1. California Chrome – Gearing up for the San Diego Handicap at Del mar and July 23rd which will lead to the Pacific Classic.
2. Frosted – Gave us one on the greatest efforts we’ve seen in the last ten years as he crushed his competition in the Met Mile. Points now towards Saratoga.
3. Flintshire – Told myself I wouldn’t move him up too much just yet, but he’s simply better than those ranked below him right now.
4. Melatonin– Proved his worth for the third straight race as now I’m completely sold that he’s for real. Now has two Grade 1 victories at the classic mile and one quarter distance.
5. Effinex – His Suburban Handicap performance wasn’t good enough for him to pass anyone ahead of him in the rankings, but it was a great sign that he’s back on track after a poor Churchill Downs effort.
Sleeper: Bradester – Was mainly a Monmouth Park beast, but took his show on the road with a wire to wire win in the Stephen Foster.
1. Tepin – FREAK OF NATURE!!! WOW what a win at Royal Ascot! Would get my vote for Horse of the Year if the award was given today…and its not close!
2. Beholder – Another absolutely crushing performance in the Vanity Mile for this freak. She might be the best horse in the world…and is ranked second in this division as of now.
3. Cavorting – Impressive win in the Ogden Phipps over several of her rivals that were ranked ahead of her last week. Running better than ever.
4. Forever Unbridled – Ran second in the Ogden Phipps after two solid wins to kick off her year. Have to start giving her some respect now.
5. Stellar Wind – Very strong return for her in the Vanity Mile, but she was no match for Beholder.
Sleeper: I’m A Chatterbox – Ran at Delaware Park and hardly anyone noticed, but she looked very good and ready for bigger competition next.
3 Year Old Males
1. Nyquist – Exits the Triple Crown races as the number one ranked horse, and it’s probably by a decent margin. Has gotten back to work at Santa Anita with a couple of workouts, and is targeting a California based schedule the rest of the year.
2. Exaggerator – Perhaps the Triple Crown grind got to him as he was a no-show in the Belmont Stakes. Still has a big chance to become the top horse in this division if he can have a big summer.
3. Creator– Brutal trip in the Kentucky Derby was avenged by a fantastic ride in the Belmont Stakes by Irad Ortiz Jr. as he guided Creator to victory. Much like the top two in the division he probably controls his own destiny as far as winning three year old horse of the year goes.
4. Gun Runner – Ran perhaps his best race yet at Churchill Downs to win the Matt Winn Stakes. He gives Asmussen a nice 1-2 punch as him and Creator are loaded for big summer campaigns.
5. Mohaymen – Was nice to see him rebound off of his poor Florida Derby effort, and prove he’s still a decent horse.
Sleeper: Mo Tom– That’s more like it! Javier Castellano gave him a clean trip in the Ohio Derby, and he showed he’s a nice horse. Gun Runner vs. Mo Tom in the Haskell will be entertaining.
3 Year Old Females
1. Catch a Glimpse – Although Songbird will certainly have a chance pass her back in two weeks as for now Catch a Glimpse has EARNED this spot. Simply incredible in winning the Belmont Oaks over the weekend.
2. Songbird – Still extremely high on her, but the bottom line is she now has to earn her spot at the top. Will have that chance at Saratoga in a couple of weeks!
3. Cathryn Sophia – Her Kentucky Oaks win keeps her ranked second even after a poor showing in the Acorn Stakes. Will have to rebound or will get passed by some up and comers in this division.
4. Carina Mia – Has been confirmed that she is pointing toward the Coaching Club American Oaks for a show down with Songbird. A win in that race could vault her to the top of the division.
5. Go Maggie Go – Perhaps she was due to bounce a little bit off two back to back big efforts. Will give her a pass for now.
Sleeper: Off The Tracks – Hard to rank her just yet, but she’s been really great in her last two races.
1. Lord Nelson – Moves to number one by default…not exactly the strongest of sprint horses to ever be ranked this high. This division is so wide open.
2. X Y Jet – Running unreal to start the year, and almost got it done in Dubai. Is still hurt, but who is moving ahead of him as of now? Nobody in stepping up in this division.
3. Kobe’s Back – No way I’m going to penalize him for his Triple Bend Stakes effort because the ride was poor. He’ll be fine.
4. Private Zone – Was so bad in the Belmont Sprint Championship…surely he’ll rebound off that effort.
5. Wild Dude – He’s just awesome. Back to his winning ways at Santa Anita once again.
Sleeper: Subtle Indian – Really nice effort in the Triple Bend shows me he’s for real in this division. At six furlongs he should be super tough to beat.