110
89
Math Wizard:100
84
99
McKinzie:102
109
103
Mongolian Groom:105
98
104
Owendale:103
103
99
Seeking the Soul:95
91
104
Vino Rosso:107
101
102
War of Will:99
93
94
Yoshida:102
107
94

Speed Rating Analysis:

Higher Power (110) and McKInzie (109) are the only Classic contenders to post at least a 109 BRIS Speed rating.

Higher Power, Math Wizard, Seeking the Soul and War of Will have failed to register a pair of triple digit Speed figures.

Code of Honor, Higher Power, McKinzie, Owendale and Yoshida earned a declining Speed rating in the final prep.