Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for June 18

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Seeking the Soul entered the Top 10 rankings of Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders at No. 3 based on his win in the June 15 Stephen Foster Stakes. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Starting on June 12, a 36-member panel of media members, horseplayers, and Breeders’ Cup World Championships officials began releasing a poll tabulating their votes on the nation's top contenders for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

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


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1. McKinzie (14 first-place votes)

Owners: Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2019 stats: 4 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, June 8

Next race: TBD


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2. Thunder Snow (9 first-place votes)

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

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3, Saratoga Race Course


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3. Seeking the Soul

Owner: Charles Fipke

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Jockey: John Velazquez

2019 stats: 4 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 15

Next race: TBD


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4. Catholic Boy (3 first-place votes)

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: 1st, Dixie Stakes, May 17

Next race: Suburban Stakes, July 6, Belmont Park


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5. Vino Rosso (2 first-place votes)

Owners: Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

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

Last race: 1st, Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes, May 27

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3, Saratoga Race Course


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6. 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

Next race: TBD


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7. Omaha Beach

Owner: Fox Hill Farms

Trainer: Richard Mandella

Jockey: Mike Smith

2019 stats: 4 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Arkansas Derby

Next race: TBD, targeting a return at Saratoga Race Course


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8. Gunnevera

Owner: Margoth

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: Emisael Jaramillo

2019 stats: 2 starts – 0 firsts – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3, Saratoga Race Course


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9. Quip

Owners: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing

Trainer: Rodolphe Brisset

Jockey: Florent Geroux

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

Last race: 2nd, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 15

Next race: TBD


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10. War of Will

Owner: Gary Barber

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

2019 stats: 6 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 9th, Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets

Next race: TBD, possibly the Jim Dandy Stakes, July 27, Saratoga Race Course

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