Using BRIS Speed ratings on dirt and BRIS Class ratings on turf, brisnet.com has assembled a Speed/Class rating report for the 2015 Breeders’ Cup.

Top contenders in eight of the 13 Breeders’ Cup races (excluding 2-year-old events and the TwinSpires Turf Sprint) are listed below, with the numbers of the last five race winners included:

Classic

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Bayern (2014)

 

106 (1st Haskell)

 

80 (10th Travers)

 

109 (1st Pa Derby)

Mucho Macho Man

 

100 (3rd Criminal Type)

 

100 (3rd Whitney)

 

113 (1st Awesome Again)

Fort Larned

 

106 (1st Cornhusker)

 

109 (1st Whitney)

 

111 (3rd Jockey Club GC)

Drosselmeyer

 

102 (2nd Brookyln)

 

92 (7th Sword Dancer)

 

109 (2nd Jockey Club GC)

Blame

 

102 (1st Stephen Foster)

 

108 (1st Whitney)

 

112 (2nd Jockey Club GC)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last five Classic winners all earned a massive Speed rating in the final prep.

Top performers in 2015 Classic field (ranked in order by highest last-race Speed rating):

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Smooth Roller

 

101

 

101

 

110

Tonalist

 

110

 

108

 

109

Beholder

 

102

 

112

 

107

Frosted

 

100

 

98

 

105

Honor Code

 

110

 

110

 

101

Keen Ice

 

102

 

102

 

101

American Pharoah

 

109

 

104

 

100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah ranks seventh based on last-out Speed rating, registering a 100 for a Travers runner-up effort that snapped an eight-race win streak, but the 109 Haskell Invitational Speed figure three starts back is on par with recent Classic winners.

Distaff

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Untapable (2014)

 

101 (1st Mother Goose)

 

96 (5th Haskell)

 

96 (1st Cotillion)

Beholder

 

103 (2nd Ky Oaks)

 

91 (1st Torrey Pines)

 

103 (1st Zenyatta)

Royal Delta

 

106 (1st Del ‘Cap)

 

106 (2nd Personal Ensign)

 

105 (1st Beldame)

Royal Delta

 

93 (3rd CCA Oaks)

 

104 (1st Alabama)

 

95 (2nd Beldame)

Unrivaled Belle

 

101 (2nd Ogden Phipps)

 

105 (2nd Ruffian)

 

104 (2nd Beldame)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two of the last five Distaff winners failed to meet the triple-digit threshold in the final prep, but all registered at least one century-topping BRIS Speed rating in the last three starts.

Top Performers in 2015 Distaff field:

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

My Sweet Addiction

 

58

 

88

 

104

Got Lucky

 

100

 

96

 

103

Untapable

 

99

 

96

 

103

Yahilwa

 

97

 

94

 

103

Stellar Wind

 

96

 

93

 

100

Wedding Toast

 

103

 

104

 

99

Frivolous

 

103

 

100

 

98

Sheer Drama

 

100

 

105

 

98

I’m a Chatterbox

 

95

 

99

 

97

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Distaff shapes up as a highly competitive race, with little separating the nine fillies and mares listed above. Only three — Wedding Toast, Frivolous and Sheer Drama — have managed to post a triple-digit BRIS Speed twice in the last three outings.

TwinSpires Sprint

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Work All Week (2014)

 

106 (1st Iowa Sprint)

 

94 (2nd Addison Cammack)

 

99 (1st Phoenix)

Secret Circle

 

97 (1st Rebel)

 

95 (2nd Arkansas Derby)

 

103 (1st allowance)

Trinniberg

 

103 (2nd Carry Back)

 

95 (9th King’s Bishop)

 

102 (2nd Gallant Bob)

Amazombie

 

99 (3rd Triple Bend)

 

101 (3rd Bing Crosby)

 

103 (1st Ancient Title)

Big Drama

 

109 (1st Smile Sprint)

 

108 (2nd A.G. Vanderbilt)

 

105 (2nd Forego)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work All Week’s last two Speed ratings (94 & 96) were a departure from previous Sprint winners, who earned 100+ numbers in either one or both starts, but his 106 three starts previously proved to be an indicator as he posted a 19-1 upset.

Top Performers in 2015 TwinSpires Sprint field:

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Private Zone

 

103

 

99

 

106

Favorite Tale

 

106

 

101

 

104

Salutos Amigos

 

99

 

100

 

104

Stallwalkin’ Dude

 

98

 

100

 

104

Ivan Fallunovalot

 

104

 

101

 

104

Big Macher

 

91

 

NA (Dubai race)

 

102

Kobe’s Back

 

100

 

87

 

100

Wild Dude

 

105

 

100

 

100

Runhappy

 

99

 

111

 

96

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Runhappy possesses the top number in the field, a 111 for winning the King’s Bishop, despite ranking ninth after receiving a 96 for a facile tally in the Phoenix on a sloppy track. Three horses – Favorite Tale, Ivan Fallunovalot and Wild Dude – have registered triple-digit numbers in all three preps.

TwinSpires Filly & Mare Sprint

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Judy the Beauty (2014)

 

100 (1st Madison)

 

86 (4th Humana Distaff)

 

97 (1st Rancho Bernardo)

Groupie Doll

 

95 (3rd Gardenia)

 

99 (1st Presque Isle Masters)

 

97 (3rd Thoroughbred Club of America)

Groupie Doll

 

109 (1st Humana Distaff)

 

99 (1st Presque Isle Masters)

 

105 (1st Thoroughbred Club of America)

Musical Romance

 

92 (3rd Connie Ann)

 

95 (1st Presque Isle Masters)

 

98 (2nd Thoroughbred Club of America)

Dubai Majesty

 

97 (1st Incredible Revenge)

 

96 (2nd Presque Isle Masters)

 

95 (1st Thoroughbred Club of America)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From 15 races listed above, only three triple-digit Speed ratings were recorded. Recent winners have tended to earn numbers in the mid-to-high 90s in preps.

Top Performers in 2015 TwinSpires Filly & Mare Sprint field:

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Stonetastic

 

71

 

96

 

109

Wavell Avenue

 

90

 

95

 

101

Dame Dorothy

 

101

 

85

 

99

Cavorting

 

100

 

98

 

98

Kiss to Remember

 

95

 

96

 

98

Room for Me

 

99

 

94

 

97

Taris

 

93

 

99

 

95

Super Majesty

 

103

 

100

 

94

Fioretti

 

92

 

93

 

92

Artemis Agrotera

 

105

 

95

 

91

Judy the Beauty

 

96

 

92

 

90

Merry Meadow

 

63

 

104

 

85

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very contentious field is assembled. Stonetastic exits a 15-length allowance romp at Parx, registering a whopping 109 Speed rating that appears suspect compared to previous numbers.

Dirt Mile

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Goldencents (2014)

 

99 (2nd Bing Crosby)

 

105 (1st Pat O’Brien)

 

104 (2nd SA Sprint Championship)

Goldencents

 

98 (2nd Bing Crosby)

 

102 (2nd Pat O’Brien)

 

107 (2nd SA Sprint Championship)

Tapizar

 

101 (2nd Razorback)

 

111 (WV Governor’s)

 

80 (6th Kelso)

Caleb’s Posse

 

108 (1st Amsterdam)

 

111 (1st King’s Bishop)

 

99 (3rd Indiana Derby)

Dakota Phone

 

101 (1st San Diego)

 

92 (3rd Pacific Classic)

 

102 (3rd Goodwood)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last five winners earned a Speed rating of 100 or better in two of their last three preps.

Top Performers in 2015 Dirt Mile field:

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Liam’s Map

 

104

 

109

 

106

Appealing Tale

 

103

 

101

 

105

Wicked Strong

 

103

 

99

 

104

Red Vine

 

106

 

102

 

103

Valid

 

97

 

102

 

99

Bradester

 

108

 

101

 

98

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liam’s Map exits a pair of strong performances in the Whitney and Woodward at Saratoga, and looms as a possible odds-on favorite, but Appealing Tale, Wicked Strong and Red Vine bring comparable last-out numbers to the mix.

Class Ratings

Turf

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Main Sequence (2014)

 

120.9 (1st United Nations)

 

120.6 (1st Sword Dancer)

 

122.2 (Joe Hirsch Turf Classic)

Magician

 

121.2 (1st Dee Stakes)

 

124.9 (1st Irish 2000 Guineas)

 

117.1 (9th St. James’s Palace)

Little Mike

 

119.7 (3rd Shoemaker Mile)

 

121.9 (1st Arlington Million)

 

115.4 (5th Joe Hirsch Turf Classic)

St Nicholas Abbey

 

123.7 (3rd King George VI & Queen Elizabeth)

 

121.5 (3rd Prix Foy)

 

124.5 (5th Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe)

Dangerous Midge

 

125.6 (Handicap)

 

120.9 (Handicap)

 

122.6 (1st Arc Trial)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A couple of winners failed to register a 120+ Class rating in the last prep, but Magician (124.9) and Little Mike (121.9) distinguished themselves two starts previously.

Top Turf Performers in 2015 Turf field:

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Golden Horn

 

124.2

 

124.8

 

126.7

Found

 

124

 

123.1

 

124.2

Big Blue Kitten

 

121.8

 

122.7

 

123.2

Slumber

 

120.8

 

118.8

 

122.5

The Pizza Man

 

120.4

 

122.9

 

122.4

Twilight Eclipse

 

120.7

 

121.6

 

122.4

Big John B

 

119.3

 

121

 

120.5

Red Rifle

 

121.1

 

123.1

 

119.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s the Euros race to lose. Arc winner Golden Horn towers over rivals and the Irish-based sophomore filly Found received a 124.2 Class rating for her English Champions S. second last time, which is at least a full point better than the numbers Big Blue Kitten recorded winning the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and United Nations and finishing a neck second in the Arlington Million.

Mile

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Karakontie (2014)

 

121 (1st French 2000 Guineas)

 

119.8 (8th French Derby)

 

119 (11th Prix de la Foret)

Wise Dan

 

121.9 (1st Fourstardave)

 

122.9 (1st Woodbine Mile)

 

121.5 (2nd Shadwell Turf Mile)

Wise Dan

 

123.8 (1st Fourstardave)

 

124.4 (1st Woodbine Mile)

 

122.8 (1st Shadwell Turf Mile)

Court Vision

 

118.1 (9th Woodford Turf Classic)

 

118.2 (4th Colonial Turf Cup

 

119.1 (7th Woodbine Mile)

Goldikova

 

125.7 (1st Prix Rothschild)

 

124.8 (2nd Prix Jacques Le Marois)

 

125.6 (1st Prix de la Foret)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karakontie posted a 30-1 upset last year but had excuses in his two previous outings, with the 1 5/16-mile French Derby being too long a distance and an e`xtremely troubled trip in the Prix de la Foret. His 121 three starts previously proved to be more telling.

Top Performers in 2015 Mile field:

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Make Believe

 

123.6

 

115.6

 

124.1

Esoterique

 

122.2

 

123.8

 

122.7

Tepin

 

120.7

 

119.9

 

122.6

Grand Arch

 

118.8

 

121.2

 

122.5

Tourist

 

118.8

 

121.5

 

122.1

Time Test

 

122.1

 

121.6

 

121.7

Impassable

 

118.2

 

120.7

 

121.6

Mondialiste

 

123.3

 

123.2

 

121.3

Lea

 

123.8

 

120.4

 

120.8

Mshawish

 

119.9

 

N/A (Dubai race)

 

120.3

Obviously

 

119.2

 

121.4

 

120.1

Karakontie

 

123.1

 

120.2

 

119.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trainer Andre Fabre has a strong one-two punch with the 3-year-old colt Make Believe, who registered an outstanding 124.1 Class rating for his Prix de la Foret victory last-out; and the 5-year-old mare Esoterique, who received a big number (123.8) for a Group 1 tally two starts back. There is plenty of parity among the rest.

Filly & Mare Turf

Winner

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Dayatthespa (2014)

 

119.5 (2nd De La Rose)

 

118.9 (1st Yaddo)

 

120.8 (1st First Lady)

Dank

 

122.5 (3rd Duke of Cambridge)

 

122.3 (1st Kilboy Estate)

 

123.1 (1st Beverly D)

Zagora

 

120.5 (3rd Diana)

 

121 (1st Ballston Spa)

 

121.8 (2nd Flower Bowl)

Perfect Shirl

 

119.2 (3rd Matchmaker)

 

117.4 (3rd Belle Mahone)

 

119.2 (2nd Canadian)

Shared Account

 

119.4 (1st All Along)

 

120.1 (2nd Diana)

 

119.1 (5th Flower Bowl)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Filly & Mare Turf has featured its share of upsets, with lower Class ratings proving no impediment for Shared Account (46-1) and Perfect Shirl (27-1), but Dank became the first winning favorite in seven years when scoring in 2013 and Dayathtespa and Zagora brought improving numbers into the race.

Top Performers in 2015 Filly & Mare Turf field:

Horse

 

3 Starts Back

 

2 Starts Back

 

Last Race

Legatissimo

 

123.1

 

122.9

 

124.6

Stephanie’s Kitten

 

119

 

120.5

 

122.8

Secret Gesture

 

122.7

 

121

 

121.6

Irish Rookie

 

122

 

118

 

121.2

Miss France

 

121.8

 

120.2

 

121.1

Bawina

 

120.9

 

122.8

 

120

Queen’s Jewel

 

123.9

 

118.1

 

120

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A star in England and France, Legatissimo registered a 124.6 Class rating last time that stands out among competitors.

Brisnet.com has the Breeders’ Cup PPs files available for all 13 races — 4 on Breeders’ Cup Friday (30th) and 9 on Breeders’ Cup Saturday (31).

And check out the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup News & Notes blog for all the news, features & photos in one place!