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Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll

October 16, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Darley Stable’s 3-year-old BERNARDINI finished first in the Dodge Classic Division of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll in final voting by the select panel of journalists and handicappers prior to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on November 4 at Churchill Downs.

Bernardini, the likely favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge - has won the Preakness Stakes, Jim Dandy, Travers and Jockey Club Gold Cup this year. STD Racing and Jason Wood’s 5-year-old gelding LAVA MAN, undefeated in seven starts this year, finished second in the Classic Division for trainer Doug O’Neill.

Juddmonte Farms’ CACIQUE (IRE) edged out James Scatuorchio’s 4-year-old ENGLISH CHANNEL by one point in the John Deere Turf Division. The 5-year-old Cacique, trained by Bobby Frankel, won both the Manhattan Handicap and the Man o’War this year. English Channel, trained by Todd Pletcher, won both the United Nations Handicap and the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic.

Ballygallon Stud’s ARAGORN (IRE) was voted No. 1 in the NetJets Mile Division. The 4-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway has won his last four races on the West Coast, including the Shoemaker Breeders’ Cup Mile for trainer Neil Drysdale. Aragorn finished ahead of Martin Schwartz’s 4-year-old filly GORELLA (FR), who won Saturday’s Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

Lord Derby’s OUIJA BOARD (GB) led the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf Division over Arindel Farm’s 3-year-old filly WAIT A WHILE. The 5-year-old Ouija Board, who captured the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, won the Prince of Wales’s Stakes over male rivals in June. Wait a While has won four consecutive races for trainer Todd Pletcher, most recently the Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita.

Another runner from the Pletcher barn, Paul Saylor’s five year-old mare FLEET INDIAN, finished No. 1 in the Emirates Airline Distaff Division. Fleet Indian has won all six of her starts this year, including last week’s Beldame at Belmont Park.

J. Paul Reddam owns the top finishers in both the Bessemer Trust Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies Divisions. Reddam’s 2-year-old colt GREAT HUNTER, who won last week’s Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity, finished first in the Bessemer Trust Juvenile Division for trainer Doug O’Neill. Reddam’s 2-year-old filly CASH INCLUDED, winner of the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita, finished atop the Juvenile Fillies Division for trainer Craig Dollase.

Zabeel Racing International’s 3-year-old HENNY HUGHES, winner of the Vosburgh and King’s Bishop Stakes, was voted No. 1 in the TVG Sprint Division over Fred Carrillo and Daniel Cassella’s 5-year-old gelding BORDONARO, winner of the Ancient Title Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita.
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 ranked 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, Dodge Classic, Bessemer Trust Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies.

The following are the results of Week #15 voting in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll covering racing performances through October 15. 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 138
2 Lava Man 123
3 Invasor (ARG) 107
4 Sun King 68
5 Discreet Cat 59
6 David Junior 50
7 Strong Contender 43
8 George Washington (IRE) 30
9 Perfect Drift 22
10 Brother Derek 21


1 Cacique (IRE) 116
2 English Channel 115
3 The Tin Man 99
4 Shirocco (Ger) 91
5 Hurricane Run (IRE) 70
6 T.H. Approval 40
7 David Junior 39
8 Go Deputy 38
9 Better Talk Now 31
10 Showing Up 23


1 Fleet Indian 134
2 Pine Island 109
3 Balletto (UAE) 93
4 Healthy Addiction 87
5 Happy Ticket 67
6 Spun Sugar 58
7 Pool Land 57
8 Asi Siempre 55
9 Round Pond 28
10 Bushfire 22


1 Henny Hughes 134
2 Bordonaro 121
3 Siren Lure 92
4 Too Much Bling 77
5 Pomeroy 73
6 War Front 56
7 Silver Train 32
8 Dubai Escapade 27
9 Kelly's Landing 24
10 Discreet Cat 18


1 Aragorn (IRE) 129
2 Gorella (FR) 110
3 George Washington (IRE) 103
4 Araafa 92
5 Librettist 69
6 Aussie Rules 60
7 Miesque's Approval 40
8 Ad Valorem 32
9 Ashkal Way 17
10 Showing Up 15


1 Ouija Board (GB) 133
2 Wait a While 122
3 Gorella (FR) 103
4 Honey Ryder 89
5 Film Maker 75
6 Alexander Goldrun (IRE) 39
7 Angara (GB) 31
7 Pride (FR) 31
9 Vacare 28
10 Germance (USA) 18


1 Great Hunter 122
2 Circular Quay 114
3 Scat Daddy 109
4 Principle Secret 80
5 Nobiz Like Shobiz 75
6 Stormello 69
7 King of the Roxy 63
8 Horse Greeley 25
9 Officer Rocket 22
10 C P West 15

1 Cash Included 133
2 Point Ashley 104
2 Dreaming of Anna 104
4 Untouched Talent 84
5 Appealing Zophie 56
6 Bel Air Beauty 54
7 Cotton Blossom 43
8 Sutra 40
9 Octave 39
10 Meadow Breeze 17

The panelists for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Poll are: John Avello, Director of Race and Sports Book Operations, Wynn Las Vegas; Simon Clare, Coral Racing (U.K); David Gutfreund, Racing World TV Analyst; Fred Faour, Sports Editor, Houston Chronicle; Brad Free, Writer and Columnist, Daily Racing Form; Dick Jerardi, Writer and Columnist, Philadelphia Daily News; David Hood, William Hill Sports Book (U.K); Tom Law; Managing Editor, Thoroughbred Times; Dan Liebman, Executive Editor, The Blood-Horse; Jim Mazur, Progressive Handicapping; Randy Moss, Racing Analyst, ESPN ; Ellis Starr, National Handicapper, Equibase; Tom Quigley, Publisher, Horseplayer Magazine; Fanny Hubart-Salmon, Commentator, Equidia (France) and Mike Watchmaker, National Handicapper, Daily Racing Form. Ken Kirchner, NTRA Senior Vice President of Product Development, coordinates the panel roster and voting.

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 also administer the Breeders' Cup World Championships, Thoroughbred racing's year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $20 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,