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World Thoroughbred Championships Poll

September 12, 2005     E-mail this page to a friend!


The following are the results of Week #10 voting in the World Thoroughbred Championships Poll covering racing performances through September 11.

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.’s SAINT LIAM increased his lead in the Dodge Classic Division in the latest World Thoroughbred Championships Poll, following his dominant victory in Saturday’s 1 1/8 mile Woodward Stakes at Belmont Park. The 5-year-old Saint Liam, trained by Richard Dutrow, Jr., received 108 out of a possible 110 votes from the panel of international journalists and handicappers. Tracy Farmer’s COMMENTATOR, who defeated Saint Liam last time out in the Whitney Handicap, finished third in the Woodward, and was dropped from second to fifth place in the poll.  Eugene Melnyk’s Travers Stakes winner FLOWER ALLEY is now second in the division.
Arlington Million winner POWERSCOURT (GB) is now in first place in the John Deere Turf Division following the defeat of previous No. 1 AZAMOUR (IRE) in the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday. Susan and John Magnier’s ORATORIO (IRE) won the 1 ? mile Irish Champion Stakes by a half-length over English Derby winner MOTIVATOR (GB). Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the 3-year-old Oratorio moves into fifth place in the standings, one spot behind Motivator. H H The Aga Khan’s Azamour, finished fifth as the race favorite in Ireland, and falls to seventh in the division.
In France on Sunday, Gestut Ammerland’s 3-year-old HURRICANE RUN (IRE), the Irish Derby winner, advances to third place in the John Deere Turf Division for trainer Andre Fabre after capturing Sunday’s Prix Niel at Longchamp, a prep for the Prix l’Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 2. At Belmont Park on Saturday, Bushwood Stable’s BETTER TALK NOW, the defending John Deere Turf champion, won the Man o’War Stakes by a neck over Gary Tanaka’s KING’S DRAMA (IRE). Trained by Graham Motion, Better Talk Now rises to sixth place in the division. 
The Aga Khan’s 3-year-old filly SHAWANDA (IRE) won Sunday’s Prix Vermeille at Longchamp, and moves into second place in the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf Division behind Michael’s Bello’s MEGAHERTZ (GB).
Voting by the panel in the World Thoroughbred Championships Poll is calculated on a on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Total points earned are listed for each horse. Voting will continue weekly through October 10. The panel, comprised of prominent international journalists and handicappers, will rank active and in-training horses, regardless of geographic location.
World Thoroughbred Championships Poll panelists will vote each week on the Top 10 contenders in the following divisions: Emirates Airline Distaff; NetJets Mile; TVG Sprint; Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf; John Deere Turf and Dodge Classic. Polling for the Alberto VO5 Juvenile Fillies and Bessemer Trust Juvenile Divisions will begin September 19. 
September 12, 2005
Horse Points
1 Saint Liam 108
2 Flower Alley 82
3 Rock Hard Ten 81
4 Bellamy Road 55
5 Perfect Drift 54
6 Commentator 50
7 Borrego 41
8 Lava Man 31
9 Roman Ruler 24
10 Afleet Alex 23

1 Powerscourt (GB) 82
2 Kitten's Joy 75
3 Hurricane Run (IRE) 65
4 Motivator (GB) 63
5 Oratorio (IRE) 60
6 Better Talk Now 53
7 Azamour (IRE) 50
8 Scorpion (IRE) 35
9 King's Drama (IRE) 21
10 Shawanda (IRE) 17
1 Ashado 101
2 Stellar Jayne 89
3 Society Selection 69
4 Sweet Symphony 61
5 Smuggler 43
6 Two Trail Sioux 33
7 Shadow Cast 32
8 Island Sand 31
9 In the Gold 25
10 Dream of Summer 20
1 Lost in the Fog 108
2 Woke Up Dreamin 95
3 Pomeroy 77
4 Battle Won 57
5 Greg's Gold 53
6 Commentator 33
7 Mass Media 24
8 Unfurl the Flag 23
9 Don Six 19
10 Wildcat Heir 18

1 Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) 104
2 Dubawi (IRE) 96
3 Artie Schiller 84
4 Rakti (GB) 70
5 Soviet Song (IRE) 38
6 Singletary 33
7 Proclamation (IRE) 31
8 Valixir (IRE) 30
9 Starcraft (NZ) 22
10 Three Valleys 15

1 Megahertz (GB) 93
2 Shawanda (IRE) 76
3 Angara (GB) 70
4 Ouija Board (GB) 57
5 Melhor Ainda 50
6 Sand Springs 46
7 Alexander Goldrun (IRE) 31
8 Intercontinental (GB) 29
9 Wonder Again 26
10 Wend 25

The panel of voters in the World Thoroughbred Championships Poll are: John Avello, Director of Race and Sports Book Operations, Wynn Las Vegas; Simon Clare, Coral Racing (U.K); David Gutfreund, Racing Commentator and handicapper; Brad Free, Writer and Columnist, Daily Racing Form; David Hood, William Hill Sports Book (U.K); Tom Law; News Editor, Thoroughbred Times; Dan Liebman, Executive Editor, The Blood-Horse; Jim Mazur, author and handicapper; Ellis Starr, National Handicapper, Equibase; Tom Quigley, Publisher, Horseplayer magazine and Mike Watchmaker, National Handicapper, Daily Racing Form.
The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of horseracing interests, including the American Quarter Horse Association, charged with increasing popularity of horseracing and improving economic conditions for industry participants. The NTRA and Breeders’ Cup Limited administer the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing’s year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $14 million in purses and awards and the Breeders’ Cup Stakes Program. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site,