Tom’s d’Etat Leads Inaugural 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings

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Tom’s d’Etat leads the first installment of the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Classic rankings; the 7-year-old horse is targeting the Aug. 1 Whitney Stakes for his next start. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Each week a 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 2020 Longines 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 launched on July 21 and will be released each week to gauge rising and falling contenders leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, scheduled for Nov. 7.

Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for July 21


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1. Tom’s d’Etat (17 first-place votes)

Owner: G M B Racing

Trainer: Albert Stall Jr.

Jockey: Miguel Mena

2020 stats: 2 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 27 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

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Eclipse Sportswire

2. Maximum Security (9 first-place votes)

Owners: Gary and Mary West, Michael Tabor, Susan Magnier and Derrick Smith

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Abel Cedillo

2020 stats: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Saudi Cup, Feb. 29 at Abdulaziz Racecourse

Next race: San Diego Handicap, July 25 at Del Mar

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Eclipse Sportswire

3. Tiz the Law (2 first-place votes)

Owner: Sackatoga Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Manuel Franco

2020 record: 3 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, June 20 at Belmont Park

Next race: Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course

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4. Code of Honor (2 first-place votes)

Owner: William S. Farish

Trainer: Shug McGaughey

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 stats: 2 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, July 4 at Belmont Park

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

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5. Midnight Bisou (3 first-place votes)

Owners: Bloom Racing Stable, Madaket Stables and Allen Racing

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Mike Smith

2020 stats: 2 starts -1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Fleur de Lis Stakes, June 27 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Personal Ensign Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

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6. Honor A. P. 

Owner: C R K Stable

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Jockey: Mike Smith

2020 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1stRunhappy Santa Anita Derby, June 6 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Shared Belief Stakes, Aug. 1 at Del Mar

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7. By My Standards

Owner: Allied Racing Stable

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

2020 stats: 4 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 27 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course

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Eclipse Sportswire

8. Tacitus

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 stats: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Suburban Stakes, July 4 at Belmont Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 or the Woodward Stakes, Sept. 5, both at Saratoga Race Course

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9. Vekoma (1 first-place vote)

Owners: R. A. Hill Stable and Gatsas Stables

Trainer: George Weaver

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2020 stats: 3 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, July 4 at Belmont Park

Next race: Forego Stakes, Aug. 29 at Saratoga Race Course

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10. Improbable

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

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke

2020 stats: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes, June 6 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Whitney Stakes, Aug. 1 at Saratoga Race Course or the TVG Pacific Classic, Aug. 22 at Del Mar

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