Black Caviar Tops Blame as World's Best

Australian-based filly edges out North American champion.

Australian-based Black Caviar nosed out U.S. champion Blame  as the top-rated horse in the world, based on World Thoroughbred Rankings from Oct. 1, 2010 through March 27, 2011. The Breeders’ Cup Championships and the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) were run during the period covered by the latest rankings.

According to the panel of international handicappers, the Australian filly who defeated males in her three group I wins over the winter was weighted at 130 pounds, one more than Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Blame, the champion older male in the U.S. who has since been retired.

British runner Workforce was third in the rankings at 128 pounds, followed by Japan-based Nakayama Festa and New Zealand’s So You Think, at 127 and 126, respectively. Three runners--TVG Breeders’ Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Goldikova, British-based Twice Over, and North American Horse of the Year Zenyatta were each weighted at 125 pounds. Fly Down and Lookin at Lucky , third and fourth, respectively, in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, shared the 123-pound weighting.

Victoire Pisa, winner of the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), was one of five runners sharing 11th place on the list at 122 pounds.

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