A battle for the ages in the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes saw the winning Enable make a significant jump in the August 2019 edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings to a rating of 126.
The rating was a three-point improvement that vaulted Enable to the second spot behind top-ranked Crystal Ocean, the five-year-old Enable defeated in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth thriller.
Crystal Ocean was giving Enable 1.5kg in the Ascot thriller.
Waldgeist, who finished third behind the pair at Ascot, improved his rating from 122 to 124 and finds himself in joint sixth position.
The latest rankings reveal Stradivarius put up a career-best performance when extending his winning sequence to eight in the Goodwood Cup last week. The superstar stayer improved his rating to 121.
Ten Sovereigns, who won the July Cup in impressive fashion last month, is the highest-rated European sprinter still in training with a mark of 122. Blue Point has a rating of 124 but was retired after his Royal Ascot exploits.
City Of Light, who retired to stud after victory in the Pegasus World Cup, remains the leading dirt horse with a rating of 125 but the Bob Baffert-trained McKinzie is closing in on that title. He was a comfortable winner of the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga last weekend, raising his rating from 121 to 123.
Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes victor City Of Light moves down a spot to the third position on a rating of 125 after sitting first or second for the first seven months of the year. Rating as the best US-based horse, the retired City Of Light is tied with recently retired Australian superstar Winx and recently crowned Hong Kong champion Beauty Generation on a rating they’ve held since the first rankings of the year came out in March.
Grade 1 Whitney Stakes winner McKinzie’s victory last weekend came just in time to see a jump on this list with his rating moving from 121 to 123 to tie him for ninth place as the second-highest US-based horse.
Two-time Grade 1 Dubai World Cup winner Thunder Snow rounds out the top 15 with a rating of 121 to tie him with three other horses.
Seventeen horses are tied with a rating of 120, including double July winner Do It Again, trained by Justin Snaith.
Also on 120 is Maximum Security who was infamously disqualified after winning the Kentucky Derby. – racingpost.com, americasbestracing.net