LEXINGTON, Ky. (July 9, 2019) — Centennial Farms’ 6-year-old Preservationist (247 votes), runaway winner of Saturday’s Suburban Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park, has jumped to No. 3 in the latest Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings poll, while Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s 4-year-old McKinzie (247 votes) keeps the No. 1 position, followed by Godolphin’s 5-year-old two-time Dubai World Cup (G1) winner Thunder Snow (212 votes) in second location.
Founded by Jimmy Jerkens, Preservationist, a Kentucky bred son of Arch out of Flying Dixie by Dixieland Band, won the Suburban by 4 1/2 spans under Junior Alvarado, completing the 1 1/4 miles in 1:59.99 over Robert LaPenta, Madaket Stables, Siena Farm and Twin Creeks Racing Stables’ 4-year-old Catholic Boy (96 votes), who dropped from third to sixth position in the Classic Rankings. In notching his first graded stakes triumph in his first attempt, preservationist, beating bodily ailments in his profession, was making just his eighth career start.
Charles Fipke’s 6-year-old homebred Hunting the Soul (146) votes), winner of the Stephen Foster (G2) and Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable’s 4-year-old Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) winner Vino Rosso (146 votes), are tied in fourth location.
Hronis Racing’s 6-year-old Santa Anita Handicap (G1) winner Gift Box (96 votes) is in seventh position, followed by Fox Hill Farms’ 3-year-old Omaha Beach (70 votes), winner of the Arkansas Derby (G1).
Salomon Del Valle’s 5-year-old Gunnevera (50 votes), runner-up in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), is tied in ninth place with Hronis Racing’s 5-year-old Catalina Cruiser (50 votes). Both Present Box and Catalina Cruiser are trained by John Sadler.
Rankings-topper McKinzie, trained by Bob Baffert, who trained Breeders’ Cup Classic winners Bayern, American Pharoah and Arrogate breezed five furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:01. McKinzie is likely to start next in the $1 million, 1??1/8-mile Whitney (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 3, a”Grow and You Are In” for the Classic, which is televised live on NBCSN as Part of this”Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Win and You Are In — Inspired by America’s Best Racing.”
The Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, a weekly evaluation of the top 10 horses in contention for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Park, Nov. 2, are decided by a panel of top Thoroughbred racing media, horseplayers and members of the Breeders’ Cup Racing Directors/Secretaries Panel. Rankings are declared each week through Oct. 15 and can be located on the Breeders’ Cup site along with the record of voting members.
In the Breeders’ Cup Classic Rankings, horses are ranked by each voter by assigning their votes in descending order.About Breeders’ Cup
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