01/29/2014 10:44AM

New Year's Day assigned top weight in Experimental Free Handicap

Tom Keyser
New Year's Day, winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, was assigned top weight in the Experimental Free Handicap.

New Year’s Day, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was assigned top weight of 126 pounds in the Experimental Free Handicap rankings for 2-year-olds of 2013, which were released Wednesday by The Jockey Club.

New Year’s Day was ranked one pound higher than both Havana, who finished second in the BC Juvenile, and Shared Belief, the unbeaten winner of the CashCall Futurity who was the Eclipse Award winner as champion male 2-year-old of 2013.

Ria Antonia and She’s a Tiger, the top two finishers in the BC Juvenile Fillies, were given equal top weight of 123 pounds among 2-year-old fillies of 2013. She’s a Tiger finished first in the BC Juvenile Fillies, but was disqualified to second, placing her behind Ria Antonia, for a bumping incident during the stretch. She’s a Tiger won the Eclipse Award for this division.

The Experimental Free Handicap, produced every year since 1935, is a theoretical ranking of the nation’s best 2-year-olds in a 1 1/16-mile race on dirt. Shared Belief ran all three of his starts on a synthetic surface.

Experimental Free Handicap male rankings | Experimental Free Handicap female rankings

The winners of the Breeders’ Cup’s 2-year-old grass races were ranked highly in their respective divisions. Among the colts, BC Juvenile Turf winner Outstrip was ranked at 123 pounds, fifth overall, one pound less than Honor Code. Among the fillies, BC Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Chriselliam was ranked third at 122 pounds.

Cairo Prince, who lost by a nose to Honor Code in the Remsen Stakes while giving Honor Code six pounds (122-116), received an Experimental ranking of 118 pounds, six fewer than Honor Code, tying Cairo Prince for ninth with Albert’s Hope, Bobby’s Kitten, and Tamarando.

The late sire Harlan’s Holiday has the most horses weighted on the Experimental with six, followed by Colonel John and Kitten’s Joy with five each.

The Experimental Free Handicap rankings were produced by P.J. Campo of the Stronach Group, Ben Huffman of Churchill Downs and Keeneland, and Thomas S. Robbins of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. They ranked 107 males and 92 fillies.

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Cover2 More than 1 year ago
thought this thing went out with the wooden screw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From now on it should be called "The Wooden Screw Handicap"!
Frank Raspy More than 1 year ago
John B. Campbell is nowhere in sight.
michael More than 1 year ago
I like the experimental free handi, but isn't at least one of these horses retired. If retired, ,get him off the list.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Will Take Charge will go in the Donn Feb 9. Wayne says in the best shape of his life and getting better. Then 90% no Dubai and on to the Santa Anita Handicap.
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
And this relates to the Experimental Free Handicap how?
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Of course it doesn't. I was giving news long before DRF did for everyone and usually is DRF plus. If it forces them to put it up free for everyone then good.
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Hay there, friend, I'm having a pretty good convo, with myself on the "plus" side :-(
Walter More than 1 year ago
Glad to hear they may be going to the Big Cap. It should be a great betting opp
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Honor Code will not go in the Fountain of Youth. Shug says minor setback and lost 10 days training. Might got to NY for his next when ready. Top Billing doing great and is now a possibility for FOY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Maybe I'm just a clueless fan, but every year this seems like the biggest waste of time. Why is this fruitless exercise conducted?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like how someone just presses "thumbs down" instead of explaining why there is an experimental free handicap.
B More than 1 year ago
Who knows, but it is a useless and pointless list.
Walter More than 1 year ago
I agree. What is the point of this?
jttf More than 1 year ago
did this committee notice that cairo prince was carrying 6 more pounds than honor code when losing by a nose ? that is 6 pounds in the wrong direction, according to your assigned weights.
Joey Benson More than 1 year ago
Completely agree
John More than 1 year ago
I noticed that Electric Eddie was recovering after surgery, lets hope he makes it all the way ! I hope DRF keeps us updated , hes a nice little horse, off springs of SQUARE EDIIE are doiing well, from his 1st crop .
Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
I believe the trainer, Ben Cecil, stated that it was a career-ending injury, but he should make a fine riding horse for someone. Not 100% sure of this, though.