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First Dude Tops Power Ranking Newcomers

First Dude wins 2011 Hollywood Gold Cup.

This week's Top 10 Active Horses

This week's Power Ranking has more ups and downs than an elevator, and many new faces, too!

Goldikova sits in the golden throne at Number 1, but there is no telling how long she will stay after the activity this week.
At number 2 is First Dude, who claimed the top older male title, and a spot in the Top 10, after his thrilling nose victory in the Hollywood Gold Cup on Saturday. Bob Baffert has made a one-time frontrunner into a stalking superstar who now sits at the top of many handicappers' lists for the BC Classic.

Animal Kingdom holds precariously onto the 3rd spot. With the upcoming Haskell, Jim Dandy and Travers, look for Shackleford, Ruler On Ice and other late-bloomers to try to steal his spot away.

United Nations winner Teaks North stormed onto the scene and slipped up the list into 4th. This 4 year-old trained by Justin Sallusto is rapidly stamping himself as the best turf horse in America, taking the crown from aging Gio Ponti (who dropped to 24th).

Awesome Maria hop-scotched over both Blind Luck and Havre de Grace this week into 5th, but this will probably only be for a week, or until the duel of the divas at Delaware this weekend.

(Who will win the Delaware Handicap?)

Other Power Players This Week

Game On Dude broke into the top 10 as well with his gutsy performance at Hollywood. The 4-year-old gelding held down the speedy Twirling Candy, then almost stole the whole thing. He obviously likes California best, turning in his finest performances on the SoCal circuit.

Tizway leaped back into the Top 10, perhaps on the memory of his scintillating Met Mile. He points for the Whitney next out.

Havre de Grace & Blind Luck come in 8th and 9th, respectively, and there's a lot more about these two fillies at HRN this week, so I won't go into the details here.

Finally, Pool Play cracks the top at 10th. Flat Out ranks at 11th, with Canford Cliffs at 12th.

Other major stakes winners in the top 50 are Courageous Cat at 13, Winter Memories at 28, Dreamy Kid at 38 and Dominus at 45.

As the Hollywood Juvenile Championship comes up this weekend, let's take a look at the Top 5 2-year-olds:

Tune in next week for another rundown of the Top 10 Power Ranking, when we'll find out which filly wins the rankings race!


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