April 12, 2014, USA ~ Just a Way, a son of Heart’s Cry, is the top rated race horse at 130 in rankings compiled by the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings Committee and published by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Just A Way (2009) won the Meydan Dubai Duty Free on March 29, 2014, by over 6 lengths and is owned by Aksatsuki Yamatoya of Japan and trained by Naosuke Sugai. Japan takes two in the top 10 horses, while the USA has three in ratings from 125-121.
LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings
Rank Horse Rating
1 JUST A WAY (JPN) 130 JPN
2 GAME ON DUDE (USA) 125 USA
3 MILITARY ATTACK (IRE) (ex Rave) 124 HK
4 AFRICAN STORY (GB) 123 UAE
4 AKEED MOFEED (GB) 123 HK
4 WILL TAKE CHARGE (USA) 123 USA
7 CALIFORNIA CHROME (USA) 122 USA
8 KIZUNA (JPN) 121 JPN
8 LANKAN RUPEE (AUS) 121 AUS
8 LEA (USA) 121 USA
The LONGINES World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is horse racing’s equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings. The LONGINES Rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand. The ratings are compiled under the auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) by racing officials & handicappers representing the five continents who compile the ranking order by agreeing on the rating for each horse. The ratings are based on the performance of horses in elite races held during the designated period which takes in account the quality of opposition and achievements of each horse. Throughout the year the Longines Rankings are published at regular intervals and the consolidated annual rankings are released in January. The annual rankings denote the champions in the various distance categories for example sprint or mile, surface either turf or dirt/artificial and also the fillies & mares category.