Who Will Be Crowned World’s Best Racehorse?

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American Pharoah's human connections accept his 2015 award.
American Pharoah's human connections accept his 2015 award. (Photo courtesy of Longines)

January is a month full of promise for horse racing fans: new foals are arriving, big races are back, and the best Thoroughbred in the world will be crowned at the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony. If you have questions about the star-studded event, we have the answers you need!

There’s a ceremony? Yes, the 2018 Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Longines World’s Best Horse Race Ceremony, now in its sixth year, will honor the three highest-rated horses in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings as well as the Longines World’s Best Horse Race.

When is it? The ceremony will be held Jan. 23, 2019.

Where will it take place? For the first time, Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) have selected The Landmark hotel as the host site in London, England.

Who won last year? Last year Arrogate was celebrated as the 2017 Longines World’s Best Racehorse, while the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, which was won by Enable, was named 2017 Longines World’s Best Horse Race.

How are the rankings decided? The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are based on horses' performances in the top races in the world and are established by international handicappers. The highest rated race is determined by averaging the rankings of the first four finishers in a given race. The full rankings and further information on the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings are both available on the IFHA website http://www.ifhaonline.org

What’s the mission of the IFHA? It is the mission of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities to promote good regulations and best practices on international horse racing matters. 

In 1961, the horse racing authorities of the United States of America, France, Great Britain, and Ireland decided to coordinate their efforts to try and protect the integrity of the sport and maintain their basic purpose which is to hold competitions that differentiate the best horses to improve the breed. Six years later they created an international conference bringing the main global racing authorities together in Paris each year. In 1993 the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities was founded in 1993 which now has around 60 members.

Their main objectives include coordinating and harmonizing rules of breeding, racing, and wagering; ensure quality and fairness of racing; provide for on-track organization of the protection of the welfare of horses jockeys, and people attending races; and to keep organization of horse racing up to date technically, socially, and economically.

Two-time World's Best Racehorse Arrogate
Two-time World's Best Racehorse Arrogate (Eclipse Sportswire)

The Federation still organizes a yearly international conference which updates the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering endorsed by the Conference in 1974 and publishes the main statistics of each member-country concerning breeding, racing, and betting.

The award: The trophy celebrating the Longines World’s Best Racehorse is a crystal vase named Equus. The Longines World’s Best Horse Race trophy signifies a proud horse head. The trophies are engraved with the name of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse and Horse Race respectively, and the representatives of the winners are presented with a sophisticated Longines watch.

Who are the previous winners?

Longines World’s Best Racehorse winners:

•             2013: Treve (France) and Black Caviar (Australia)

•             2014: Just A Way (Japan)

•             2015: American Pharoah (USA)

•             2016: Arrogate (USA)

•             2017: Arrogate (USA)

Longines World’s Best Horse Race (first awarded in 2015):

•             2015: Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

•             2016: Breeders’ Cup Classic

•             2017: Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe

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