Horses to follow during the 2023 racing season

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The 2022 horse racing season is finally reaching its conclusion, but bettors will already be on the hunt to find horses that could follow in the footsteps of Flightline and win the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2023.

While the John Sadler horse may have been a once-in-a-lifetime talent, there is certainly an opening for a number of promising competitors, according to the latest horse racing news by TwinSpires.

These could be set for big campaigns in 2023, which could include entries in one of the Triple Crown races or an effort at some of the big purses offered at the Breeders’ Cup in 2023.

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ARABIAN KNIGHT

There was a lot of excitement centered around Arabian Lion on the undercard to the Juvenile races at the Breeders’ Cup. However, his underwhelming display meant that the star Bob Baffert’s performance of the weekend comfortably went to Arabian Knight.

By Uncle Mo, this two-year-old colt got tongues wagging at Keeneland in a maiden special weight as he blitzed the field to win by a comfortable seven-length margin in the opening race on Saturday.

While a Kentucky Derby runs still looks unlikely due to his alignment with Baffert, some of the big prizes in the second half of the season could be targeted by this promising-looking colt.

FORTE

With the Triple Crown races for 2023 in mind, it could be worth keeping an eye on Forte.

This runner for the team of Irad Ortiz and Todd Pletcher looked like a potential superstar at Keeneland, as he raced clear of Cave Rock to land the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by a length and a half.

The two-year-old has already proven that he has what it takes to win in stakes company, but that performance at the Breeders’ Cup scored a career-best figure of 107.

It remains to be seen what the target may be, but his maiden-breaking win at Belmont Park in May could mean that he may be perfectly poised to challenge for at least the Belmont Stakes in 2023.

NEXT

While it wasn’t one of the main races on the Breeders’ Cup card, one of the most pleasing performances on Friday came in the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Stakes, as Next ran the field a ragged over a mile and five furlongs.

The horse trained by William Cowans was prominent in the field as soon as he left the gate, but he still had the pace to finish over two lengths clear of Heywoods Beach.

He will be five for the 2023 season, but there could be some very interesting longer-distance races on the dirt where he could show his class once again.

His run at Keeneland scored a career-best rating of 105, and he could yet improve further in top-level quality after landing that Grade 2 prize.

SILVER KNOTT

While all of the previously mentioned horses won their races on Breeders’ Cup weekend, one that we like that wasn’t successful is Godolphin-owned Silver Knott.

The two-year-old for Charlie Appleby faded towards the line in the Juvenile Turf, which saw him finish second to Victoria Road, but there could be a lot more to come from this runner by Lope De Vega.

He traveled extremely well throughout that race at Keeneland, and given the success that Godolphin has achieved around the globe, there is likely to be a perfect race for him somewhere over the next 12 months.

A mile looks set to be his ideal trip, which means a run in the 2000 Guineas can’t be ruled out.

But, a return overseas looks more likely for this British-trained runner, and a final end goal of the Breeders’ Cup Mile could be the eventual target in 2023.

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