05/12/2016 3:09PM

Nyquist tied for third in latest World Thoroughbred Rankings

Kim Pratt
Nyquist's win the Kentucky Derby was rated 124, the same number given to American Pharoah in last year's Derby.

Nyquist, on the strength of his Kentucky Derby win, is tied for the third highest-rated Thoroughbred in the world in the latest edition of the World Thoroughbred Rankings released Thursday.

Nyquist’s Derby was rated 124, trailing only the 126 given California Chrome’s Dubai World Cup and Winx’s Doncaster Mile win in Australia. American Pharoah got the same 124 rating winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

The World Thoroughbred Rankings are compiled several times annually by a panel assembled by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.

Exaggerator’s Kentucky Derby was rated 121, the second-highest dirt rating in the world so far in 2016. Effinex’s Oaklawn Handicap was rated 120. Tepin’s Distaff Turf Mile on the Derby undercard was also rated 120.

Two other horses, Maurice and Werther, also landed near the top of the rankings with 124’s for recent wins in Hong Kong. Maurice won the Champions Mile and Werther the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

No Epsom Derby clarity in Dante

The Dante Stakes on Thursday at York in England only added to the muddled Epsom Derby picture as favored Midterm checked in fifth and second-choice Foundation could only manage third as Wings of Desire beat Deauville by a neck in the Group 2 race over a little less than 1 5/16 miles.

Wings of Desire, trained by John Gosden for owner-breeder Lady Bamford, debuted earlier this year and had only an all-weather maiden win at Wolverhampton atop his resume, but Gosden said he has long held the colt in high regard, and Wings of Desire paid off his trainer’s confidence with a rally from the back of the field Thursday under Frankie Dettori. Gosden, who won the Epsom Derby last year with Golden Horn, said afterward that Wings of Desire was likely to make his next start at Epsom.

The Aidan O’Brien-trained Deauville had the lead 100 yards out in his first start at 3 but could not contain the winner’s late push. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to the Gosden-trained Foundation as Midterm, suffering his first defeat, came home a one-paced fifth.

No standout in Lockinge

An apparently wide-open field of 13 passed the final declaration stage Thursday for the Group 1 J T Lockinge Stakes on Saturday at Newbury, the first important older-horse mile race of the flat season in England.

Kodi Bear, who is set to make his seasonal debut for trainer Clive Cox, came in for betting support on Thursday as rain turned the Newbury course soft. Kodi Bear ran well all last season before going off form in his 2015 finale, an eighth-place finish in the Queen Elizabeth II last fall at Ascot.

Toormore, who was second in the 2015 Lockinge, also is among the antepost favorites, with Belardo and Limato also among the shorter prices in the market. Euro Charline, the 2014 Beverly D. Stakes winner, also is among the 13 expected to start. Post time for the race is 10:55 a.m. Eastern.