Racing Dudes Divisional Rankings

Wise Dan Looks Like He'll Win Horse of the Year Once Again

Wise Dan Looks Like He’ll Win Horse of the Year Once Again

Older Males

1. Wise Dan – All the big races are now over, and for the second year in a row Wise Dan looks like he’ll be Horse of the Year.

2. Mucho Macho Man – The Classic winner will have a shot at Older Male of the Year, but didn’t quite do enough to win Horse of the Year.

3. Game On Dude – Ran pretty well in the Clark…will look for another big year in 2014.

4. Cross Traffic – It’s too bad he got injured as I think he was on his way to huge things.

5. Fort Larned – What a strange year for the 2012 Classic winner.  Still ran well in this years version.

Sleeper: Declaration of War – He’s plenty good, but will we see him back in America once again?

Older Females

1. Royal Delta – She wins this by default, but the champ is probably done.  The division was a bit weak this year, but the infusion of good three-year olds will boost it next year.

2. Tiz Miz Sue – Absolutely sickening that she had to be retired.  Was running better than ever.

3. Authenticity – Solid run in the Distaff, but never really threatened to win.

4. Joyful Victory – Never was quite good enough to beat the top-notch horses, but still a solid horse.

5. On Fire Baby – Still have hopes that she’ll come back firing

Sleeper: My Miss Aurelia – Has been transferred to Todd Pletcher.  Interesting move, will it pay off?

3 Year Old Males

1. Will Take Charge – No doubt about it now!  Will Take Charge is your Three Year Old Horse of the Year.

2. Palace Malice – He sort of fell off towards the end of this season, but still was respectable.  Could be a nice colt at age four.

3. Orb – Never could recapture his Kentucky Derby form.

4. Oxbow – The injury knocked him down a little, but he had a great first half of the year.

5. Goldencents – Bounced all the way back to California in the Cigar Mile.  Still a nice prospect.

Sleeper: Normandy Invasion – Lets see if this colt comes back running at age 4…

3 Year Old Females

1. Beholder – She won the Distaff which evened the score with Princess of Sylmar

2. Princess of Sylmar – Absolutely hate ranking her second, but I think you have to do so.

3. Close Hatches – Her late season heroics are enough to move her up the third.

4.  Midnight Lucky – Unfortunately she will miss the rest of the year, which will cause her to drop some.

5. Fiftyshadesofhay – Respectable horse, but a cut below this groups best.

Sleeper: Dreaming of Julia – What ever happened to her??

Sprinters

1. Secret Circle – Super impressive in his huge comeback!  Tops a weak division.

2.  Groupie Doll – Pretty nice effort in the Cigar Mile even though she finished fourth.  Would have ranked first if she had one.

3.  Justin Phillip – Was nothing but solid this year.  The old pro retires with nothing to be ashamed about.

4. Points Offthebench – Such a sad story, but he was so good this year.

5. Gentleman’s Bet – Ran hard in every race, and always finished respectable.

Sleeper: Sahara Sky – Looked to be a monster before the injury.

2 Year Old Males

1. New Year’s Day – I wasn’t blown away by anyone over the weekend, so I think New Year’s Day has the top spot for now.

2. Havana – Thought he was best in the Juvenile.

3. Honor Code – With the terribly slow pace it was hard to tell much from the Remsen.  Did enough to warrant respect, but not the top spot.

4. Strong Mandate – Tough post killed him in the Juvenile.  Will freshen up for a big three-year old campaign at Oaklawn.

5. Cairo Prince – Definitely thought he had the Remsen won, but was out-gamed by Honor Code.

Sleeper: Gold Hawk – Was really impressed with this one’s debut!  Could be an up and coming star.

2 Year Old Females

1. She’s A Tiger – Think she’s distance challenged, but has accomplished a lot.

2. Sweet Reason – Always seems to have an excuse, but has been right there in every race.

3. Ria Antonia – Not sold on her yet, needed a DQ to win the Juvenile fillies.

4. Rosalind – Thought she was best in the Juvenile Fillies…

5. Stopchargingmaria – Wins yet again!  Even though nobody has been overly impressed by her, wins are all that matters.

Sleeper: Unbridled Forever – I’ll buy the hype for now…

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