Life Is Good vs Flightline has a clear outcome

Life Is Good and Flightline are at the top of the racing world as the two best dirt horses in the country. But with the two stars missing a race against each other, it’s natural to wonder what the outcome would be if the runners met. Who is the fastest ? Who would win a hypothetical match?

Although both horses are talented runners, both on paper and visually, one horse is clearly faster.

For example, compare TimeformUS best speed figures for each horse.

When Life is Beautiful won the Pegasus World Cup Invitational last weekend at Gulfstream, he scored a 134 on TimeformUS for his second highest speed figure. He also got a speed figure of 110 Beyer.

Life Is Good landed its highest TimeformUS number last year after losing a thrilling battle to the spunky Jackie’s Warrior in the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1) in Saratoga. Despite the loss, Life Is Good earned an impressive 135, which was helped by his early pace work.

These two speed figures represent Life Is Good at its best.

In contrast, line of flight earned an astonishing 135 on TimeformUS in just his second career start last September, when he topped the field in an optional six-furlong claim run at Del Mar by 12 3/4 lengths. The scary part is that Flightline probably wasn’t doing its best.

More than three months later, on December 26, Flightline made their Malibu Stakes (G1) debut at Santa Anita. He won by 11 lengths and improved his TimeformUS figure to 141. That kind of high speed figure is almost unheard of. On TimeformUS, Flightline’s fastest run is six points higher than Life Is Good’s best, even though Life Is Good’s best numbers are already showing up pretty quickly.

From a visual standpoint, the way Flightline has separated themselves from the field in their three wins at this point is nothing short of amazing. In the Malibu, he accelerated under his own power like a machine while changing tracks perfectly. The way it moves is smooth with no unnecessary movement.

Life Is Good won the Pegasus by 3 1/4 lengths in the end. But it didn’t give the impression of a fluid machine moving by its own power. Instead, he needed his jockey to correct him as he tried to drift into the stretch. Although Life Is Good still won the Pegasus, his move in the stretch doesn’t look as good as Flightline’s.

In fact, Flightline gives the impression of being a special horse. From the visuals alone, he wins the hypothetical battle between the two horses given his ability to crush a Grade 1 in devastating fashion.

To be fair to Life Is Good in the Pegasus, he had the likely Knicks Go Horse of the Year Champion behind him at the Pegasus World Cup. Again, Flightline had Baby Yoda and Stilleto Boy complete his trifecta, and neither did the hungry. Stilleto Boy went on to finish third in the Pegasus World Cup, while losing second to Knicks Go by just one length after giving him a battle in the stretch for second place.

Regardless of competition differences since their last victory, Flightline was the fastest horse. In fact, Flightline gives the impression that it is capable of setting records in the future. Although Life Is Good can run more often than Flightline and win more races, he doesn’t seem like a horse capable of giving historic performances.

After all, Flightline is much less experienced and already boasts a higher figure than Life Is Good without even trying their best. How much faster is Flightline if the jockey asks him in the stretch race for his best shot?

If the two horses meet in a race, there is enough evidence to conclude that Flightline is the faster horse. Flightline plans to win Life Is Good in a clean race. Even though Life Is Good has been solid and ultra-consistent in its work, a healthy Flightline is capable of producing the kind of performances that fans will continue to watch for decades.

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