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The Best of the Best

Posted by on 4/15/2015 11:13:42 PM

The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings were recently released and finally some American-based runners got some respect.

The ranking is for 3-year-olds and older horses that raced from the beginning of the year until April 5th.

Hong Kong superstar Able Friend’s landed the top spot but he has company in the form of Shared Belief, who is also ranked first.

Able Friend was bred in Australia but has races exclusively in Hong Kong. He won his debut in 2013, beat 11 rivals in his next, a Group 1 at about a mile on turf. He went into a little funk after that win but turned it around last November and then won his final start of last year going away.

He started 2015 with a win and was then put on the shelf till March when he returned in his third sprint of his career and proved by as the favorite.

After his win in April in a Group 2 race, which accounted for his 5th score in a row, he ran his record to 6 for 10 in his life and has earned over $5 million.

Shared Belief needs no introduction. A winner of his first 7 races, he was thoroughly mugged in the Breeders’ Cup Classic last year but he didn’t quit.

Freshened by world-class trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, he took the Malibu opening day of Santa Anita this meet and he was only getting warmed up.

Stretched out about 6 weeks later, he posted a 107 Beyer Speed Figure winning the Grade 2 San Antonio and they proved it was no fluke by demolishing his rivals in the Santa Anita Handicap with a 111 Beyer.

As Able Friend has been turf only, Shared Belief has won on the synthetic and on the dirt don’t be shocked if he tries the turf soon.

His sire Candy Ride was unbeaten and a winner on turf and dirt.

Solow is in the third spot all by himself. He has been versatile enough to win on turf and the synthetic and is coming off a clever win in his first Group 1 effort in the Dubai Turf on March 28.

He won by over 4 lengths and he just has a penchant for finding the wire. He has won his last 5 starts, 8 of his 13 starts and has earned nearly $4 million.

Designs on Rome and Lankan Rupee were tied for the 4th honors.

Designs on Rome can run all day long. He took 4 of his 10 starts last year but was out of the money in a very good field in his last race.

In that mile and a half grassy Dubai Sheema Classic, he was midpack most of the way and just could not catch the top 3 runners. In the exacta in 13 of his 22 starts with 9 wins, this runner has earned over $6 million.

When a horse can win half of his starts, he’s talented. That is just what Lankan Rupee has done in 18 starts. He has earned over $2.7 million, carried weight and lost a pair of heart breakers by a nose recently.

Strictly a sprinter, this runner is the pride of Australia and he’s beaten big fields in his career.

Brazen Beau, California Chrome, Dolniya, Flintshire and Prince Bishop round out the top 10.

One way players can take advantage of this list is to peruse the company lines of any foreigner that shows up in a race one is handicapping. If one of these runners is listed, you know that horse your looking at can run some.

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