Which Horses Are Big Movers in Sept. 15 Breeders' Cup Classic Rankings?

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The field for the Aug. 29 Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar leaves the starting gate, with eventual winner Medina Spirit (red jockey cap) breaking well from the second post. (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.

Medina Spirit moved up two spots in week 12 of the  Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, a poll of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 6 at Del Mar.

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 Sept. 15


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1. Essential Quality (9 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Luis Saez

2021 stats: 6 starts – 5 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 28 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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2. Knicks Go (15 first-place votes)

Owner: Korea Racing Authority

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 stats: 5 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Lukas Classic, Oct. 2 at Churchill Downs

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3. Maxfield (3 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brendan Walsh

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 stats: 5 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 2nd, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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Eclipse Sportswire

4. Hot Rod Charlie  (1 first-place vote)

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

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2021 stats: 5 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 2 thirds

Last race: Finished 1st, disqualified to 7th in TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 17 at Monmouth Park

Next race: Pennsylvania Derby, Sept. 25 at Parx Racing

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5. Max Player 

Owners: George Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

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

Last race: 1st, Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, Sept. 4 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic, Nov. 6. at Del Mar

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6. Tripoli

Owner: Hronis Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Tiago Pereira

2021 stats: 6 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, TVG Pacific Classic, Aug. 21 at Del Mar

Next race: TBD

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7. Letruska

Owner: St. George Stable

Trainer: Fausto Gutierrez

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 stats: 6 starts – 5 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Personal Ensign Stakes, Aug. 28 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, Oct. 10 at Keeneland Race Course

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8. Medina Spirit

Owners: Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: John Velazquez

2021 stats: 7 starts – 3 wins – 3 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Shared Belief Stakes, Aug. 29 at Del Mar

Next race: Pennsylvania Derby, Sept. 25 at Parx Racing

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9. Midnight Bourbon 

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen 

Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.

2021 stats: 7 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 2ndRunhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 28 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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Eclipse Sportswire

10. Mishriff (3 first-place votes)

Owner: Prince A. A. Faisal

Trainers: John and Thady Gosden

Jockey: David Egan

2021 stats: 5 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Juddmonte International Stakes, Aug. 18 at York Racecourse

Next race: TBD

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