02/09/2007 12:00AM

Collier Hill, Go Deputy top Canadian ratings

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Collier Hill and Go Deputy, who finished a nose apart in the Grade 1 Canadian International here last October, both were assigned figures of 117 as the top-ranked horses on the 2006 Canadian Thoroughbred ratings.

The ratings, compiled by Woodbine racing secretary Steve Lym on behalf of the Jockey Club of Canada, were released on Wednesday.

Any horse who competed in a stakes race in Canada in 2006 was eligible to be rated on his best performance, with beaten lengths and weight concession factored into the number.

The ratings for 3-year-olds and upward follow the general principles of the World Thoroughbred Rankings, with races divided into turf and main track categories designated as Sprint (up to and including 7 1/2 furlongs), Mile (greater than 7 1/2 furlongs, less than 1 3/16 miles), Intermediate (1 3/16 miles to 1 5/16 miles), and Long/Extended categories (greater than 1 5/16 miles).

Horses can be ranked separately for their highest ratings on both main tracks and turf. Horses also can be ranked in more than category if performances yielded identical top ratings, or if other races that were not their overall best were the top for their age and sex.

In the 2-year-old categories, horses are ranked by sex for their best performance only, with no distance and surface distinctions.

In all categories, Lym used the figures of the North American Ratings Committee for a starting point and then slotted in restricted and non-graded races. The cutoff point for inclusion on the Canadian list is 90.

Collier Hill and Go Deputy earned their ratings in the Long/Extended Turf category for their one-two finishes in the 1 1/2-mile Canadian International.

The Mile Turf rankings illustrate the weight concession factor as Ad Valorem, who was beaten 1 1/2 lengths under 124 pounds as the third-place finisher in the Woodbine Mile, was top-ranked in the category at 116.

Rebel Rebel, beaten a neck as the Woodbine Mile runner-up under 119 pounds, was the runner-up in the division's rankings at 114.

Becrux, who won the Woodbine Mile under 117 pounds, and Sweet Return, beaten 1 1/2 lengths as the fourth-place finisher under 121 pounds, were ranked in a tie for third at 113.

Arravale topped all fillies and mares in the ratings with a 113 for her victory in Woodbine's 1 1/4-mile E.P. Taylor, which ranked first in the Intermediate Turf category.

Arravale, a 3-year-old, also was rated at 111 for her second-place performance in Woodbine's 1 1/8-mile Canadian and was ranked fifth as the best of her sex in the Mile Turf division.

A rating of 103 for her win in Woodbine's 6 1/2-furlong Alywow also earned Arravale a spot as the top-ranked member of her sex in the Sprint Turf category. Fast Parade, rated at 112 for his win in Woodbine's six-furlong Nearctic, topped that list.

The 5-year-old horses Judiths Wild Rush and Cryptograph earned the top overall main-track rankings at 109.

Judiths Wild Rush's figure came in the sprint category for his victory in Woodbine's seven-furlong Vigil, while Cryptograph's number came in the Intermediate category based on his third-place finish in Woodbine's 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day.

Cryptograph was beaten 1 1/2 lengths while carrying 121 pounds in the Dominion Day. The winner, Funny Cide, carried 115 pounds and was assigned a rating of 105.

True Metropolitan, a 4-year-old gelding, and Shillelagh Slew, a 3-year-old colt, were the co-leaders in both the Mile and Long/Extended dirt categories.

True Metropolitan's win in the 1 1/16-mile Woodbine Slots Cup and Shillelagh Slew's success in Woodbine's 1 1/8-mile Ontario Derby were deemed to be the best performances in the Mile category with rankings of 108.

Shillelagh Slew was assigned 105 in the Long/Extended category for his win in the 1 3/8-mile Canadian Derby at Edmonton's Northlands Park.

True Metropolitan earned his Long/Extended rating of 105 for his third-place finish in Woodbine's 1 3/4-mile Valedictory, in which he finished 6 1/2 lengths back in third but carried 121 pounds. Marsh Side, the Valedictory winner under 111 pounds, was ranked third at 102.

Skip Code topped the 2-year-old males with a rating of 108 for his win in Woodbine's 1 1/16-mile Grey.

Dreaming of Anna headed the 2-year-old fillies at 107 based on her victory over males in Woodbine's Summer at one mile on turf.

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