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(through October 6, 2002)
The following are World Thoroughbred Rankings for the top 10 horses in each racing division for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, to be held October 26 at Arlington Park in Arlington Heights, Ill. The World Thoroughbred Rankings are established by an international panel of racing secretaries and handicappers. Rankings are determined by an analysis of the horses' past performances in graded and group stakes races around the world through the date of ranking. These are the final rankings leading up to the announcement on Oct. 17 of the horses pre-entered for each of the eight Breeders’ Cup races.
The rankings will be part of the criteria used to determine horses' qualifications to participate in the World Thoroughbred Championships. The rankings currently reflect all eight Breeders' Cup divisions: Distaff, Filly & Mare Turf, Mile, Sprint, John Deere Turf, Classic, Bessemer Trust Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies.
For a rankings list that includes breeders and jockeys, go to www.ntra.com.
JOHN DEERE TURF DIVISION
FILLY & MARE TURF DIVISION
NETJETS MILE DIVISION
BESSEMER TRUST JUVENILE DIVISION
JUVENILE FILLIES DIVISION
*(T) next to a ranking indicates a tie.
Changes in World Thoroughbred Rankings from Sept. 29 to Oct. 6
ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE) NOW TOP RANKED IN BOTH CLASSIC AND NETJETS MILE;
CLASSIC - With his connections now considering the Classic, ROCK OF GIBRALTAR (IRE) is installed at the top of the division, tied with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner WAR EMBLEM, Travers Stakes winner MEDAGLIA D’ORO and Pacific Classic winner CAME HOME.
JOHN DEERE TURF - MARIENBARD (IRE) winner of the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe ties GOLAN (IRE) for first place. SULAMANI (IRE), second in the Arc, rises from fifth to a third-place tie with HIGH CHAPARRAL, who was third in the Arc. SARAFAN, second in the Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship at Santa Anita, ties BALLINGARRY (IRE) for ninth place.
DISTAFF - AZERI stays in first with her commanding win in the Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup last Wednesday. An impressive winner of Saturday’s Beldame at Belmont Park, IMPERIAL GESTURE moves from eighth to a fourth-place tie with TAKE CHARGE LADY, winner of the Overbrook Spinster Stakes. AFFLUENT drops from eighth to ninth place. PRINTEMPS (CHI), third in the Spinster, enters the rankings in 10th place, tied with ALLAMERICAN BERTIE.
SPRINT - KALOOKAN QUEEN, winner of the Ancient Title Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita, moves into a ninth-place tie with INVINCIBLE SPIRIT (IRE). SWEPT OVERBOARD, fourth in the Ancient Title, drops from third to fifth place.
FILLY AND MARE TURF - GOLDEN APPLES (IRE) retains the top spot following her victory in the Yellow Ribbon at Santa Anita. BANKS HILL (GB), third in the Yellow Ribbon, falls out of first place and into a sixth-place tie with AQUARELLISTE (FR). OWSLEY, winner of Keeneland’s WinStar Galaxy, moves into a ninth-place tie with AFFLUENT, ENGLAND’S LEGEND, GOSSAMER (GB) and REBELLINE (IRE).
NETJETS MILE - BEAT HOLLOW (GB), third in the Keeneland Shadwell Turf Mile, ties WHERE OR WHEN (IRE) for second place. LANDSEER (GB), winner of the Shadwell Turf mile, jumps from 10th to seventh place. TOUCH OF THE BLUES (FR), second in the Shadwell Turf Mile, enters the rankings tied for eighth place with NOVERRE.
BESSEMER TRUST JUVENILE - SKY MESA, an impressive winner in the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity, takes first place by himself. ELUSIVE CITY, third in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes last Thursday at Newmarket, falls into a second-place tie with TOCCET, winner of Belmont’s Champagne Stakes, and TOMAHAWK, second in the Shadwell Middle Park Stakes. HOLD THAT TIGER, winner of the Grand Criterium at Longchamp, moves into a sixth-place tie with ZAVATA. KAFWAIN and BULL MARKET, noses apart at the wire of Santa Anita’s Norfolk Stakes, are tied in 10th place with ICECOLDBEERATREDS, second in the Champagne, and LONE STAR SKY, second in the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity. VINDICATION drops from fifth to an eighth-place tie with ZAFEEN (FR).
JUVENILE FILLIES - SIX PERFECTIONS (FR), winner of the Prix Marcel Boussac at Longchamp, moves from third to a first-place tie with STORM FLAG FLYING, winner of Belmont’s Frizette Stakes. COMPOSURE zooms into the Top 10, tied for third place with Frizette runner-up Santa Catarina. RUSSIAN RHYTHM, second in the Chevely Park Stakes at Newmarket, falls from first into a fifth-place tie with newly ranked ETOILLE MONTANTE, second in the Prix Marcel Boussac. SOVIET SONG (IRE) ties Keeneland’s Alcibiades Stakes winner WESTERLY BREEZE for seventh place. RUBY’S RECEPTION, second in the Alcibiades, is tied for 10th place with ATLANTIC OCEAN, IVANAVINALOT and LUVAH GIRL (GB).
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