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Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll

August 28, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Following Saturday’s commanding 7 ½ length victory in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga, Darley Stable’s sensational 3-year-old Bernardini has moved back into first place in the Dodge Classic Division in the latest Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll.

A 3-year-old son of A.P. Indy, trained by Tom Albertrani and ridden by Javier Castellano, Bernardini extended his winning streak Saturday to five races in six career starts, including the Preakness and Jim Dandy Stakes. Bernardini, third in last week’s Classic Division poll, passed the idle 4-year old INVASOR (ARG) and into first place, a position he held previously on July 31 after winning the Jim Dandy. Pacific Classic winner LAVA MAN drops to third in the division. Godolphin Stable’s DISCREET CAT moved into the 10th spot after an impressive allowance race victory at Saratoga last Friday in his first start since winning the United Arab Emirates Derby in Dubai in March.

In other Breeders’ Cup divisional action over the weekend, Ballygallon Stud’s ARAGORN (IRE) maintained his first place hold on the NetJets Mile Division following a 1 ½ length victory in Saturday’s Del Mar Breeders’ Cup Mile on turf. Trained by Neil Drysdale and ridden by Corey Nakatani, Aragorn has won his last three races, including the Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar and the Shoemaker Breeders’ Cup Mile at Hollywood Park.

Paul Saylor’s 5-year-old mare FLEET INDIAN is now in first place in the Emirates Airline Distaff Division following her sixth straight win, a commanding 4 ¼ length score in Friday’s Personal Ensign Handicap at Saratoga for trainer Todd Pletcher. Stewart Madison’s HAPPY TICKET drops to second place in the division.

In her first start since March, Fox Hill Farm’s ROUND POND finished second in Sunday’s Molly Pitcher Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Monmouth Park, and moves into 10th place in the Distaff division for new trainer Michael Matz.

Zabeel Racing International’s 3-year-old HENNY HUGHES rose to second place in the TVG Sprint Division following his convincing 5 ¼ length victory in the seven furlong King’s Bishop at Saratoga on Saturday. Buckram Oak Farm’s SILVER TRAIN, winner of the last year’s TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint, still leads the division.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll is a weekly listing of the top 10 contenders in all eight Breeders’ Cup World Championships races as voted upon by a panel of prominent international journalists and handicappers. The panel will rank active and in-training horses, regardless of geographic location in the following divisions: Emirates Airline Distaff; NetJets Mile; TVG Sprint; Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf; John Deere Turf and Dodge Classic. Polling for Bessemer Trust Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies Divisions will begin in September.

The following are the results of Week #8 voting in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll covering racing performances through August 27. Voting by the panel in the Breeders’ Cup World 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.

1 Bernardini 121
2 Invasor (ARG) 116
3 Lava Man 112
4 Sun King 59
4 Electrocutionist 59
6 David Junior 44
7 Flower Alley 38
8 Suave 33
9 Jazil 22
10 Discreet Cat 18


1 Hurricane Run (IRE) 115
2 Shirocco (Ger) 103
3 The Tin Man 76
4 English Channel 65
5 Cacique (IRE) 60
6 Showing Up 53
7 Electrocutionist 49
8 David Junior 43
9 Dylan Thomas (IRE) 40
10 Sir Percy 19


1 Fleet Indian 116
2 Happy Ticket 108
3 Spun Sugar 100
4 Healthy Addiction 69
5 Pine Island 61
6 Bushfire 55
7 Take D' Tour 42
8 Oonagh Maccool (IRE) 38
9 Balletto (UAE) 26
10 Round Pond 23


1 Silver Train 105
2 Henny Hughes 102
3 Bordonaro 99
4 Siren Lure 82
5 Too Much Bling 78
6 War Front 51
7 Pure as Gold 40
8 Sun King 29
9 Commentator 26
10 Behaving Badly 21


1 Aragorn (IRE) 126
2 Gorella (FR) 92
3 Miesque's Approval 58
4 Araafa 56
5 George Washington 48
6 Artie Schiller 44
7 Showing Up 35
8 Charmo (FR) 31
9 Silent Name (JPN) 29
10 Ad Valorem 25


1 Ouija Board (GB) 127
2 Gorella (FR) 95
3 Film Maker 76
4 Wait a While 75
5 Alexander Goldrun (IRE) 61
6 Honey Ryder 60
7 Alexandrova 60
8 Angara (GB) 47
9 Dance in the Mood (JPN) 15
10 Arravale 14