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The World’s Best Three Year Old Is…

The world’s best three year old is…not Big Brown (gasp!) The latest World Thoroughbred Rankings have placed Australia’s Weekend Hussler at the top of his age group; his 122 point ranking (tying for 8th in the world overall) equals that of Hard Spun and world-beaters like Ramonta and Viva Pataca.

Naturally, you are now wondering how the committee might have overlooked War Pass and the aforementioned Big Brown; well, here’s how — they didn’t win 5 G1 races over the past six months (nor do they have 8 wins out of 10 lifetime starts like the Antipodean sprinter). Indeed, Weekend Hussler is the only three-year-old who makes the list.

All told, US-based horses have a good showing in the rankings– obviously Curlin is well clear of the rest of the pack with a top rating of 130; the next installment should include Triple Crown results, so some of our local three-year-olds should make the list too. In case you were wondering, Curlin’s 130 equals Ghostzapper’s top ranking — which suggests that Curlin’s could be even higher by the end of the year. One wonders where Hard Spun might have ranked had he continued racing…but I digress.

As for Weekend Hussler, he’s aiming for another G1 win by the end of his season. Good luck to his connections!

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