Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for June 25

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McKinzie (left) and Gift Box are among the top 10 Breeders' Cup Classic contenders in the country.
McKinzie (left) and Gift Box are among the top 10 Breeders' Cup Classic contenders in the country. (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 June 25

McKinzie
Eclipse Sportswire

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 at Belmont Park

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


Thunder Snow
Eclipse Sportswire

2. Thunder Snow (8 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 at Belmont Park

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


Catholic Boy
Eclipse Sportswire

3. 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 at Pimlico

Next race: Suburban Stakes, July 6 at Belmont Park


Vino Rosso
Eclipse Sportswire

4. 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, May 27 at Santa Anita Park

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


Seeking the Soul
Eclipse Sportswire

5. 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 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD


Gift Box
Eclipse Sportswire

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 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD


Omaha Beach
Eclipse Sportswire

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, April 13 at Oaklawn Park

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


Gunnevera
Eclipse Sportswire

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, March 30 at Meydan

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


Tacitus
Eclipse Sportswire

9. Tacitus

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2019 stats: 3 starts, 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Belmont Stakes, June 8 at Belmont Park

Next race: TBD


Maximum Security
Eclipse Sportswire

10. Maximum Security

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Jason Servis

Jockey: Luis Saez

2019 stats: 5 starts, 3 wins – 1 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Pegasus Stakes, June 16 at Monmouth Park

Next race: TVG.com Haskell Invitational, July 20 at Monmouth Park

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