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NTRA Ratings...By Jim Gluckson

June 23, 2003


Top 10 Rankings to Include International Runners in Each Championship Division

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) and Breeders. Cup Limited today announced the first set of 2003 World Thoroughbred Rankings for six of the eight racing divisions that comprise the Breeders. Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. Initial rankings, from race results through June 20, reflect the Distaff, Filly & Mare Turf, NetJets Mile, John Deere Turf, Sprint and the Classic . Powered by Dodge divisions (see attached). The Bessemer Trust Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies divisional rankings will commence in late summer.

An international panel of racing officials will produce weekly rankings for the world.s top 10 Thoroughbred runners in each division through October 7. Rankings are determined by analysis of the horses. performances in select graded and group stakes races from around the world and are used to help determine starting positions in the Breeders. Cup. Only horses that have made at least one start this year will be considered for rankings.

MOON BALLAD (IRE), winner of the Dubai World Cup, leads the Classic Division . Powered by Dodge. Owned by Godolphin Racing and trained by Saeed bin Suroor, the four-year-old Moon Ballad has been assigned a top rating of 125.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner FUNNY CIDE, Belmont Stakes winner EMPIRE MAKER and Oaklawn Handicap winner MEDAGLIA D.ORO follow, each receiving a 123 rating.

MINESHAFT, winner of the Pimlico Special, TEN MOST WANTED, second in the Belmont Stakes, and CONGAREE, winner of the San Antonio Stakes, are bracketed at 121.

Toyota Blue Grass Stakes winner PEACE RULES is slotted in eighth place, followed by a ninth-place tie between last year.s Breeders. Cup Classic winner VOLPONI and 2003 Donn Handicap winner HARLAN.S HOLIDAY.

Reigning Horse of the Year AZERI leads the Distaff Division at 123. The five-year-old mare, owned by Allen E. Paulson Living Trust and trained by Laura de Seroux, won last year.s Breeders. Cup Distaff and is unbeaten in three starts this year. Azeri is followed by three fillies rated at 117: four-year-old TAKE CHARGE LADY, runner up to Azeri in Oaklawn.s Apple Blossom Handicap, and three-year-olds BIRD TOWN, winner of the Kentucky Oaks, and ELLOLUV, who won the Santa Ynez Stakes at Santa Anita Park.

The versatile five-year-old Congaree, owned by Stonerside Stable and trained by Bob Baffert, shares the Sprint Division leadership with the four-year-old Australian speedster CHOISIR (AUS), who stunned Royal Ascot with victories in both the King.s Stand Stakes and the group 1 Golden Jubilee, just four days apart. Both Congaree and Choisir are rated at 121.

Other winners from the Royal Ascot meet dominate the top spots in the turf divisions:

NAYEF, winner of the Prince of Wales.s Stakes last Wednesday, and Dubai Sheema Classic winner SULAMANI (IRE), lead the John Deere Turf Division; DUBAI DESTINATION, who captured the Queen Anne Stakes last Tuesday at Royal Ascot, heads the NetJets Mile Division. Defending NetJets Breeders. Cup Mile champion DOMEDRIVER (IRE) is rated fifth in this division along with English 2000 Guineas winner REFUSE TO BEND (IRE). RUSSIAN RHYTHM, winner of the 1000 Guineas and of last Friday.s Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot, tops the Filly & Mare Turf ranks.

The World Thoroughbred Rankings racing panel includes Frank Gabriel, executive vice president of racing and racing secretary for Arlington Park; Nigel Gray, senior handicapper for The Jockey Club (England); Mike Lakow, racing secretary for the New York Racing Association; Garry O.Gorman, senior handicapper for the Irish Turf Club; Tom Robbins, director of racing for the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and Gerald Sauque, senior handicapper for France Galop.

.The weekly World Thoroughbred Rankings give racing fans an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the top international horses headed for the Breeders. Cup,. said D.G. Van Clief, Jr., president of Breeders. Cup Limited. .The more information we can provide our fans about these horses, the more attractive we can make the Breeders. Cup, both as a spectator event and as a pari-mutuel wagering event..

This year.s Breeders. Cup will be held during the Oak Tree Meeting at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on October 25.

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 Thoroughbred Championships, Thoroughbred racing.s year-end Championships consisting of eight races and $14 million in purses and awards, the Breeders. Cup Stakes Program and the Great State Challenge. The NTRA has offices in Lexington, Ky., and New York City. NTRA press releases appear on the NTRA Web site,


CLASSIC DIVISION, Powered by Dodge

Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Moon Ballad(IRE)GB Saeed bin Suroor125

2 Empire Maker USA Robert Frankel 123

2T Funny Cide USA Barclay Tagg 123

2T Medaglia d`Oro USA Robert Frankel 123

5 Mineshaft USA Neil J. Howard 121

5T Ten Most Wanted USA Wallace Dollase 121

5T Congaree USA Bob Baffert 121

8 Peace Rules USA Robert Frankel 120

9 Volponi USA Philip G. Johnson 117

9T Harlan`s Holiday USA Todd A. Pletcher 117 JOHN DEERE TURF DIVISION

Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Nayef GB Marcus Tregoning 125

1T Sulamani(IRE) GB Saeed bin Suroor 125

3 Dalakhani (IRE) FR Alain Royer Dupre 123

4 Kris Kin GB Sir Michael Stoute 122 4T Ange Gabriel FR Eric Libaud 122

6 Storming Home USA Neil D. Drysdale 121

6T Rakti (GB) GB Michael Andrew Jarvis 121

8 Alamshar (IRE) IRE John M. Oxx 120

8T The Great Gatsby IRE Aidan P. O`Brien 120

8T Black Sam Bellamy IRE Aidan P. O`Brien 120 DISTAFF DIVISION

Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Azeri USA Laura De Seroux 123

2 Bird Town USA Nicholas P. Zito 117

2T Elloluv USA Craig Dollase 117

2T Take Charge LadyUSA Kenneth G. McPeek 117

5 Lady Tak USA Steven M. Asmussen 115

5T Got Koko USA Bruce Headley 115

5T Wild Spirit (CHI)USA Robert Frankel 115

8 Summer Colony USA Mark A. Hennig 114

9 You USA Robert Frankel 113

9T Smok`n Frolic USA Todd A. Pletcher 113 NET JETS MILE DIVISION

Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Dubai Destination GB Saeed bin Suroor 125

2 Zafeen (FR) GB Mick Channon 124

3 Kalaman (IRE) GB Sir Michael Stoute 122

4 Indian Haven (GB) GB Paul D`Arcy 121

5 Domedriver (IRE) FR Pascal Bary 119

5T Refuse to Bend (IRE) IRE Dermot K. Weld 119

7 Redattore (BRZ) USA Richard E. Mandella 118

8 Tillerman (GB) GB Amanda Perrett 117

9 Special Ring USA Julio C. Canani 116

10 Senor Swinger USA Bob Baffert 115


Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Congaree USA Bob Baffert 121

1T Choisir (AUS) AUS Paul Perry 121

3 Airwave (GB) GB Henry Candy 118

4 Aldebaran USA Robert Frankel 117

5 Avanzado (ARG) USA Doug O`Neill 115

6 Posse USA Steven M. Asmussen 114

7 Midas Eyes USA Robert Frankel 113

7T Kona Gold USA Bruce Headley 113

9 My Cousin Matt USA Scott A. Lake 112

9T Carson Hollow USA Richard E. Dutrow, Jr. 112

9 Shake You Down USA Scott A. Lake 112


Country Rank* Name of Horse** Based Trainer Rating

1 Russian Rhythm GB Sir Michael Stoute 120

2 Tates Creek USA Robert Frankel 119

3 Ipi Tombe (ZIM) USA Elliott Walden 118

3T Aquarelliste(FR) FR Elie Lellouche 118

5 Dublino USA Laura De Seroux 117

5T Six Perfections (FR) FR Pascal Bary 117

5T Yesterday (IRE) IRE Aidan P. O`Brien 117

5T Soviet Song (IRE) GB James Fanshawe 117

9 Nebraska Tornado FR Andre Fabre 116

9T Islington (IRE) GB Sir Michael Stoute 116

9T Bright Sky (IRE) FR Elie Lellouche 116

*(T) next to a ranking indicates a tie. **A country code follows a horse`s name if that horse was born outside of the United States and Canada.

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