Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for Aug. 20

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TVG Pacific Classic winner Higher Power entered the poll of leading Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders this week at No. 5. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Each week a 36-member panel of media members, horseplayers, and Breeders’ Cup World Championships officials release a poll tabulating their votes on the nation's top contenders for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The rankings are determined by each voter ranking their top 10 horses with points assigned on a descending 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The poll is released each week to gauge rising and falling contenders leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, scheduled for Nov. 2.

Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for Aug. 20


Eclipse Sportswire

1. McKinzie

Owners: Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2019 stats: 5 starts – 2 wins – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

Click to add to Equibase Virtual Stable.


Coady Photography

2. Thunder Snow

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor

Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

2019 stats: 3 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, June 8 at Belmont Park

Next race: Woodward Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course

Click to add to Equibase Virtual Stable.


Coady Photography

3. Yoshida

Owners: China Horse Club, WinStar Farm, and Head of Plains Partners

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 4 starts – 0 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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4. Maximum Security

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Jason Servis

Jockey: Luis Saez

2019 stats: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes, July 20 at Monmouth Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Pennsylvania Derby, Sept. 21 at Parx Racing

Click to add to Equibase Virtual Stable.


BENOIT photo

5. Higher Power

Owner: H​​​​​ronis Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2019 stats: 7 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1stTVG Pacific Classic Stakes, Aug. 17 at Del Mar

Next race: TBD, possibly the Awesome Again Stakes, Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park

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Coady Photography

6. Catholic Boy

Owners: Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing

Trainer: Jonathan Thomas

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2019 stats: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Suburban Stakes, July 6 at Belmont Park

Next race: TBD

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7. Vino Rosso 

Owners: Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

2019 stats: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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BENOIT photo

8. Game Winner

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 4 starts, 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Los Alamitos Derby, July 13 at Los Alamitos

Next race: TBD

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BENOIT photo

9. Gift Box 

Owner: Hronis Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 4th, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 15 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Awesome Again Stakes, Sept. 28, Santa Anita Park

Click to add to Equibase Virtual Stable.


Derbe Glass/Coglianese Photos

10. Code of Honor

Owner: Will Farish

Trainer: Shug McGaughey

Jockey: John Velazquez

2019 stats: 5 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Dwyer Stakes, July 6 at Belmont Park

Next race: Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course

Click to add to Equibase Virtual Stable.

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