Stars of Yesterday: Looking Back at Best Arkansas Derby Winners
Two horses within the top four in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings closed ground on leader Arrogate, however, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and Dubai World Cup winner retained the top spot in the final interim list before the rankings committee meets in Hong Kong to debate the official rankings for 2017.
Gun Runner, who soundly defeated Arrogate while winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic by 2 ¼ lengths on Nov. 4 at Del Mar, rose two points in the rating to a 129. Despite extending his winning streak to four straight Grade 1s, Gun Runner still ranks behind Arrogate, who is rated at 134.
Australian superstar Winx remained in second with a rating of 132, followed by the biggest mover since the last rankings, Cracksman, who rose from a 122 rating to a 130 thanks to an impressive win in the Group 1 QIPCO Champion Stakes on Oct. 21 at Ascot. The aforementioned Gun Runner checked in fourth, edging past Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Enable, who has won six straight races and was rated at 128.
Other notable movers include Collected, who rose from a 122 rating to 124 after his runner-up finish in the Breeders’ Cup Classic; and Talismanic, who entered the top 50 tied for 18th with a rating of 122 after his win in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf. A trio of U.S. dirt horses — TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint winner Roy H along with Battle of Midway and Sharp Azteca, the top two finishers, respectively, in the Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile — debuted in the top 50 rated at 120, tied for 36th.
View the full Longines World’s Best Racehorse rankings through Nov. 5 here.