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Two horses within the top four in the Longines World's Best Racehorse Rankings closed ground on leader Arrogate, however, the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes and Dubai World Cup winner retained the top spot in the final interim list before the rankings committee meets in Hong Kong to debate the official rankings for 2017.

Making the Grade, which will run through the 2018 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey) and pedigree.

Each year the excitement of the Breeders’ Cup is quickly followed by the thrills of the November sales, where top-class fillies and mares change hands for millions of dollars. The Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales feature a global group of potential buyers bidding for broodmares, weanlings (born early this year), and even racehorse and stallion prospects, but the stars of the sales are usually premier race fillies and mares fresh off the track.

Each week through members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top racehorses. With the Breeders' Cup races in the books, this week's poll is the final NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll of 2017. Find the final 2017 rankings below.

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Tom Pedulla presents his five major takeaways from the 34thBreeders’ Cup World Championships, which were held for the first time at Del Mar:

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