Golden Horn won the 2015  Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

Golden Horn won the 2015 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

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Arc Named 'World's Best Horse Race'

French race achieved highest overall rating from 2013-15; BC Classic second

The Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) has been deemed the inaugural winner of the Longines World's Best Horse Race by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, the IFHA announced Jan. 19. 
The World's Best Horse Race is based on criteria used by the IFHA for its annual listing of the top 100 group 1 and grade 1 races for 3-year-olds and older. The ranked list was compiled using the annual race ratings, an average of the World's Best Racehorse Rankings ratings of the first four placed horses in each of the past three years. 
The Arc, run each October at Longchamp, achieved the highest rating of 125.75 for the years of 2013-15. Treve, the co-highest rated horse in the world in 2013, won in both 2013 and 2014, while the 2015 edition went to Europe's Horse of the Year Golden Horn.
Second on the top 10 list was the Breeders' Cup Classic (124.33), won this year by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah , who Jan. 19 was named the 2015 World's Best Racehorse, while the Breeders' Cup Turf (122.50) and Irish Champion Stakes, each rated 122.50, to rank a joint-fourth, 

Among other top 10 races, the Juddmonte International Stakes (122.67) ranks third; 6th, Prince of Wales's Stakes (122.25); 7th, Japan Cup (121.25); 8th, Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard-Jacques Le Marois (121.00); 9th, Queen Elizabeth II Cup (120.83); and 10th, Champion Stakes (120.75).

THE WORLD'S GROUP/GRADE ONE RACES  for 3yo's and upwards
  RACE   Track 2013-2015
1 Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe G1 LONGCHAMP 125.75
2 Breeders' Cup Classic G1 VARIOUS 124.33
3 Juddmonte International G1 YORK 122.67
4= LONGINES Breeders' Cup Turf G1 VARIOUS 122.50
4= QIPCO Irish Champion Stakes G1 LEOPARDSTOWN 122.50
6 Prince of Wales's G1 ASCOT 122.25
7 Japan Cup in association with LONGINES G1 TOKYO 121.25
8 Prix du Haras de Fresnay-le-Buffard - Jacques Le Marois G1 DEAUVILLE 121.00
9 AP QEII Cup G1 SHA TIN 120.83
10 QIPCO Champion Stakes G1 ASCOT 120.75

The top-rated races in the five respective distance categories of Sprint, Mile, Intermediate, Long, and Extended are the Darley T.J. Smith Stakes (119.33-Sprint),  Prix du Haras de Fresnay Le Buffard-Jacques Le Marois (121.00-Mile), Breeders' Cup Classic (124.33-Intermediate), Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (125.75-Long), and Tenno Sho (Spring) (118.08-Extended). 

The Belmont Stakes (119.92), took first place as the world's top 3-year-old race for 2013-15, followed by the Kentucky Derby (119.83). The two U.S. classics ranked 17th and 18th on the top 100 list while the Preakness Stakes (117.50) was 53rd.

The top race for fillies and mares is the Qatar Prix Vermeille (117.00). 

Because of a three-way tie for the final spot on the list of Top 100 group I or grade I races, the 2015 edition consists of 102 races. 

Twelve countries comprise this year's list, representing the foremost racing events throughout the world across 39 different racecourses. Australia leads all countries with 23 total races, followed by the United States of America (21), Great Britain (17), France (10), Hong Kong (10), Japan (10), United Arab Emirates (4), Ireland (3), Canada (1), Germany (1), Singapore (1), and South Africa (1).

To access the complete listing of World's Best Horse Races, click here.