World’s Best Racehorses Honored

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on December 9, 2013

Based on performance in selected races, three horses are chosen each year as Longines World’s Best Racehorses. The top three racehorses for 2013 were honored at the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Ceremony held in Hong Kong on December 6. Black Caviar (Australia) and Treve (France) tied for first place, with Wise Dan (United States) taking third place.

Foaled August 18, 2006, at Gilgai Farm in Australia’s Victoria State, Black Caviar was trained by Peter Moody and ridden for all but three of her races by Luke Nolen. The Thoroughbred mare set a record of being undefeated in 25 races, and was named WTRR World Champion Sprinter in three consecutive years – 2010, 2011 and 2012. After winning the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick, Black Caviar went into retirement on April 17, 2013, and in October 2013 it was announced that she is in foal by Exceed and Excel. No doubt fans will be keen to follow the career of the offspring of this legendary champion.

French Thoroughbred racehorse Treve was foaled on April 7, 2010. With Epsom Derby winner Motivator, as her sire, Montejeu as her grandsire and Anabaa as her damsire, racing is in her genes, and yet, when she was put up for auction, no one bid for her and Treve was re-purchased by the breeder Haras du Quesnay. So far, Treve has won all five of her races, with her biggest win being the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in October 2013. She is trained by leading female racehorse trainer Criquette Head-Maarek and has been ridden by jockeys Thierry Jarnet and Frankie Dettori. Treve was voted Horse of the Year and Champion Three-year-old Filly at the 2013 Cartier Racing Awards, and now has the Longines World’s Best Racehorse award to add to her growing list of achievements.

Winner of 15 Graded stakes races, Wise Dan was foaled in Kentucky on February 20, 2007. He won his first race, the Phoenix Stakes, in 2010, but was beaten in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint soon after that. However, in 2011 he won two Grade II races and won the Grade I Clark Handicap in November of that year. After winning four more races in 2012, Wise Dan was counted among North America’s mostl highly rated racehorses. His 2013 season included winning the Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes at Keeneland, the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, the Fourstardave Handicap, and the Woodbine Mile, where he set a new track record of 1:31.75. He’s last victory for the season was the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

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