Racing Dudes Divisional Rankings 9/2/15

Beholder - PACIFIC CLASSIC (Grade I) - 08-22-15 - R9 - DMR - Photo credit: Melanie Martines

Older Males

1. Honor Code – Two huge Grade 1 wins in a row against tough fields! He’s earned the top spot and proved he can go two turns now.

2. Shared Belief – It doesn’t look like he’ll be back in 2015 which is a real shame.

3. California Chrome – Out for the rest of the year, but his future could be bright in 2016.

4. Liam’s Map – An incredible performance in the Whitney and some will argue it should have been a winning effort. Huge talent who might be perfect at a mile.

5. Tonalist – He is what he is…a very good horse that just hasn’t quite been good enough to take home a big time race this year. Consistent on the board finisher.

Sleeper: The Pizza Man – How cool is this horse? Won the Arlington Million in his own back yard as the local crowd went crazy.

Older Females

1. Beholder – She locked up this division with a performance in the Pacific Classic that was almost too good to believe!

2. Sheer Drama – She’s a clear second best now in a division that is just lacking in talent after Beholder.

3. Wedding Toast – We haven’t seen her since her impressive win on Belmont Stakes day…not looking good that we’ll see her again this year.

4. Stopchargingmaria – Finally ran a bad race at the Spa, and we know she’s not great.  However, the resume is still solid.

5. Untapable – Not even close to the same filly as last year as we’ve seen it time and time again now.

Sleeper: Got Lucky – Don’t look for her to be a world beater, but she’s running tough right now.

3 Year Old Males

1. American Pharoah – A shocking defeat in the Travers Stakes, however he’s still best in this division by a mile.

2. Keen Ice – Took down the Triple Crown champion, is getting better with each race, and already had an impressive resume of second and thirds against the top flight of competition.

3. Frosted – Helped Keen Ice win the Travers as he pressed American Pharoah every step of the way.  Quality horse…just can’t buy a win right now.

4. Dortmund – Is back in training and if he comes back strong he could be very dangerous.

5. Upstart – Second race off the layoff he improved a bit more…not top class but still running respectable.

Sleeper: Runhappy – Might want to track this horse from here on out.  HUGE effort in the King’s Bishop to beat a great field.  Could be a rising superstar.

3 Year Old Female

1. Lady Eli – An amazing performance as she destroyed the field in the Belmont Oaks. Terrible news that she now has laminitis…future is in question although the prognosis is getting better.

2. I’m a Chatterbox – Her second place effort in the Alabama was good enough to keep her in this spot.

3. Curalina – Flattened out some in the Alabama Stakes…might be better going shorter.

4. Lovely Maria – Still has that Kentucky Oaks win to her credit, but isn’t anywhere near that form now.

5. Embellish the Lace – Wire to wire win in the Alabama in dominating fashion! Could be a major player in this division with a repeated effort.

Sleeper: Stellar Wind – Finally got back to the races and ran terrific.  Might have the most talent out of everyone in the division, now just needs to build his resume.


1. Private Zone – No other horse in American is as consistent as this guy!  Shows up and takes them as far as he can on the front end every single time.

2. Secret Circle – He’s a warrior of a horse…however it’s been a long time since we’ve seen him.

3. Rock Fall – Will be tough to handle at six furlongs as long as his form holds up.

4. Runhappy – If he can repeat the effort he showed us in the King’s Bishop then he will become the top sprinter.

5. Masochistic – Continues to be the most consistent of the sprinters in California right now.

Sleeper: Work All Week – He’s been forgotten about somewhat as his connections ran him in a soft spot last time out.  Don’t be fooled though…they are prepping him for the big one at the Breeders Cup once again.

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