01/19/2016 11:15AM

American Pharoah named best in the world

Barbara D. Livingston
American Pharoah was rated at 134 by the International Federations of Horseracing Authorities.

American Pharoah, the 2015 Horse of the Year in the U.S., was named the World’s Best Racehorse on Tuesday at a ceremony in London sponsored by Longines.

American Pharoah became the first U.S.-based horse to top the world rankings of the International Federations of Horseracing Authorities since 2008, when Curlin took the award. Curlin won the Dubai World Cup that year, while American Pharoah did not race outside the U.S. in 2015.

On the rankings, which are based on a theoretical handicap, American Pharoah was rated at 134. Golden Horn, a British-bred 3-year-old colt, was ranked second at 130, while the U.S.-based Shared Belief, who died late last year, was co-ranked third at 126 with the French-bred filly Treve.

Last year, the highest-rated horse was Just A Way, a Japan-bred colt, at 130.

American Pharoah won seven of his eight starts as a 3-year-old, including all three races of the Triple Crown. He capped his career with a dominating performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He was retired to Ashford Stud following his Breeders’ Cup win.

On the domestic front, American Pharoah was named U.S. champion 3-year-old colt and Horse of the Year on Saturday night at the Eclipse Awards. Both votes were unanimous. It was the first time since John Henry in 1981 that a single horse received every Horse of the Year vote.

Zayat Stables, the colt’s owner and breeder, took the annual Eclipse awards for owner and breeder, and trainer Bob Baffert was named champion trainer.


Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
I would agree AP did enough to warrant being. Named best racehorse in the world for 2015. As for the idiots who are going on about his defeat to Keen Ice I'll say this I bet Keen Ice to beat him and AP would beat Keen ice 99 out of 100 times they met. Even the greatest racehorses get beat just ask Secretariat or Spectacular Bid . If ever there was a situation where AP was going to get beat the Travers was it. A tough campaign after the triple crown with flights to and from California .continuing travel back and fourth after the Haskell .a trainer that did not seem too keen on going to Saratoga. The hostile NY jockey crew .going from cool sea level to the humid hot altitude of Saratoga. Facing Frosted and his jockey bent on a suicide duel and an improving Horse with no distance limitations in Keen ice proved too much on that day. Just as other circumstances have conspired against other great horses at the spa so too it happened to AP. But his body of work over the year left no doubts in my mind on how special he is.
Jack Armstead More than 1 year ago
Ray... there is nothing left for me to say, well stated; especially the part about the Travers and Keen Ice. Zayat was so obsessed with accommodating everyone (who could exclude the NYRA?) and forced the horse into 70%-80% humidity with temperatures at 80+ degrees. Few horses can acclimate to that slightly higher elevation in Saratoga in less than 2 weeks of Breezes on the training track. He flew in for a few days and left with "appearance" and 2nd place money. I do believe that there was some benefit to A.P. for doing this. He physically matured a bit more and was then... UNBEATABLE.
Jay More than 1 year ago
These rankings are done by world handicappers who know exactly what they are talking about unlike the expert commenters here who picked: Materiality in the 2015 Belmont Stakes, ended up finishing last in the race. Honor Code in the 2015 BCC, beaten by 11 lengths in the race.
Jay More than 1 year ago
Keen Ice >>> Honor Code Keen Ice beat American Pharoah in the 2015 Travers. Honor Code finished 11 lengths behind American Pharoah in the 2015 BCC.
Frank More than 1 year ago
best in the world???? Ok then Keen Ice should be considered best in the universe because he beat AP in the only true race where AP was tested. Best in the world -- give me a break -- this horse would of been an also ran in the Arc!
Jack More than 1 year ago
And Golden Horn would be an also ran in the Classic
Pete Gold More than 1 year ago
Thats the stupidest comment ive ever heard in my life. How did Keen Ice do in the classic? Hes still running i think
Jay More than 1 year ago
This guy is still upset that his favorite horses Materiality and Honor Code were romped badly in 2015.
mike More than 1 year ago
Frank,you must have lost your bankroll,ten dollars betting against him last year. Stop trolling.
Steve Jones More than 1 year ago
He beat Keen Ice 4 times dude. Give me a beak
Laura Luces More than 1 year ago
Those rankings is just assumptions, without taking nothing away of AP merits I would liked to see him against Runhappy at 7 furlongs
Jack More than 1 year ago
Would like to Runhappy against AP at 1 1/4 miles
Gaye Goodwin More than 1 year ago
Runhappy would come out ahead...
mike More than 1 year ago
Gayle,how are you? Miss seeing you on another site.
Al Gardiner More than 1 year ago
mike More than 1 year ago
No horse are "cumps",but I know alot of humans that are.
Mike Windsor More than 1 year ago
Nice grammar. What are you, a 4 year old lol.... Go back to 1st grade!
mike More than 1 year ago
Really? I'd like to see Runhappy and his nutty connections prevail for the Triple Crown.