Who Earned Top Spot in Sept. 29 Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings?

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Hot Rod Charlie (right) shook clear late to win the Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 26 at Parx Racing. (Taylor Ejdys/EQUI-PHOTO)

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.

Knicks Go regained the top spot and Pennsylvania Derby winner Hot Rod Charlie moved up to third in week 14 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. 29


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1. Knicks Go (18 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 Stakes, Oct. 2 at Churchill Downs

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

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3. 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: 6 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds

Last race: 1st, Pennsylvania Derby, Sept. 25 at Parx Racing

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

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4. Maxfield (4 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: Woodward Stakes, Oct. 2 at Belmont Park

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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: Awesome Again Stakes, Oct. 2 at Santa Anita Park

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7. 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: Awesome Again Stakes, Oct. 2 at Santa Anita Park

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8. Mishriff (2 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: QIPCO Champion Stakes, Oct. 16 at Ascot Racecourse

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9. 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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10. Life Is Good

Owners: China Horse Club and WinStar Farm

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

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

Last race: 1st, Kelso Handicap, Sept. 25 at Belmont Park

Next race: Big Ass Fans Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, Nov. 6 at Del Mar

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