The Jockey Club announced that Bolt d’Oro and Good Magic topped its Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings, formerly known as the Experimental Free Handicap.
There was no reason given for the name change. The explanation of the rankings is the same: a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at 1 1/16 miles.
Bolt d’Oro and Good Magic were both assigned 126 pounds. Mendelssohn, the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, was third with 123 pounds. Rounding out the top 10 were Firenze Fire, Free Drop Billy, Catholic Boy, McKinzie, Sporting Chance, Untamed Domain, Solomini and Voting Control.
The top two were not a surprise; Good Magic reached the top with his maiden victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile – hardly an impressive resume, but it was enough to sway voters. Bolt d’Oro, who got a bad trip in the Juvenile and finished third, had scored several impressive victories in the Front Runner Stakes and Del Mar Futurity.
Since 2007, out of the top 20 ranked horses for each year, 83 have competed in Triple Crown races. Of those 83, there have been 26 finishes in the top three positions, including nine wins. Take it for what it is – a calculated dice roll with many races yet to be run.