02/07/2006 12:00AM

Leroi's Atto win top performance in 2005


TORONTO, Ontario - Leroidesanimaux's tour de force in last September's Atto Mile at Woodbine has been assigned a rating of 124 to top the 2005 edition of the Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings.

The purpose of the Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings, compiled by Woodbine's vice president of Thoroughbred racing, Chris Evans, is to rate the relative abilities of horses who raced in Canada last year, based on their single best performance.

Any horse who raced in a stakes in Canada is eligible for consideration, with a minimum rating of 90 the cutoff.

The Canadian Thoroughbred Ratings follow the SMILE (Sprint-Mile-Intermediate-Long-Extended) model used by the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Ratings committee, of which Evans also is a member.

Rankings for 3-year-olds and up are compiled for both turf and dirt. The sprint category encompasses races up to seven furlongs, the mile for races longer than seven furlongs and up to 1 3/16 miles, and the Intermediate for 1 3/16 through 1 5/16 miles. In Canada, races longer than 1 5/16 miles are lumped together in the Long/Extended category.

Two-year-olds are ranked separately by sex, with no distance designation.

Horses whose Canadian performances earned ratings of 115 or higher in the World Thoroughbred Ratings automatically receive the same ratings on the Canadian list.

Leroidesanimaux's 7 3/4-length romp in the Atto Mile was rated two pounds better than Relaxed Gesture's 4 1/2-length score in Woodbine's Canadian International at 1 1/2 miles, tops in the long/extended turf category.

"There was certainly no dispute regarding Leroidesanimaux," said Evans. "Relaxed Gesture also had a deservedly high rating based on the horses he beat there and how much he beat them by."

Honey Ryder, winner of Woodbine's E.P. Taylor Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf, was the top-ranked filly or mare on either surface with 112 pounds in the intermediate turf category.

The Atto Mile, Canadian International, and E.P. Taylor are Canada's only Grade 1 races.

Wild Desert and A Bit O'Gold received the highest rankings in the dirt categories as the co-leaders at 109 in the intermediate category.

Wild Desert earned his figure for his victory in the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds. A Bit O'Gold was rated for his win in the Grade 3, 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day.

The ratings also factor in weights carried, which accounts for some apparent anomalies.

Mobil, for example, finished second under 124 pounds in Woodbine's seven-furlong Jacques Cartier but tops the sprint dirt rankings at 108. Judiths Wild Rush, the 1 1/4-length winner of the Cartier, received four pounds from Mobil in the race and was assigned a 107 rating.

Horses can be listed more than once in the same category when their rating is identical. For example, Judiths Wild Rush was also assigned 107 for his victory in Woodbine's Bold Venture.

And while horses generally appear only in the category of their best rating, with turf or dirt considered separately, there are exceptions. Horses can be listed in more than one category on the same surface if their ratings are identical or are the highest for their age group and sex in a category.

Mobil, a 5-year-old horse who was second in Woodbine's Grade 3 King Edward at 1 1/8 miles and in the Chinese Cultural Centre at 1 3/8 miles, was rated at 104 in both the mile turf and intermediate turf categories.

Raylene, whose highest rating was 94 for her finish in the 1 1/16-mile City of Edmonton Distaff at Northlands Park, also appears with a rating of 92 in the long/extended category based on her second-place finish in the 1 3/8-mile Speed to Spare.

Knights Templar was the top-ranked 2-year-old filly with 106 pounds, based on her 13 1/4-length romp in Woodbine's 1 1/16-mile Mazarine.

The 2-year-old colts and geldings division produced a four-way tie among Edenwold, victorious in the Vandal; Seaside Display, winner of the Display; Bear's Kid, winner of the Summer; and Badge of Truth, runner-up in the Grade 3 Grey.