Welcome to the 2020 Divisional Rankings! Each week, we rank the best thoroughbred horses in America based on their divisions. Let’s take a look at the rankings, including my last vote in the NTRA Top 10 Poll:
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. After a great weekend of racing, the Top 10 has changes a bit. Here’s what my latest Top 10 poll looked like:
- Midnight Bisou
- Tom’s d’Etat
- Maximum Security
- Tiz the Law
- Mucho Gusto
- Zulu Alpha
- Code of Honor
- By My Standards
1. Tom’s d’Etat – His Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) win was easily the most impressive that we’ve seen from this division all year.
2. Maximum Security – We haven’t seen him since his big Saudi Cup (G1) win, but he is reportedly training well for new trainer Bob Baffert.
3. Mucho Gusto – The Pegasus World Cup (G1) was his best career race by a wide margin.
4. Zulu Alpha – He was on fire at Gulfstream Park in the winter, where he won the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1).
5. Code of Honor – A nice win in the Westchester Stakes (G3) was a great way to kick off his 2020 campaign.
1. Midnight Bisou – She showed her class with a complete romp in the Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill Downs.
2. Monomoy Girl – She’s back and looking as good as ever after defeating allowance company at Churchill Downs, her first start in 18 months.
4. Dunbar Road – She looked sharp in her 2020 debut, winning the Shawnee Stakes at Churchill Downs.
5. She’s a Julie – A big win in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) gets her back into the conversation in this loaded division.
Sleeper: Point of Honor – When she finally runs in longer races, she will be tough to hold off down the stretch.
1. Tiz the Law – He left little doubt in the Belmont Stakes (G1) with a convincing 3 3/4-length victory.
2. Honor A. P. – An impressive Santa Anita Derby (G1) triumph has him just a hair below the top spot.
3. Authentic – A strong runner-up effort in the Santa Anita Derby (G1) still has him in the mix.
5. Dr Post – He proved his class with a solid second-place showing in the Belmont Stakes (G1).
Sleeper: Cezanne – Due to the war of attrition, he might be trainer Bob Baffert’s best chance at winning the Kentucky Derby after looking very strong in his debut maiden victory on June 6.
1. Swiss Skydiver – She added the Santa Anita Oaks (G2) to her already-impressive resume.
2. Gamine – Her Acorn Stakes (G1) performance was one of the best that we’ve seen in this division over the last few years.
3. Tonalist’s Shape – She has only one flaw on her resume after reeling off win after win at Gulfstream Park.
4. Venetian Harbor – She was second in the Fantasy Stakes (G2) while putting forth a solid effort.
5. Finite – Her five-race winning streak was snapped last time out in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2).
Sleeper: Bonny South – Her upset Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) victory was a really solid showing.
1. Volatile – This may be the next superstar sprinter for Asmussen after his ultra-impressive win in the Aristides Stakes (G3).
2. Vekoma – His Carter Handicap (G1) victory was about as impressive as it gets.
3. Whitmore – He earned his spot in the rankings after an impressive Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (G3) victory at Oaklawn Park.
4. McKinzie – There is no doubt he is best when running 7 furlongs, which was put on display in the Triple Bend Stakes (G2).
5. New York Central – His Saudi Cup Sprint victory was very impressive.
Sleeper: Shancelot – It will be interesting to see if he can still be effective under new trainer Steve Asmussen.