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Saratoga and Del Mar 2017

Frankel Bumps Goldikova From Top Spot

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The Breeders' Cup is only 16 days away, so let's take a look at the Active Power Rankings!!

Top 10 Active Horses

Frankel has done what Blind Luck, Havre de Grace, Animal Kingdom, First Dude, Tizway, Cape Blanco and Uncle Mo have failed to do - unseat Goldikova as the #1 horse in the world.

With his brilliant win in the QE II at Ascot on British Champions day, Frankel extended his win streak to 9 and convinced HRN voters to award him the crown.

This marks the first time in 50 weeks that Goldikova has not topped our list, an amazing accomplishment. All eyes will be on Goldikova on November 5th, when she goes for her 4th, record-setting Breeders' Cup Mile victory.

We will have to wait another year to see Frankel on U.S. soil, if his connections decide to run him at all over here. What is certain is that the colt has lived up to his legendary namesake 9 times over.

So You Think, the wonder horse from Down Under, has shown his class in Europe, making runs in the Arc and the Champion Stakes within weeks of each other. A Breeders' Cup run has been floated for the horse, though no plans have been set. 

Havre de Grace tops the American horses at #3. Her easy romp in the Beldame was a perfect prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Australian sprinting star Black Caviar returned to the races with her 14th victory last weekend in the Schillaci Stakes. Though she has many fans in the US, it doesn't look like we'll be seeing her here any time soon, though her talents can be watched on TVG.

Animal Kingdom remains the top US-based 3-year-old, yet another testament to the importance of the Kentucky Derby. The son of Leroidesanimaux just started under-tack exercise after his injury in the Belmont and won't return until 2012. 

Flat Out ranks #7 this week, his first time in the Top 10, and the latest in a yearlong parade of older males trying to take control of that division. His stellar performance in the Jockey Club Gold Cup sets him up for a rematch vs Havre de Grace in the Classic.

Uncle Mo returned to victory in the Kelso and jumped into the BC Classic picture after a year of ups and downs. The reigning BC Juvenile winner has been working lights-out in preparation for the Classic. Though he has yet to win beyond a mile this year, his connection believe he has what it takes for victory.

Big Drama is the top US-based sprinter, at #9. Though he has been out most of the year, his few performances have impressed HRN voters enough to rank him high going into the BC, where he must defend his Sprint title against California speedsters Euroears and Amazombie.

Finally, the veteran of the turf, Gio Ponti, comes in at #10 after his win in the Shadwell Turf Mile. The 6-year-old horse has shown up in every major turf race this year, though the Shadwell was his first 2011 victory. He will challenge Goldikova in the BC Mile. 

Others to Watch:

Met Mile and Whitney winner Tizway is just outside of the Top 10 at #11. He missed the Jockey Club Gold CUp with a fever, but has since been training well and appears to be at the top of his game for the Classic.

Turbulent Descent, Test Stakes winner and top contender for the BC F&M Sprint, ranks #17.

Twirling Candy, co-subject of this week's Point-Counterpoint, comes in at #19.

Stay Thirsty, Travers winner and Classic sleeper, ranks #20.

Union Rags is the top-ranked 2-year-old heading into the Breeders' Cup at #23.

The Breeders' Cup is always a festival for racing fans, with great performances and shocking upsets. With such a diverse group of stakes winners heading to Churchill Downs, this year will be one of the most intriguing!


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