Keeneland-Connected Horses Recognized On World Thoroughbred Rankings

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LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 16, 2014) – Keeneland-based Wise Dan and Keeneland sales graduates Animal Kingdom, Beholder, No Nay Never and Will Take Charge are among the horses with Keeneland connections recognized on the 2013 LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings announced today by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

Australia’s undefeated Black Caviar, a 6-year-old in 2013, and unbeaten 3-year-old French filly Treve top the year-end rankings at 130 pounds. Wise Dan, who won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) for the second consecutive year and is a candidate to earn his second Eclipse Award as North America’s Horse of the Year, ties with leading Japanese runner Orfevre as the co-third rated horses in the world at 129 pounds.

Wise Dan, who is based year-round at Keeneland, is the world’s top-weighted horse at middle distances on turf. Last year at age 6, the gelding also won the Ricoh Woodbine Mile (G1), Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) and Keeneland’s Maker’s 46 Mile (G1). Owned by Mort Fink and trained by Charlie LoPresti, Wise Dan is a finalist for additional 2013 Eclipse Awards as champion older male and champion male turf horse.

Other North American-based horses that are prominently ranked include:

  • Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Animal Kingdom (2009 September Yearling Sale), the co-leading dirt/all-weather horse.
  • Will Take Charge, the top-rated 3-year-old on dirt/all-weather, and Beholder, the top-rated 3-year-old filly on dirt and the world’s second-leading 3-year-old filly. Both are graduates of the 2011 September Sale.
  • Keeneland-based Group 1 winner No Nay Never, the world’s third-ranked 2-year-old at 119 pounds. He is a graduate of the 2011 November Sale and 2012 September Sale.

The LONGINES World's Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing's equivalent to world rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings. The LONGINES Rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand.

Ratings are compiled under the auspices of the IFHA by racing officials and handicappers representing the five continents who compile the ranking order by agreeing on the rating for each horse. The ratings are based on the performance of horses in elite races held during the designated period, which takes in account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse.

Throughout the year, the rankings are published at regular intervals and the consolidated annual rankings are released in January. The annual rankings denote the champions in the various distance categories for example sprint or mile, surface either turf or dirt/all-weather and also the fillies and mares category.

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