Knicks Go Climbs in World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
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Knicks Go Climbs in World’s Best Racehorse Rankings

Following his victory in the Aug. 7 Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course, Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go  is the top-ranked American trainee in the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, though he still trails three turf runners from Europe.

The latest rankings, issued Aug. 12 by World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, have Adayar , St Mark’s Basilica , and Palace Pier  ahead of Knicks Go with ratings of 127, 127, and 125, respectively. The Brad Cox-trained Knicks Go has a rating of 124, good for a tie in fourth-place with Mishriff  and Nature Strip .

American turf horse Domestic Spending , who heads the Aug. 14 Mr. D. Stakes (G1T) at Arlington International Racecourse, and older dirt horse Mystic Guide  are the only other U.S.-based runners in the top 10. They are part of a group tied in seventh place at 122.

Among 3-year-olds that regularly race on dirt, Essential Quality  is top-ranked in that category, tied for 11th overall with a rating of 121. Life Is Good , training toward a summer return for new trainer Todd Pletcher, is next among U.S. dirt 3-year-olds at 120.

Adayar and St Mark’s Basilica are at the top of the ratings after respective victories in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Qipco Stakes (G1) and Coral-Eclipse Stakes (G1).

The full ratings can be found online.