Racing Dudes divisional ranking 12/30/21: the end of year rankings are available

Welcome to the 2021 divisional ranking! Each week, we rank America’s best thoroughbred horses according to their divisions. This is the final list of the season! Let’s take a look at the rankings, including my last vote in the 2021 NTRA Top 10 poll.

General classification

Here is my general ranking as seen in the last one NTRA Top 10 survey this week. The poll ranks the best thoroughbred horses based on the fact that the horse of the year vote took place right now. Here’s what my last Top 10 survey looked like:

  1. Knicks go
  2. Essential quality
  3. Medina spirit
  4. Life is Beautiful
  5. Letruska
  6. Hot Rod Charlie
  7. golden buddy
  8. Jackie’s warrior
  9. Dr Schivel
  10. Ginobili

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Older men

1. Knicks Go – He left no doubt with a dominant victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

2. Maxfield – He emerged victorious after an impressive victory in the Clark Stakes (G1).

3. Ginobili – This one might be overkill, but he performed very well in the second half of the season and finished solid second in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), while all the other older cocks struggled. this week-end.

4. Maximum player – It was a good year for him; however, he did not compete in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

5. Art collector – He was just outclassed a bit in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) but still had a great year for new trainer Bill Mott

Sleeper: Domestic expenses – A lack of pace really hurt him in his recent loss at Arlington Park in the Mister D. Stakes (G1) and he was an unfortunate late scratch from the Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1), but we’ll see this gelding again. next year.

Older women

1. Letruska – The frenetic pace of the distaff (G1) Breeders’ Cup cooked her; however, she still had an amazing year. She’s your older champion.

2. This This – Quietly, she had a good year, crowned by a surprise in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).

3. Monomoy girl – She retired after suffering a minor injury during training.

4. Kid – The great horse of the women’s sprint division suffered his first defeat of the year in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).

5. Shedaresthedevil – She’s been solid all year but was baked by a breakneck pace at Del Mar, losing any chance of winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Purchased for $ 5 million from Keeneland shortly thereafter, it would return to Brad Cox for a 2022 campaign.

Traverse: Dunbar Road – Wow… how did she lose the Breeders’ Cup (G1) stopper rod ?! She looked like a winner when they crossed the thread but lost the photo.

3 year old males

1. Essential quality – He finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), but his campaign could earn him a deserving 3-year-old man of the year award.

2. Medina Spirit – RIP to a horse who deserved better and who showed nothing but heart throughout the year, including one last time in his effort as a Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) finalist.

3. Life is good – His accomplishments are lower than those of the top two horses, but in terms of talent he is the best 3-year-old in the country.

4. Flight line – There is no doubt that this horse is a monster, perhaps the most talented horse in training. I hope we can see him a lot more in 2022 and he can become the best horse.

5. The Golden Buddy – His breathtaking Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) victory earned him a spot on the list.

Sleeper: Hot Rod Charlie – He had a great year, but failed to win many close rankings, which ultimately cost him dearly.

3 year old females

1. Malathaat – There is no doubt that she is the 3 year old filly of the year; However, she had every chance of winning the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) and was unable to do so.

2. Glade – She was an honest horse throughout the season, but just couldn’t rack up enough wins to be No.1 on this list.

3. Bella Sofía – His year was solid; however, she flopped in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1).

4. search results – Her performance in the Test Stakes (G1) was just average and she is now out for the rest of the year.

5. Kalypso – This horse showed what she is capable of in a major way with her victory at the La Brea Stakes (G1).

Sleeper: Army Woman – His first try against older horses did not go well; however, she still had a great 2021 season.


1. Jackie’s Warrior – A complete misfire in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) could cost him an Eclipse Award, but we’re leaving him in first place for now.

2. Flight line – You can’t put him # 1 after just three races and a single bet, but he’s by far the most talented horse in the division.

3. Aloha West – It will be interesting to see what voters do with this horse. Her resume is not flashy; however, he won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) championship in impressive fashion.

4. After the sea – He ran well again to finish second in the Cigar Mile (G1), a little too long for him.

5. Yaupon – Unfortunately, he was injured during training in Santa Anita and retired.

Sleeper: Dr Schivel – The Malibu Stakes (G1) were a no-effort for him; however, he still had a solid 2021.

2 year old males

1. Cornice – He left no doubt with a dominant victory in the Juvenile Breeders’ Cup (G1).

2. Jack Christophe – Sadly, he had to withdraw from the Juvenile, so we really don’t know how good he is yet.

3. Happy smile – He had an impressive 2 for 2 with a nice win in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.

4. Mo Donegal – His victory in the Remsen Stakes (G2) was enough to put him on the radar before 2022.

5. Slow down Andy – He had a nice surprise in the Los Alamitos Futurity (G2).

Sleeper: Epicenter He’s looking great in his last 2 starts, including a clear victory in the Gun Runner Stakes.

2-year-old females

1. Zulu Echo – He is the top horse in this one-mile division after a stunning victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1).

2. Pizza Bianca – A masterful ride and a closing kick earned him an impressive victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1).

3. Juju’s card – She was well in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) but was not up to Echo Zulu.

4. It’s not easy – A setback caused him to miss a start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Pouliches (G1).

5. Nest – Her victory in Demoiselle Stakes (G2) was a bit slow; However, she has the connections to make you believe that she can improve herself.

Sleeper: Dream Lith – After 2 mediocre efforts in stakes, she bounced back with a victory in the Golden Rod Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs.

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