Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for July 23

Each week a 36-member 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 2019 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 is released each week to gauge rising and falling contenders leading up to the Breeders’ Cup Classic, scheduled for Nov. 2.

Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings for July 23


1. McKinzie

Owners: Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2019 stats: 4 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, June 8 at Belmont Park

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3 at Saratoga Race Course


2. Thunder Snow

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Saeed bin Suroor

Jockey: Christophe Soumillon

2019 stats: 3 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Runhappy Metropolitan Handicap, June 8 at Belmont Park

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3 at Saratoga Race Course


3. Preservationist

Owners: Centennial Farms

Trainer: Jimmy Jerkens

Jockey: Junior Alvarado

2019 stats: 4 starts, 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Suburban Stakes, July 6 at Belmont Park

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3 at Saratoga Race Course


4. Seeking the Soul

Owner: Charles Fipke

Trainer: Dallas Stewart

Jockey: John Velazquez

2019 stats: 4 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 15 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TVG Pacific Classic, Aug. 17 at Del Mar


5. Vino Rosso 

Owners: Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

2019 stats: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Gold Cup at Santa Anita, May 27 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Whitney Stakes, Aug. 3 at Saratoga Race Course


6. Catholic Boy

Owners: Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing

Trainer: Jonathan Thomas

Jockey: Javier Castellano

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

Last race: 2nd, Suburban Stakes, July 6 at Belmont Park

Next race:Woodward Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, Aug. 31 at Saratoga Race Course


7. Maximum Security

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Jason Servis

Jockey: Luis Saez

2019 stats: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, TVG.com Haskell Invitational Stakes, July 20 at Monmouth Park

Next race: Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course


8. Gift Box 

Owner: Hronis Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 4th, Stephen Foster Stakes, June 15 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD


9. Catalina Cruiser

Owner: Hronis Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 2 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, San Diego Handicap, July 20 at Del Mar

Next race: TBD 


10. Game Winner

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 4 starts, 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Los Alamitos Derby, July 13 at Los Alamitos

Next race: Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 24 at Saratoga Race Course