Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for July 14

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Essential Quality, shown heading to the track prior to his win in the Belmont Stakes, is currently ranked second in the latest media poll for Breeders’ Cup Classic contenders. (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 2021 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 June 29 and the final poll results for the current week are below.

Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings for July 14


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1. Maxfield (23 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brendan Walsh

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 stats: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 26 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

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2. Essential Quality (5 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Luis Saez

2021 stats: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 5 at Belmont Park

Next race: Jim Dandy Stakes, July 31 at Saratoga Race Course

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3. Mystic Guide (8 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Michael Stidham

Jockey: Luis Saez

2021 stats: 3 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Suburban Stakes, July 3 at Belmont Park

Next race: TBD

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4. Hot Rod Charlie

Owners: Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2021 stats: 4 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 2 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 5 at Belmont Park

Next race: TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 17 at Monmouth Park

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5. Knicks Go (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Korea Racing Authority

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 stats: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap, July 2 at Prairie Meadows

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

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6. Silver State

Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

2021 stats: 4 starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Hill ‘n’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap, June 5 at Belmont Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

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7. Country Grammer (1 first-place vote)

Owner: WinStar Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2021 stats: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Hollywood Gold Cup Stakes, May 31 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

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8. Letruska

Owner: St. George Stable

Trainer: Fausto Gutierrez

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 stats: 5 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Fleur de Lis Stakes, June 26 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD

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9. Mandaloun

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

2021 stats: 5 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, TVG.com Pegasus Stakes, June 13 at Monmouth Park

Next race: TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 17 at Monmouth Park

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10. Happy Saver

Owner: Wertheimer & Frere

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2021 stats: 2 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Suburban Stakes, July 3 at Belmont Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

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