Nyquist was given a weight of 126 as the highest weighted 2-year-old on the list, beating out highweighted filly Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) by one point. Overall, Uncle Mo had four of the top 50 horses on the Experimental Free Handicap, including the seventh highest rated filly in Gomo.
The only stallion to have more than one horse in the Top 10 was Bernardini (A.P. Indy), whose Greenpointcrusader and Rachel’s Valentina were both rated 120. Rachel Valentina’s 120 rating made her the second highest weighted filly in the rankings. Notably, Medaglia d’Oro (El Prado) is the sire of the highest weighted filly in the rankings and the damsire of the second highest weighted filly.
Birdstone’s (Grindstone) Swipe gave his sire the third highest weighted horse when he came in with a 124. Swipe finished second to Nyquist in four graded stakes, including three consecutive Grade 1 races, in 2015. Another notable name with a smaller stud fee in the top 10 was Colonel John (Tiznow), whose multiple graded stakes winner Airoforce was rated 120. After those two stallions, who stand for $5,000 and $7,500 respectively, the next cheapest is Uncle Mo himself.
Overall, 23 sires have at least one 2-year-old weighted in the Top 30 on the list.
Behind Uncle Mo, Tapit and the late Scat Daddy (Johannesburg) are tied for the second-most 2-year-olds on the list with eight each. Tapit’s highest rated is the Eclipse 2-year-old colt finalist Mohaymen at 119 while Scat Daddy’s is the filly Nickname at 118.
Behind Nickname, Scat Daddy had a diverse group rated with his horses weighted from 105 (Arabian Leopard) to 118. While his two highest weighted 2-year-olds were fillies, he had a pretty even breakdown of colts and fillies with four of each. His highest weighted colts were Grade 2 winner Azar, who earned a ranking of 114 to tie with Grade 2 winner Conquest Daddyo.
While there were quite a few names listed as broodmare sires for those weighted, Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) was responsible for the most with seven of his daughters having a 2-year-old on the list. The stallion, who died in 2013, only sired one weighted horse with Unbridled Outlaw getting a weight of of 105. However, his highest rated as a damsire is the Distorted Humor filly Lucky Folie who won the Desi Arnaz Stakes at Del Mar for a rating of 109. Those listed with Unbridled’s Song as their damsires have a diverse listing of sires with seven different sires represented.
|The top 20 weighted horses|
Only 49 horses were listed on the European Two-Year-Old Rankings a few weeks ago but that didn’t stop there from being some crossover on the two lists.
The Irish-based Dark Angel (Acclamation), Exceed and Excel (Danehill), Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) and Zoffany (Dansili) and England-based Showcasing (Oasis Dream) all make appearances on both lists with U.S. stallions Kitten’s Joy (El Prado), More Than Ready (who has Nemoralia rated on both lists), Scat Daddy and War Front (Danzig) joining them.
As for what being at the top of the list means for Nyquist and Uncle Mo … seven of the Triple Crown winners have led the Experimental Free Handicap as 2-year-olds and Nyquist ties five of them with his 126 weight, including last year’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile).