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|Bolt d’Oro and Good Magic Top The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings|
Bolt d’Oro, a multiple grade 1 winner, and Good Magic, winner of the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1), have both been assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings, formerly known as the Experimental Free Handicap, for 2017.
The 126 pounds assigned to these two horses is the standard impost for top horses included in the rankings.
Mendelssohn, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, received the third highest weight of all eligible 2-year-old males at 123 pounds.
The highest weighted filly, at 123 pounds, was Caledonia Road, winner of the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).
The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings are a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles.
This year’s list of eligible horses to be weighted included all 2-year-olds of 2017 that started in graded or listed stakes races run in the United States and Canada.
The racing secretaries on the weighting committee were P.J. Campo of the Stronach Group, Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, Steve Lym of Woodbine Entertainment, Martin Panza of The New York Racing Association Inc., and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club.
Out of the eligible 245 males and 215 fillies, a total of 135* males and 119 fillies were assigned weights.
All weight assignments, as well as past performances for those horses, are available within the Resources section of jockeyclub.com.
Bolt d’Oro, by Medaglia d’Oro out of Globe Trot by A.P. Indy, won three of four starts, including the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and the FrontRunner Stakes (G1). He was third in the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Good Magic, by Curlin out of Glinda the Good by Hard Spun, won one of three starts. In addition to winning the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he finished second in the Champagne Stakes (G1).
Caledonia Road, by Quality Road out of Come a Callin by Dixie Union, won two out of three starts. She finished second in the Frizette Stakes (G1) before winning the 14 Hands Winery Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.
Kentucky was the foaling state for Bolt d’Oro and Good Magic, while Caledonia Road was bred in Florida. Kentucky was once again the leading foaling state or province of all weighted horses with 87 males and 73 fillies; Florida and New York were second in males with eight, and Florida was second in fillies with 10. Great Britain and Ireland led foaling countries outside of North America in males with three, and Ireland led fillies with five.
Scat Daddy was the leading sire of weighted males with six, while Malibu Moon was the leading sire of weighted fillies with five.
Following are a few facts about The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings, which were renamed as such in December 2017:
The Jockey Club, founded in 1894 and dedicated to the improvement of Thoroughbred breeding and racing, is the breed registry for North American Thoroughbreds. In fulfillment of its mission, The Jockey Club, directly or through subsidiaries, provides support and leadership on a wide range of important industry initiatives, and it serves the information and technology needs of owners, breeders, media, fans and farms. It is the sole funding source for America’s Best Racing, the broad-based fan development initiative for Thoroughbred racing. You can follow America’s Best Racing at americasbestracing.net. Additional information is available at jockeyclub.com.
*The weighting committee added Therapist to the list of males with a weight of 110 pounds, but he was not in the original list. He won all three of his races last year, including two black-type races that were not listed. Therefore, there are 136 male horses total.