Which Horses Are Rising in Sept. 1 Edition of Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings?



Each week a panel of media members, horseplayers, and Breeders’ Cup World Championships officials release a poll tabulating their votes on the nation’s top contenders for the 2021 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Godolphin’s Runhappy Travers Stakes winner Essential Quality closed to within seven votes of stablemate Knicks Go after 10 weeks of the  Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, a weekly poll of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The rankings are determined by each voter ranking their top 10 horses with points assigned on a descending 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The poll launched on June 29 and the final poll results for the current week are below.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for Sept. 1


1. Knicks Go (17 first-place votes)

Owner: Korea Racing Authority

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 stats: 5 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Lukas Classic, Oct. 2 at Churchill Downs

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2. Essential Quality (11 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Luis Saez

2021 stats: 6 starts – 5 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 28 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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3. Maxfield (4 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brendan Walsh

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 stats: 5 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 2nd, Whitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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4. Hot Rod Charlie (0 first-place vote)

Owners: Boat Racing, Gainesway Stable, Roadrunner Racing and William Strauss

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2021 stats: 5 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 2 thirds

Last race: Finished 1st, disqualified to 7th in TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 17 at Monmouth Park

Next race: TBD, possibly the Pennsylvania Derby, Sept. 25 at Parx Racing

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5. Tripoli

Owner: Hronis Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Tiago Pereira

2021 stats: 6 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, TVG Pacific Classic, Aug. 21 at Del Mar

Next race: TBD

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6. Letruska

Owner: St. George Stable

Trainer: Fausto Gutierrez

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 stats: 6 starts – 5 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Personal Ensign Stakes, Aug. 28 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Juddmonte Spinster Stakes, Oct. 10 at Keeneland Race Course

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7. Midnight Bourbon

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen 

Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.

2021 stats: 7 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 2ndRunhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 28 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD, possibly the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Sept. 4 at Saratoga Race Course

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8. Mishriff (2 first-place votes)

Owner: Prince A. A. Faisal

Trainers: John and Thady Gosden

Jockey: David Egan

2021 stats: 5 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Juddmonte International Stakes, Aug. 18 at York Racecourse

Next race: TBD

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9. Silver State

Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

2021 stats: 5 starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rdWhitney Stakes, Aug. 7 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: TBD

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10. Medina Spirit

Owners: Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: John Velazquez

2021 stats: 7 starts – 3 wins – 3 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Shared Belief Stakes, Aug. 29 at Del Mar

Next race: TBD, possibly the Pennsylvania Derby, Sept. 25 at Parx Racing or the Awesome Again Stakes, Oct. 2 at Santa Anita Park

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