07/28/2009 12:00AM

Sea the Stars ranked world's top


Sea the Stars is the world's highest-rated horse in the World Thoroughbred Ranking released on Tuesday. The winner of the 2000 Guineas, the Epsom Derby, and the Eclipse Stakes, Sea the Stars earned a 131 rating from the ranking committee, which consists of official handicappers and racing secretaries from Europe, North America, Australia, Asia, and South Africa.

A son of Cape Cross trained by John Oxx, Sea the Stars is rated three pounds ahead of the Eclipse runner-up, Rip Van Winkle, and four pounds in front of the Irish Derby winner, Fame and Glory, who was second to Sea the Stars in the Epsom Derby. Dubai Duty Free winner and Arlington Million-bound Gladiatorus is the highest-rated older horse at 127.

Conduit, winner of Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes, is rated at 125 along with the highest-rated American horse, the undefeated, five-time Grade 1-winning mare Zenyatta. Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed and Hong Kong mile champ Good Ba Ba share seventh place at 124. Preakness, Kentucky Oaks, and Mother Goose winner Rachel Alexandra is in a nine-way tie for ninth at 122, along with the French Oaks winner, Stacelita, and the Ascot Gold Cup winner, Yeats.

Mine That Bird, the Kentucky Derby winner, is the highest-rated American 3-year-old colt at 121, a spot he shares with eight others, among them Gio Ponti, who is taking a three-race Grade 1 winning streak into the Arlington Million. His Million rivals Einstein and Gloria de Campeao are rated at 120, while Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird, who challenges Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell Invitational on Sunday, is pegged at 119.