Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Blame has been judged the best horse to race in North America during 2010 by the compilers of the World Thoroughbred Rankings, unveiled in London, England, on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
Blame, who just held the late burst of the previously unbeaten Zenyatta by a head in the Classic, received a rating of 129 pounds, second in the world to Harbinger, who was weighted at 135 pounds for romping home in the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes Sponsored By Betfair (Eng-I) on turf at the end of July and was retired to stud shortly afterwards because of injury.
Blame was rated one pound ahead of Quality Road (128), who finished a well-beaten 12th and last in the Breeders’ Cup Classic but won four of his other five starts during the year, drawing away to win both the Donn Handicap (gr. I) at Gulfstream Park in February and the Woodward Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga in September. In the nine-furlong Whitney (gr. I) at Saratoga, Quality Road gave up five pounds to Blame and lost by a head.
Zenyatta, who received a three-pound sex allowance in the Breeders’ Cup, ended her career with a rating of 125, compared with a 128 achieved the year before when successful in the Classic over the artificial surface at Santa Anita. She shared the honor of being the top-rated female in the world last year with the remarkable French-trained mare Goldikova, who won the TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) impressively for the third consecutive year and has 12 group I successes to her name. Despite another excellent year, Goldikova was on a lower rating than for the previous year when she achieved 130.