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Pattern Racing World Championships 2015 – Part 1

After 312 Group/Grade 1’s we can announce this years winners in the Pattern Racing World Championships.

We have 6 categories now, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Sire, Owner and Breeder.

Below are the top 5 in each category.

Remember – For a G1 placing You get 10 points for win, 7 for second and 5 for third.

1. Pattern Racing World Championship Category – Horse

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American Pharoah the Grand Slam winner is the Pattern Racing World Champion.

Place Horse Points Won
1  American Pharoah (USA) 67
2  Golden Horn 54
3  Solow 50
4  Criterion (NZ) 49
5  Flintshire 43

2015 was a vintage year with the first four home beating the winning score of 47 set in 2013 by Wise Dan and Beholder jointly and matched in 2014 by Kingman.

American Pharoah won 6 G1’s this year.

He added to his two Grade 1 juvenile wins by firstly taking the Arkansas Derby. He the won the American Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. He followed up in the Haskell Invitational.

He was a tired horse in the Travers when beaten by Keen Ice but he was imperious at Keenland in the Breeders Cup Classic. Any doubts about the victory where he had 6 1/2 L to spare over the 100/1 shot Effenix were well and truly put to bed when Effinex went on to win the Clark Handicap next time out. Tonalist beaten 12 L at Keenland further franked the form when winning the Cigar Mile. Their victory’s meant in the Classic, American Pharoah had annihilated a field full of G1 winners.

It stamped him exceptional.

Golden Horn was also a true star. He may have lost to two fillies in Found who beat him in the Breeders Cup Turf and Arabian Queen in the International but an Epsom Derby, Coral Eclipse, Irish Champion Stakes and Prix de L’Arc De Triomphe proved him the best middle distance turf horse since Sea The Stars in 2009, a testament to his quality.

Solow was certainly the king miler. The five-year old who hadn’t won a G1 prior to 2015 started with the Dubai Turf and Prix d’Ispahan before stepping back in trip to add a trio of mile races in the Queen Anne, Sussex Stakes and QE11.

Criterion was the most versatile. He started the year running 3rd over 6.5f in the Canterbury Stakes and finished in the same place over 2 miles in the Melbourne Cup. In between he squeezed in 2 wins at home in Australia in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Caufield Stakes and also made trips to England for the Queen Anne and Hong Kong for the Cup.

Flintshire was also a world traveller winning the Sword Dancer at Saratoga running 2nd 4 times in the Sheema Classic, the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud, The Arc and Hong Kong Vase. He was also 3rd in the Coronation Cup.

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2. Pattern Racing World Championship Category – Trainer

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Chris Waller is the Pattern Racing World Champion.

 

Place

 

Trainer

2015 Points Won  

Place

2014 Points Won
1 Chris Waller 279 2 237
2 A P O’Brien 277 1 266
3 Todd Pletcher 254 3 190
4 Chad C Brown 196 5 134
5 Bob Baffert 176 4 171

Chris pipped Aidan O’Brien a nose. That’s a reversal of last years first and second where Aidan’s winning total was 266. Both surpassed last years winning figure. Chris had 16 G1 winners, Aidan had 17. It was the placed efforts that separated the two, 12 seconds and 7 third places for Chris were the decider over Aidan’s 11 and 6. Winx was Chris’s top performer with 3 win’s and a second (37 points) while Found was Aidan’s best provider with 1 win and 4 seconds (38 points).

In America Todd Plecther won 15 G1’s placing him in the same position as last year where curlina was his top performer (37 points). Chad Brown’s star pupil was Big Blue Kitten (39 points) beat Bob Baffert for 4th, a reversal on last year who had American Pharoah (67 points).

All the top five bettered their totals of last year.

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3. Pattern Racing World Championship Category – Jockey

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Ryan Moore is the Pattern Racing World Champion.

 

Place

 

Jockey

2015 Points Won  

Place

2014 Points Won
1 Ryan Moore 270 2 210
2 John R Velazquez 222 3 201
3 Javier Castellano 201 4 195
4 Joel Rosario 175 1 227
5 Frankie Dettori 171 14 100

The globe-trotting jockey won 15 G1 races across the world, England 5, Ireland 1, France 2, Hong Kong 2, Japan 1, USA 2, Canada 2. He was also was placed in Australia and Dubai. Found and Legatisimmo contributed 31 points each. His achievement is all the more incredible considering he was out of action for 11 weeks with a serious neck injury sustained on 9th July only making his comeback on the 24th September. He came back with a bang recording 11 of those wins on his return.

John Velazquez the 2013 champion improved on his third position of last year notching up 11 G1 victories. Javier Castellano improved a place to third with 15 winners while Joel Rosario, last years champion, fell to 4th. Frankie Dettori’s rejuvenation brought him into the top 5 with 7 G1 wins.

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The remaining categories which we shall deal with in a later post.

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Pattern Racing World Champions 2015 (Jan 1 – June 30)

After 135 Group/Grade 1’s have been run across the world so far this calendar year we thought we’d update you on the Pattern Racing World Championships standings.

We have 6 categories now, Trainer, Jockey, Horse, Sire, Owner and Breeder.

Below are the top 5 in each category.

Remember – For a G1 placing You get 10 points for win 7 for second and 5 for third.

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American Pharoah Triple Crown winner and current  leader in the Pattern Racing World Championships for Horses. Picture by Rob Carr courtesy of Getty Images

Rank Horse PointsWon
1  American Pharoah (USA) 40
2  Able Friend (AUS) 30
2  Gleneagles (IRE) 30
4  Criterion (NZ) 27
5  Dissident (AUS) 25
Rank Trainer Points Won
1 Chris Waller 153
2 Todd Pletcher 110
3 Bob Baffert 101
4 A P O’Brien 88
5 Gai Waterhouse 86
Rank Jockey Points Won
1 Blake Shinn 104
1 Victor Espinoza 104
3 Hugh Bowman 97
4 James McDonald 95
5 Ryan Moore 90
Rank Owner Points Won
1 Godolphin 132
2 M Tabor, D Smith & Mrs John Magnier 54
3 U Carrot Farm 50
3 Zayat Stables LLC 50
5 H H Aga Khan 42
Rank Sire Points Won
1 b c Galileo (IRE) 44
1 b f Fastnet Rock (AUS) 44
3 b c Pioneerof The Nile (USA) 40
4 b c King Kamehameha (JPN) 32
4 b f Deep Impact (JPN) 32
Rank Breeder Total
1 Darley 143
2 Northern Racing 80
3 Northern Farm 50
4 Widden Stud Australia Pty Ltd 40
4 Wertheimer Et Frere 40
4 Zayat Stables Llc 40

The Pattern Racing World Championships – 2014

Foreword

Before our 2015 journey begins in earnest let’s take a moment to reflect on 2014.

Last year was our second year to hold the Pattern Racing World Championships, the purpose of which is to recognise the consistency of horses, jockeys, trainers and stallions at pattern racing’s top-level, Grade 1/Group 1 over a year calendar year.

Here at Pattern Racing we compiled the results of 309 Grade 1/Group 1 in 2014 up from 238 in 2013.

The Championships

There are 4 categories, Champion Racehorse, Champion Trainer, Champion Jockey and Champion Stallion.

Included are G1’s from 12 countries. Point’s are awarded for finishing in the top three in Grade 1/Group 1 contests in the year.

Country No Of G1’s
USA 111
Australia 72
England 33
France 27
Japan 22
Ireland 12
Germany 7
UAE 7
Hong Kong 6
Italy 6
Canada 4
Singapore 2
Total 309

Points                1st 10 pts,                    2nd 7 pts,                 3rd 5 pts.

The Champion Racehorse of 2014 is Kingman.

Rank Horse Points Won
1 Kingman (GB) 47
2 California Chrome (USA) 45
3 Australia (GB) 42
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1. Kingman trained by John Gosden pipped American horse of The Year California Chrome to this years title.

His points were earned courtesy of a second in the Two Thousand Guineas followed by four flawless performances in the mile division. The Irish Guineas and St James Palace Stakes marked him out as the champion miler of his generation.

He further stamped his authority on the division when taking on the older horses in the Sussex Stakes and Jacques Le Marois. A throat infection led to missing the planned end of season engagement in the QE11 on Champions Day and unfortunately early retirement.

2. California Chrome lit up the season in America this year. The Dumb Ass Syndicate owed colt showed there is still a place at the top table for the smaller man.

He launched himself to favouritism for the Kentucky Derby with an authoritative performance in the Santa Anita Derby. He duly obliged at Churchill Downs then set the country’s pulses racing when he took the second leg of the triple crown the Preakness. In the last leg, the Belmont Stakes, the combination of the short timeframe between the three races and a foot injury sustained in the race alas meant at least another year’s wait for a triple crown winner.

He was rested and aimed at the Breeders Cup Classic where in a head bopper he was beaten a nose and a neck into third. In his last 2014 run he threw down a turf marker when winning the Hollywood Derby. Will we see him in the Arc this year?

3. Australia was beaten first time out in the Guineas and last time out in the Irish Champion Stakes. In between the one Aidan O’Brien described as the best he’s ever had won The Derby, Irish Derby and the International at York.

Like Kingman retirement came earlier than wanted and like Kingman he never made it to Champions Day where the QE 11 over the mile was the target.

We can only imagine but if Kingman and Australia had stayed in training at four, with California Chrome a more than possible for Royal Ascot then we’d of had one hell of Prince Of Wales’s Stakes.

In 2014 244 horses won G1’s, 656 made the podium.

The Champion Trainer of 2014 is Aidan O’Brien.

Rank Trainer Points Won
1 Aidan O’Brien (IRE) 266
2 Chris Waller (AUS) 237
3 Todd Pletcher (USA) 190

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1. Aidan O’Brien second in 2013 (218) went one better in 2014. His winning total surpassed last years winning mark by 3 points.

13 G1’s winners, 13 seconds and 9 third place finishes marked Aidan’s season. His wins came from 10 individuals with Australia topping the bill with the 3 G1 wins referred to earlier. In the Irish Derby he again had the 1,2,3.

Adelaide was twice a winner at top-level in the Secretariat in America and the Cox Plate In Australia. The four-year old Leading Light took the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot while three-year olds Bracelet, Marvellous and Tapestry took the Irish Oaks, Irish 1000 Guineas and Yorkshire Oaks.

His two-year olds winners were the exciting Found in the Prix Marcel Boussac, Together Forever in the Fillies Mile, Dick Whittington in the Phoenix Stakes and Gleneagles in the National Stakes.

2. Chris Waller is a new entrant on the inclusion of Australia in these championships. He won 10 G1’s with 9 individuals and ran second 11 times and was place third in 12, all in his native land. His star attraction was Sacred Falls winner of the Doncaster Mile (where he had a 1,2,3) and George Main Stakes.

Boban took the Chipping Norton, Foreteller the Underwood, Junoob the Metropolitan, Amicus The Thousand Guineas, Brazen Beau the Coolmore Stud Stakes, He’s Your Man the Epsom Handicap , Moriarty the Kingston Town Classic and Preferment the Victoria Derby.

3. Todd Pletcher winner in 2013 amassing 263 points couldn’t quite match last years feat. He sent 9 individual G1 winners to the races with Stopchargingmaria doubling up in the American Oaks and Alabama Stakes.

Constitution won the Florida Derby, Danza the American Derby, Palace Malice the Arkansas Derby, Competitive Edge the Hopeful Stakes, Angela Renee the Chandelier Stakes, Daredevil the Champagne and Carpe Diem the Claiborne Breeders Futurity.

In 2014 150 trainers won G1’s, 292 made the podium.

The Champion Jockey of 2014 is Joel Rosario.

Rank Jockey Points Won
1 J. Rosario (USA) 227
2 R. Moore (ENG) 210
3 J. Velazquez (USA) 201

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1. Joel Rosario third in 2013 (186 points) topped the 2014 poll with 10 wins, 11 seconds and 10 thirds. 

He notched up a hat trick on Close Hatches in the Ogden Phipps, Personal Ensign and Apple Blossom. Tonalist won the Belmont Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes.

He also won on Minorette in the Belmont Oaks, Imagining in the Man o’War, Lea in the Donn Handicap, Bobby’s Kitten in the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint and La Tia in the Matriarch Stakes.

2. Ryan Moore, fifth last year, was the worlds hardest working jockey travelling the world in his bid to become champion.

On his travels he won 15 G1’s.

In Dubai he won the Sheema Classic partnering Gentildonna. In Australia he won the Cox Plate on Adelaide and The Melbourne Cup on Protectionist. In North America he took the Secretariat again on Adelaide, The Beverley D on Euro Charline, The Canadian International On Hillstar.

In Europe at home in England he picked up the Falmouth and Sun Chariot on Integral, the Coronation Stakes on Rizeena and the Yorkshire Oaks on Tapestry. In France he bagged the Prix Du Jockey Club on The Grey Gatsby, The Marcel Boussac on Found and The Prix Du Cadran on High Jinx and in Ireland he took the Irish 1000 Guineas on Marvellous and the Irish Champion Stakes on The Grey Gatsby. His 7 seconds and 5 thirds were the difference between top spot and runner up.

3. John Velazquez was the 2013 winner on 234 points.

He returned from injury this year after the loss of his spleen in the 2013 Breeders Cup. He had 12 G1 wins, the highlights being Wise Dan’s victories in the Shadwell Turf Mile and Woodford Reserve and Main Sequence’s victory in the Breeders Cup Turf. His other winners were Carpe Diem the Claiborne Breeders Futurity, Competitive Edge in the Hopeful, Crown Queen in the QE11 Challenge Cup, Dayatthespa in the First Lady Stakes, Judy The Beauty in The Madison Stakes, Palace Malice in the Metropolitan Stakes Stephanie’s Kitten in the Flower Bowl, Stopchargingmaria in the Alabama Stakes and Untapable in the Mother Goose Stakes. , His wins were accompanied by 8 seconds and 5 thirds.

In 2014 125 jockeys won G1’s, 211 made the podium.

The Champion Stallion of 2014 is Galileo.

Rank Stallion Points Won
1 Galileo (IRE) 261
2 Deep Impact (JPN) 131
3 High Chaparral (IRE) 102
3 Dansili (GB) 102

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1. Galileo‘s domination of the breeding barn continued again 2014.

Also the winner in 2013 (160 points), did he up his game this year? Did he what?

He beat last years total by a whopping 101 points beating his nearest rival Deep Impact by 130 points, equivalent to winning 13 more G1’s.

He produced 9 individuals to win 14 G1’s. His prodigies were second 13 times and third on 6 occasions.

Australia and Noble Mission were was his leading lights with 3 wins each, the latter taking The Tattersalls Gold Cup, The Grand Prix De Saint Cloud and The Champion Stakes. Adelaide added the Cox Plate and Secretariat while Leading Light took the Gold Cup, Tapestry The Yorkshire Oaks, Together Forever the Fillies Mile, Marvellous the Irish 1000 Guineas with top two-year olds Gleneagles the National Stakes winner and Found The Prix Marcel Boussac winner giving us something to look forward to this year.

2. Deep Impact, also second in 2013, held his grip again in the east albeit falling 16 points short of his last years total.

He produced 9 individuals to win 10 G1’s. His prodigies were second 3 times and third on 2 occasions.

Gentildonna did the double in the Sheema Classic and Arima Kinen. Danon Shark took the Mile Championship, Harp Star the Oka Sho-Japanese 1000 Guineas, Lachesis the Queen Elizabeth 11 Commemorative Cup, Mikki Isle the NHK Mile , Shonan Adela the Hanshin Juvenile Fillies, Shonan Pandora the Shuka Sho, Spielberg The Tenno Sho (Autumn) and Verxina the Victoria Mile.

3. Dansili third in 2013 on 135 points dead heated with High Chaparral on 102 points in 2014.

Dansili produced 5 G1 winners. His prodigies were second 6 times and third on 2 occasions.

Foreteller won the Underwood Stakes, Miss France the One Thousand Guineas, Flintshire the Hong Kong Vase, The Fugue the Prince of Wales’s Stakes and We Are the Prix de l’Opera.

The big step up came from High Chaparral who was ranked 64th in 2013.

He produced 4 individual G1 winners. His prodigies were second 6 times and third on 4 occasions.

Lucky Lion won the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis-Bayerisches Zuchtrennen,  It’s A Dundee the Queen Elizabeth Stakes,  Toronado the Queen Anne and High Jinx the Prix du Cadran.

In 2014 189 stallions sired G1 winners, 400 made the podium.

I hope you enjoyed reading about these championships. When you consider the numbers who made the podium in each classification and then consider the number who tried you then realise how very difficult it is to succeed at G1 level. Those who do are special, those who top these tables, equine or human, are very special indeed.

Congratulations to them all.

A Question Of Sport. Who Is The World’s Greatest Jockey ?

Ryan Moore The Grey Gatsby returns having won The Irish Champions Stakes

Ryan Moore returns on The Grey Gatsby having won The Irish Champions Stakes.             1 of 15 G1’s he’s won internationally so far this year.

The International Federation Of Horseracing Authorities will this Saturday award the title of the Longines Worlds Best Jockey. It is to be presented at a gala dinner in Hong Kong on Saturday to coincide with Hong Kong’s prestigious international meeting on Sunday.

In layout it’s remarkably similar to Pattern Racing.com’s World Jockey Championships 2013 conceived last year.

The scoring for the IFHA award is based upon performances in the 100 highest-rated Group 1 and Grade 1 races established for the year by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee. The scoring incorporates races from 1 December of the previous year until 30 November of the current year. Jockeys accrue 12 points for a win, 6 points for placing second, and 4 points for placing third.

Pattern Racing.com’s scoring system, established last year, is 10 points for a win 7 points for second and 5 points for a third place over the calendar year.

We have decided to publish our jockey’s championship for 2014 to date (Click here) to contrast with the IHFA/Longines version.

As you can see from the following table there are differences between the Pattern Racing.com top 12 and the IFHA/Longines top 12. 

Pattern Racing.com IFHA/Longines
Rank Jockey Points Won   Rank Jockey Points Won
1 J. Rosario 217 1 R. Moore 94
2 R. Moore 210 2 C. Soumillon 88
3 J. Velazquez 201 3 J. O’Brien 72
4 J. Castellano 195 4 J. Doyle 70
5 J. O’Brien 173 5 Z. Purton 58
6 C. Soumillon 170 6 D. Oliver 48
7 M. Smith 131 7 R. Hughes 46
8 H. Bowman 125 7 J. Velazquez 46
9 V. Espinoza 118.5 9 W. Buick 42
10 D. Oliver 118 9 T. Berry 42
11 R. Hughes 113 9 M. Rodd 42
12 J. McDonald 109 9 J. Rosario 42

The purpose of the pattern racing system is to establish a hierarchy for races and to set a benchmark on which they are judged. If a pattern race has been award G1 status (decided by the IFHA) then the purpose of the exercise is to have it recognised as such. This produces an obvious question for the IFHA/Longines rankings committee.

Do the rest of the worlds G1’s not count?

Crucially what separates both championships is the number of races included in the calculation, in this case, of the Worlds Best Jockey. (this can be extended to trainers, horses and stallions as Pattern Racing.com has done).

On this site we try to include all international Group 1’s and Grade 1’s in England, Ireland, France, Italy, Germany, UAE, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Canada and the USA to in order to recognise a champion. To date in these jurisdictions there have been 299 G1 races run with 11 still to be come. In contrast the IFHA/Longines choose to limited to 100.

The means the IFHA/Longines have chosen to ignore the other 210 which have been granted G1 status.

These include the likes of the Epsom Oaks, The Dewhurst, The Santa Anita Handicap, The Gold Cup, The Jean Prat, The Irish 2000 Guineas and the TVG Pacific Classic. All massive races in their own right.

The danger with this exclusion is not only does it diminish those races but it also leads to a skewed result in the title bid of worlds greatest jockey.

In the Pattern Racing Championships top 12 there are 5 American based jockeys, 4 European and 3 Australian.

The winner of the Pattern Racing Jockey’s Championship is not yet decided.

With 11 G1’s still to run, (4 are in Hong Kong, 3 are in Japan, 4 in USA), Joel Rosario is ahead by seven points from Ryan Moore in second with John Velazquez (the reigning Champion) back in third. JJ Castellano in fourth is also not out of the title bid.

Ryan Moore will be in action on Snow Sky in Hong Kong Vase this weekend and it will be his last opportunity to add to his tally while in America before year end, we still have the Starlet, the Los Alamitos Futurity, La Brea and Malibu Stakes to run. This gives all three American jockeys the chance to still top the poll.

In the IFHA/Longines table Europeans dominate with 6 of the top 12, Australians get 4 in while the Americans can only muster 2. Is there an anti-American bias?

It’s worth looking at where Joel Rosario sits in the IFHA/Longines list, joint 9th along with 4 others. He is accredited with recognition for his both his wins on Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes and in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, a second and 2 third places whereas Pattern Racing.com recognises his 8 other victories, 10 other seconds places and 6 other third place finishes.

Joel notched up a hat trick on Close Hatches in the Ogden Phipps, Personal Ensign and Apple Blossom, plus he also won on Minorette in the Belmont Oaks, Imagining in the Man o’War, Lea in the Donn Handicap, Bobby’s Kitten in the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint and most recently La Tia in the Matriarch Stakes. These are all recognised the Pattern Racing.com standings.

Off course the Pattern Racing Jockey’s race isn’t finished and there are still chances for all to boost their tally.

A second place finish for Ryan Moore draws him level with Joel Rosario, and he may well better that however with 4 American G1’s still to run it looks like this is a race that will go down to the wire.

It might help our understanding if we look at which countries hold these G1 races. The tables below outline the number of races from each of the countries that make up the both the Pattern Racing.com list and the IFHA/Longines list and also their percentage of the overall total.

Pattern Racing.com IFHA/Longines
Country of Race Total Races % of Total    Country of Race Total Races % of Total 
USA 111 36% Australia 26 26%
AUS 72 23% USA 20 20%
ENG 33 11% England 17 17%
FR 27 9% France 11 11%
JPN 22 7% Japan 9 9%
IRE 12 4% Hong Kong 6 6%
GER 7 2% UAE 4 4%
UAE 7 2% Ireland 2 2%
HK 6 2% Germany 2 2%
ITY 6 2% South Africa 1 1%
CAN 4 1% Singapore 1 1%
SIN 2 1% Canada 1 1%
SA 1 0%
Total 310  Total   100

Not surprisingly in the Pattern Racing.com list the USA has the greatest number of G1’s however as you can see Australia with 26 races has the highest representation of any nation in the IFHA/Longines list. Again has this created bias in the overall outcome? This must be considered.

This piece is not an attack on either the IFHA or their sponsor Longines who both do a fantastic job in promoting racing. Neither is it an attack on Ryan Moore whom we have the utmost respect and admiration for. Ryan most definitely is a man of sport and he will consider the merits of the accolade he’s been awarded given the exploits of his American counterparts.

This is about opening debate on the inclusion of all G1’s to decide the title of the world’s best.

Whether its horse, sire, trainer, jockey and indeed owner then encompassing all G1’s is a fairer assessment of who is the greatest of them all.

It’s also worth noting in 2013 we also established a trainer championship, horse championship and stallion championship and we will have the same championships for 2014. We’ll return to this in the new year.

Pattern Racing.com calls on the IFHA and Longines to include all G1’s in the future. Better still, do with Pattern Racing.com, the most comprehensive pattern racing guide in the world.

As a fella said to me, they might even ask you to the gala dinner next year.

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