Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony Jan. 19; American Pharoah Leads Current Rankings

by | 12.23.2015 | 12:28pm
An estimated 5,000 fans turned out at Monmouth Park ahead of the Haskell to watch American Pharoah gallop.

Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have announced that the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse and Longines World's Best Horse Race Ceremony will be held on 19 January 2016 in London, England, once again at the iconic hotel Claridge's.

The ceremony will honor the top highest rated horses in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings as well as the Longines World's Best Horse Race. This is the third Longines World's Best Racehorse Ceremony, and it marks the first time the Longines World's Best Horse Race will be celebrated.

The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are established by international handicappers according to the performance of the horses in top races. Just A Way (JPN) was honored as the world's highest rated racehorse for 2014, following Black Caviar (AUS) and Treve (FR), who tied in 2013. The full list and further information on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org.

Currently, the horse leading the rankings is American Pharoah with a 133 ranking, followed by Golden Horn with a 130. These numbers are as of Nov. 8, 2015; the list will be updated on Jan. 19 along with the announcement of the 2015 Longines World's Best Racehorse.

The trophy of the Longines World's Best Racehorse is a crystal vase named Equus. Every year, it is engraved with the name of the Longines World's Best Racehorse and the representative of the winner is presented with an elegant Longines watch.

The creation of the Longines World's Best Horse Race Award was announced in October during the International Conference of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. It will recognize the best-rated race of the highest-rated Group 1 international races as established for the year by a panel of international handicappers. The ratings of the top four finishers in each race over the past three years serve as basis for the assessment.

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