Pacific Classic from Flyline asks the Queen to call

flight line The victory of 19 1/4 by the length of September 3 at the TVG Pacific Classic (G1) was so powerful that it caught the attention of Queen Elizabeth II and prompted a call from Len’s End Bell Farish the day after the race, simply to discuss this fine horse.

“This was purely conversational just because the Queen is so fascinated by racing,” said John Warren, the race director since 2001, who started the call. “because of far away The story, which we’re all obviously following here, was fun to be able to talk about another horse, admittedly on a different deck, that was holding on to the American racing fraternity in the same way.”

Like Flightline, Baaeed is undefeated. Shadwell Estate’s 4 year old son sea ​​stars He won five Group A stakes in England as part of his 10-10 record.

Flightline is a 4 year old son Click on it Its campaign is run by Hronis Racing, Siena Farm, Summer Wind Equine, West Point Thoroughbreds and Woodford Racing. The Summer Wind Equine has raised an award winning Grade 3 colt indian charlie mare feathers And he sold it for $1 million through a Lin’s End consignment at the 2019 Saratoga Sale, the one-year Fasig-Tipton set sale in Saratoga Springs, New York.

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Flightline returns home to the Pacific Classic Stakes in Del Mar

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Trained by John Sadler, Flightline is a three-time winner of the first class and undefeated in five starts and has earned $1,394,800 to date. After his racing career, Flightline will enter Lane’s End.

“She was very interested in Flightline, its history and lineage,” Farish said. “It’s amazing that she was still so engaged. It just shows how much she loves the game.”


Warren was at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on the weekend of the Pacific Classic to discuss with the Queen her mating plans for next year’s breeding squad. While they were fascinated by Flightline’s performance, their interest did not extend to the possibility of sending one or two mare off at the end.

“We are in a very good position in Europe,” Warren said. “We don’t have to go as far and wide like we did on the day the best racing opportunities were exported to America. We’ve had to use the American Princes but thanks to the larger operations here, the stallions rosters are pretty impressive.”

Queen Elizabeth II with William S.  and Sarah Farish at Lin's End Farm in 1991
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Queen Elizabeth II inspects stallions with William S. and Sarah Farish at Lane and Farm in 1991

But Warren said he spied an opportunity at Flightline for the Queen to indulge her passion for a discussion about raising, training and developing racehorses.

“I like to put meat on the bone for the things that are happening,” he said. “And while she was following the race closely, she didn’t often get the opportunity to talk about the wider field of things.” “It was interesting to have Bill on the phone talking about the history of the horse. Where he came from (Flightline) and that he had cost him. The preparations they went through to get the Flightline where it goes.”

The Queen had a long history with the Frisch family. She was a guest at Lin’s End when she visited Kentucky in 1984 and attended the first Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup race in kenland, which was her first visit to an American racetrack. She returned to central Kentucky in 1986, 1989, and 1991 to tour thoroughbred horse farms and look at stallions. William S. Farish, founder of Lynn’s End and Bill’s father, also served as US Ambassador to the Court of St. James in 2001-2004.

After four days of conversation with Bill Farish, the Queen died at the age of 96, ending 70 years of rule of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

“We are fortunate that Her Majesty the Queen has defined our sport and our industry with so much passion,” Warren said. She added, not only to the horses, but to the community. Will was the American ambassador, adding to the layers of continuity with the horses and all the figures involved in the breeding and racing community. The Queen has known many great people involved in the breeding and racing of great horses. I absolutely loved everything.”

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