Racing Dudes Divisional Rankings 9/22/15

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. Liam’s Map – Wire to wire win easily in the Woodward Stakes combined with a nose loss to the top horse in the Whitney makes him an easy selection for the second best horse in the division.

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

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

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. Frosted – Huge for him to get back into the winners circle in the Pennsylvania Derby.  His body of work puts him clearly second best in the division.

3. Keen Ice – Beat the Triple Crown winner and could be the most improved horse in racing.

4. Dortmund – Is training very well with the first big goal being the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs.

5. Firing Line – It’s odd to put him back into the rankings WITHOUT running a race, but nobody else is stepping up right now.

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 – Big win in the Cotillion CLEARY makes her second best in this division going into the Breeders Cup.

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. Stellar Wind – Might be facing older horses next at Santa Anita as she preps for the Breeders Cup.

Sleeper: Calamity Katie – Back to back solid efforts have me thinking she could be a rising star in the division.

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