America’s Best Horses

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation’s top contenders on the Triple Crown trail. Find out the initial 2019 top racehorse rankings below. 

AMERICA’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS as of Jan. 28

1. Game Winner (29 first-place votes)

Owner: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs

Next race: San Felipe Stakes, March 9 at Santa Anita Park


2. Improbable (3 first-place votes)

Owner: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and Starlight Racing

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, Dec. 8 at Los Alamitos

Next race: TBD


3. War of Will

Owner: Gary Barber

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

2019 stats: 1 start, 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Lecomte Stakes, Jan. 19 at Fair Grounds

Next race: Risen Star Stakes, Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds


4. Maximus Mischief

Owner: Cash is King and LC Racing

Trainer: Butch Reid

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Remsen Stakes, Dec. 1 at Aqueduct

Next race: Holy Bull Stakes, Feb. 2 at Gulfstream Park


5. Instagrand

Owner: OXO Equine

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Best Pal Stakes, Aug. 11 at Del Mar

Next race: TBD


6. Knicks Go

Owner: KRA Stud Farm

Trainer: Ben Colebrook

Jockey: Albin Jiminez

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 11th, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD


7. Hidden Scroll

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2018 stats: 1 start, 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, maiden special weight race, Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park

Next race: TBD


7. Signalman

Owner: Tommie Lewis, David Bernsen, and Magdalena Racing

Trainer: Kenny McPeek

Jockey: Brian Hernandez

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, Nov. 24 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Xpressbet.com Fountain of Youth Stakes, March 2 at Gulfstream Park


9. Gunmetal Gray

Owner: Hollendorfer, Pearl Racing, and West Point Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Mike Smith

2019 stats: 1 start, 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Sham Stakes, Jan. 5 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Feb. 2 at Santa Anita Park


10. Mind Control

Owner: Red Oak Stable and Madaket Stables

Trainer: Gregory Sacco

Jockey: John Velazquez

2019 stats: 1 start, 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Jerome Stakes, Jan. 1 at Aqueduct

Next race: Gotham Stakes, March 9 at Aqueduct