Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for Sept. 17

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Omaha Beach, shown training earlier this summer at Del Mar, is expected to make his return to the racetrack after a five-month absence in the Ack Ack Stakes on Sept. 28 at Churchill Downs. (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 Sept. 17


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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: Awesome Again Stakes, Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park

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Eclipse Sportswire

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: TBD

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3. Code of Honor

Owner: Will Farish

Trainer: Shug McGaughey

Jockey: John Velazquez

2019 stats: 6 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, Sept. 28 at Belmont Park

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4. Preservationist

Owner: Centennial Farms

Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

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

Last race: 1stWoodward Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, Sept. 28 at Belmont Park

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5. 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: Pennsylvania Derby, Sept. 21 at Parx Racing

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Eclipse Sportswire

6. Yoshida

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

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 5 starts – 0 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 3rdWoodward Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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Eclipse Sportswire

7. 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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8. 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: Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, Sept. 28 at Belmont Park

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Eclipse Sportswire

8. 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, possibly the Kelso Handicap, Sept. 21 at Belmont Park

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10. 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: Ack Ack Stakes, Sept. 28 at Churchill Downs

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