White Abarrio, pictured above winning the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park, is the top-rated dirt horse in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2023.
White Abarrio improved his rating from a 122 to a 123 in the ninth edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings for 2023, and the 4-year-old Race Day colt is currently rated as the top dirt horse in the rankings after a win in the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park.
White Abarrio seized command in the stretch of the Classic and held off UAE Derby Sponsored by Atlantis The Royal winner Derma Sotogake by a length for his second straight Grade 1 win. He entered the Longines Classic off a 6 ¼-length romp in the $1 million Whitney Stakes Aug. 5 at Saratoga.
Next on the list of top-rated dirt racehorses is Cody’s Wish at 122 after a repeat win in the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, also Nov. 4 at Santa Anita Park. Cody’s Wish is tied at 122 with Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline winner Ushba Tesoro, who rallied for fifth in the Longines Classic after a poor start.
Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets and Travers Stakes winner Arcangelo, the aforementioned Derma Sotogake, and Pegasus World Cup Invitational Stakes winner Art Collector, who was euthanized in August due to laminitis, rank in the next group of dirt horses with a 121 rating. Qatar Racing Breeders’ Cup Sprint repeat winner Elite Power checked in among a group of three dirt runners next with a 120 rating.
The Breeders’ Cup World Championships did not vastly alter the landscape of the overall Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.
Equinox is still top of the list, one point ahead of Arc winner Ace Impact and Juddmonte International winner Mostahdaf.