Olympiad finishes stellar career with lifetime-best number in Breeders’ Cup Classic

Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable LLC and LNJ Foxwood’s multiple graded stakes winner Olympiad raced for the final time in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland on Nov. 5, where he turned in another stellar effort to be second behind certain Horse of the Year Flightline.

The gallant effort pushed Olympiad’s earnings to $3,026,560. He will now join the stallion roster at Gainesway Farm in Kentucky, where his 2023 was recently announced at $35,000 S&N.

“I have been a huge fan of Olympiad since selling him as a yearling in 2019,” said Gainesway General Manager Brian Graves. “Olympiad has backed up his exceptional looks and pedigree with a tremendous race record. I couldn’t be more excited to stand a horse of his quality and talent at Gainesway.”

Olympiad sold at the aforementioned Keeneland September Yearling sale to Solis/Litt for $700,000

Trained by Bill Mott, Olympiad was a remarkable 6-1-0 in eight starts in 2022, seven of those coming in graded races. He reeled off five straight wins to start the year, beginning with a blowout allowance win in January at Gulfstream, then carded wins in the Mineshaft S. (G3), New Orleans S. (G2), Alysheba S. (G2) and Stephen Foster S. (G2). His Mineshaft win broke a track record for 1 1/16-miles.

In his first start at the classic distance of 1 ¼-miles, Olympiad won the Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1), his penultimate race prior to the Breeders’ Cup.  Olympiad registered triple-digit Beyer Speed Figures in eight of his races, including career-best 111s in both the Breeders’ Cup and Foster.


Olympiad triumphs in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - Susie Raisher/NYRA
Olympiad triumphs in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) - Susie Raisher/NYRA