Bolt d’Oro, a multiple Grade 1 winner, and Good Magic, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1, were both assigned the high weight of 126 pounds to top The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings, formerly known as the Experimental Free Handicap, for 2017. The highest weighted filly, at 123 pounds, was Caledonia Road, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1.
The Jockey Club’s Annual Top 2-Year-Old Rankings are a weight-based assessment of the previous year’s leading 2-year-olds, with the weights compiled for a hypothetical race at a mile and a sixteenth. This year’s list of eligible horses to be weighted included all 2-year-olds of 2017 that started in graded or listed stakes races run in the United States and Canada. Out of the eligible 245 males and 215 fillies, a total of 135* males and 119 fillies were assigned weights. Five Maryland-breds, three colts and two fillies, made the lists.
The highest-weighted Maryland-breds, tied at 109 pounds on the list for males, were V. I. P. Code and Whereshetoldmetogo.
V. I. P. Code, bred and owned by Everest Stables Inc. by City Zip out of Oro Blanco, by Hold for Gold, was second in Aqueduct’s Awad Stakes in October. Whereshetoldmetogo (El Padrino—Undisputed Legend, by Domestic Dispute), bred by David H. Wade and winner of the First State Dash Stakes at Delaware Park, qualified for the rankings when second in Gulfstream Park’s Smooth Air Stakes. Weighted at 104 pounds was For Him, a son of Violence out of Diva Girl (by Saint Ballado) bred by Alan S. Kline. He finished fourth in the Grade 1 Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity.
The top-ranked Maryland-bred filly at 101 pounds was Limited View. The daughter of Freedom Child—Loves to Glance, by Not For Love, bred by Barbara G. Smith won the Maryland Million Lassie and Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, and qualified for inclusion by competing in a graded stakes at Saratoga. Graded stakes-placed Southampton Way was weighted at 100 pounds. Bred by Sagamore Farm, the Into Mischief filly out of the Not For Love mare Roadtohanna was second in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga and Arlington-Washington Lassie at Arlington Park.
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