Saturday, January 8, 2011

World Rankings IFHA to November 7, 2010

In looking for some year-end rankings for 2010 this was all I could get for now from the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. A few interesting things to point out. First, there is a 4 way tie for 10th so there are 13 horses represented here and all but Zenyatta who is tied for 10th are descendants of Northern Dancer. That's 12 out of the top 13 thoroughbreds in the world. Secondly, there are 5 different countries represented on the list and four different continents, once again displaying the international influence of the Dancer's bloodlines. The last thing worth mentioning is the number 3 ranked Makfi out of Dubawi, son of Dubai Millennium. In Chapter 30 of my book I try to describe the incredible story of Dubai Millennium (no ordinary joe). He died tragically after servicing only 65 mares in his first season as a stallion. One of his sons was Dubawi. Dubai Millennium was the grandson of Shareef Dancer, purchased in 1981 by Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum of Dubai for $3,300,000 at the Keeneland sale after bidding wars that were about to set record prices for yearlings (Northern Dancer yearlings) in excess of $10,000,000 by 1983. Two of the top three ranked horses here are descendants of Shareef Dancer. Number one ranked Harbinger is out of Penang Pearl, daughter of the Shareef Dancer mare Guapa.

1) Harbinger (GB) great-great grandson x4
2) Blame (US) great-great grandson x2
3) Makfi (GB) great-great grandson x3
3) Quality Road (US) great-great-great grandson x2
3) Workforce (GB) great grandson x2
6) Canford Cliffs (IRE) great-great grandson
6) Cape Blanco (IRE) great grandson
6) Nakayam Festa (JPN) great-great-great grandson x3
9) Rip Van Winkle (IRE) great grandson x3
10) Goldikova (IRE) great-great granddaughter x2
10) So You Think (NZ) great grandson x2
10) Twice Over (GB) great-great grandson
10) Zenyatta (USA) no connection

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