By Blood-Horse Staff
October 13, 2016-With his impervious victory in the Awesome Again Stakes (gr. I), California Chrome (133) retains the top spot in the eighth edition of the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings for 2016.
The 2014 Horse of the Year who has registered an undefeated campaign this year that has included wins in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (UAE-I) and the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I). Perfect in six starts this year, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit enjoys a four-point ratings lead over his closest rivals.
United States-based horses are well represented in the rankings through Oct. 9 with record-setting Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner Arrogate (129) tied for the second spot with A Shin Hikari. Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) and Whitney Stakes (gr. I) winner Frosted ranks sixth with a 126 rating.
With Arrogate and California Chrome both pointing to the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), that race will feature the world's top-ranked horse against the horse tied for second in the rankings.
The Longines rankings through Oct. 9:
Rank, Horse, Rating, Trained
1. California Chrome, 133, USA
2. A Shink Hikari, 129, Japan
2. Arrogate, 129, USA
4. Almanzor, 127, France
4. Winx, 127 Australia
6. Frosted, 126, USA
7. Maurice, 124, Japan
7. Postponed, 124, Great Britain
7. Werther, 124, Hong Kong
Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT) winner Found (IRE) (123) improved her rating from 122 to 123 with her 1 3/4-length victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I). It was a memorable day for Coolmore and trainer Aidan O'Brien, as Found beat her stablemates to the wire. Highland Reel (122) was second, while Order of St George (IRE) (120) was third.
The Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are compiled by the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).