World’s Best Racehorse Rankings: Vino Rosso’s Breeders’ Cup Classic Win Vaults Him Into Top Five

by | 11.14.2019 | 10:46am
Vino Rosso, ridden by Irad Ortiz, Jr., wins the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic on Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California on November 2, 2019. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders’ Cup/CSM

VINO ROSSO (USA) [126] posted an impressive victory in the LONGINES Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) to join the top five of the ninth edition of the LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2019. Vino Rosso improved his rating from 121 to 126 when he defeated MCKINZIE (USA) [123] by 4 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita. Earlier in the year, Vino Rosso won the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G1), and he came into the Breeders' Cup World Championships having finished first in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) before being demoted to second in that contest behind CODE OF HONOR (USA) [121].

Breeders' Cup weekend also saw MITOLE (USA) [121] improve his rating from 120 to 121 after defeating SHANCELOT (USA) [120] by 1 ¼ lengths in the Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1). Additionally, SPUN TO RUN (USA) [120] joins the rankings after his 2 ¾ length victory over OMAHA BEACH (USA) [120] in the Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1).

Elsewhere, Japan is represented by two newly ranked horses in ALMOND EYE (JPN) [124] and LYS GRACIEUX (JPN) [121]. Almond Eye dominated with a three-length victory in the Tenno Sho (Autumn) (G1), while Lys Gracieux became the first Japanese-trained horse to ever win Australia's Ladbrokes Cox Plate (G1) when she defeated CASTELVECCHIO (AUS) [120] by 1 ½ lengths. Additionally in Australia, NATURE STRIP (AUS) [122] is newly ranked after pulling away by 3 ¼ lengths to take the Darley Sprint Classic (G1).

Meanwhile, in England, KING OF CHANGE (GB) [120] made headlines during British Champions Day with his 1 ¼ length win in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1).


LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings

 Leading Horses 

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Rank

Horse

Rating

Trained

1

CRYSTAL OCEAN (GB)

128

GB

1

ENABLE (GB)

128

GB

1

WALDGEIST (GB)

128

FR

4

BEAUTY GENERATION (NZ)

127

HK

5

GHAIYYATH (IRE)

126

GB

5

VINO ROSSO (USA)

126

USA

7

BATTAASH (IRE)

125

GB

7

BENBATL (GB)

125

GB

7

CITY OF LIGHT (USA)

125

USA

7

WINX (AUS)

125

AUS

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