Arrogate, winner of the inaugural Pegasus World Cup Invitational and the Dubai World Cup in 2017, was honored as the Longines World’s Best Racehorse for the second year in a row on Tuesday. The Juddmonte Farms-owned colt, who was retired to stud after the Breeders’ Cup, received a 134 rating by Longines and the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the same as last year.
Longines and the IFHA presented their awards at a ceremony held in London, where Juddmonte Farms (represented by racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe) and trainer Bob Baffert were given a Longines watch and Longines Equus Crystal Vase.
Winx, the superstar Australian racemare who won all nine of her starts in 2017, was the second highest-ranked racehorse by Longines and IFHA, earning a 132 rating. The third-highest rating of 130 was shared by English Group 1 winner Cracksman and the likely 2017 Horse of the Year in the U.S., Gun Runner. Gun Runner defeated Arrogate in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and will make his final start in the second Pegasus World Cup on Jan. 27.
Collected, who finished second behind Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and defeated Arrogate in the TVG Pacific Classic, was the only other U.S.-based horse in the top ten rankings, tied for ninth along with two international horses with a 124 rating. Collected is also expected to start in the second Pegasus World Cup. American Grade 1 winners Mor Spirit, Sharp Azteca, and World Approval each received a 123 ranking, tied for 12th along with five other horses.
The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings are determined by international handicappers according to the performance of horses around the world. Longines and the IFHA also presented the World’s Best Horse Race to the 2017 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, held at Chantilly Racecourse in France and won by Enable. That race achieved a rating of 126.25. Hugh Bowman, rider of Winx, was honored as the World’s Best Jockey in a December 2017 ceremony during the Longines Hong Kong International Races.
This marks the third year in a row an American horse has earned the top rating from Longines. American Pharoah, winner of the 2015 Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, earned a 134 rating for his historic campaign. The only United States-based horse to be rated higher in the last two decades is Cigar, who finished 1996 at 135.