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Horse Racing Division Rankings 06/26/23: Two Phil’s Dominates Ohio Derby, Moves Up 3-Year-Old Crop
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Horse Racing Division Rankings 06/26/23: Two Phil’s Dominates Ohio Derby, Moves Up 3-Year-Old Crop

Welcome to the 2023 Divisional Rankings! Each week, we rank the best thoroughbred horses in America based on their divisions. Cody’s Wish still leads, but how high did Two Phil’s rise after winning the Ohio Derby (G3) at Thistledown? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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Overall Rankings

Here are my overall rankings as seen in the latest NTRA Top 10 Poll this week. The poll ranks the top thoroughbred horses based on if Horse of the Year voting was conducted at this very moment. Here’s what my last Top 10 poll looked like:

  1. Cody’s Wish
  2. Elite Power
  3. Up to the Mark
  4. Clairiere
  5. In Italian
  6. Caravel
  7. Proxy
  8. Smile Happy
  9. Goodnight Olive
  10. Art Collector

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Older Males

1. Cody’s Wish – His story is amazing and a huge bright spot for racing. He just keeps winning and getting better with each start.

2. Up to the Mark – This is one of the best turf horses in the world right now after back to back dominant victories.

3. Proxy – He keeps getting better with age and might finally be putting it all together.

4. Smile Happy – This one has alway shown a ton of ability and might be ready for a big time summer.

5. Art Collector – He won the Pegasus World Cup (G1) to kick off his season; however, he hasn’t been able to reach that level since.

Sleeper: Defunded – He has been sharp in all of his race, including back to back wins at Santa Anita.

Older Females

1. Clairiere – She stands out amongst the dirt females as we head into the summer.

2. In Italian – This one has turned into an absolute monster on the turf.

3. Caravel – She has always had the talent; however, now she has developed consistency. She’s beaten the boys twice this season.

4. Goodnight Olive – She made her way back to the winners circle in the Bed ‘o Roses Stakes (G2).

5. Echo Zulu – She could have a huge year if she stays healthy.

Sleeper: Nest – We haven’t seen her yet this year, but she could have a huge summer and make a splash in this division.

3-Year-Old Males

1. Forte – It’s hard to rank this division right now, but Forte is the tentative leader as we head into a fun summer.

2. Mage – The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner can easily rise to #1 in this division if he can pick up another big win.

3. Two Phil’s – He was so good in the Ohio Derby (G3); however, an ankle injury will likely keep him from racing the rest of the season.

4. Arcangelo – His rise to stardom has been ultra-impressive, culminating in a win in the Belmont Stakes (G1).

5. National Treasure – His win in the Preakness Stakes (G1) was huge; however, he still has some proving to do.

Sleeper: Arabian Lion – This might be the best horse in the crop; however, he still has to prove he can beat big-time horses around two turns.

3-Year-Old Females

1. Pretty Mischievous – She is way ahead of the rest after back to back Grade 1 victories.

2. Red Carpet Ready – She looks to be the top 3-year-old sprinter as of right now.

3. Taxed – Her Black-Eyed Susan (G2) victory lands her in this spot.

4. Hoosier Philly – She has returned to form and could be a major player in the big races this summer.

5. Wet Paint – She has suffered back-to-back losses since leaving Oaklawn Park.

Sleeper: Gambling Girl – She ran well to finish second in the Kentucky Oaks (G2).


1. Elite Power – He is head and shoulders above anyone in this division heading into the summer.

2. Skelly – This one is developing nicely for Asmussen.

3. Gunite – He is a star in his own right; however, he was no match for our top horse last time they met.

4. Straight No Chaser – He was sensational at Pimlico; however, he has been sidelined with an injury.

5. Spirit of Makena – He’s won 3 in a row with ease at Santa Anita Park.

Sleeper: Drew’s Gold – As far as a pure sprinter goes, he might be the best in the 3-year-old division.