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2004 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings

The 2004 World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings was the inaugural edition of the World Thoroughbred Racehorse Rankings. It is an assessment of racehorses which was issued by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) in January 2005. It includes horses aged three or older which raced or were trained during 2004 in countries where the flat racing year runs from January 1 to December 31. These countries are generally in the Northern Hemisphere.

The ratings represent a weight value in pounds, with higher values given to horses which showed greater ability. It is judged that these weights would equalize the abilities of the horses if carried in a theoretical handicap race. The list includes all horses rated 115 or above, and it also shows the surface and the distances at which the rating was achieved.

The highest rating in the 2004 season was 130, which was given to the performance of Ghostzapper in the Breeders' Cup Classic. In total, 162 horses were included in the list.

Full rankings for 2004

  • Country foaled – Horse names are followed by a suffix indicating the country where foaled.
  • Age – The ages shown for horses foaled in the Northern Hemisphere are as of their universal date of increase, January 1, 2004. The ages of horses born in the Southern Hemisphere are taken from their equivalent date, August 1, 2004.
  • Sex – The following abbreviations are used:
    • CColt – Ungelded male horse up to four-years-old.
    • FFilly – Female horse up to four-years-old.
    • HHorse – Ungelded male horse over four-years-old.
    • MMare – Female horse over four-years-old.
    • GGelding – Gelded male horse of any age.

Rank

Rating

Horse

Age

Sex

Trained

Surface

Distance (m)

1 130 Ghostzapper (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 2,000
2 128 Smarty Jones (USA) 3 C United States Dirt 1,900
3 127 Doyen (IRE) 4 C Great Britain Turf 2,400
4 126 Bago (FR) 3 C France Turf 2,400
4 126 Pleasantly Perfect (USA) 6 H United States Dirt 2,000
6 125 Cherry Mix (FR) 3 C France Turf 2,400
7 124 Haafhd (GB) 3 C Great Britain Turf 2,000
7 124 Medaglia d'Oro (USA) 5 H United States Dirt 2,000
9 123 Azamour (IRE) 3 C Ireland Turf 2,000
9 123 Grey Swallow (IRE) 3 C Ireland Turf 2,400
9 123 Pico Central (BRZ) 5 H United States Dirt 1,200
9 123 Rakti (GB) 5 H Great Britain Turf 1,600
9 123 Roses in May (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 2,000
9 123 Sulamani (IRE) 5 H Great Britain Turf 2,000
15 122 Kitten's Joy (USA) 3 C United States Turf 2,400
15 122 Lucky Story (USA) 3 C Great Britain Turf 1,600
15 122 North Light (IRE) 3 C Great Britain Turf 2,400
15 122 Southern Image (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,800 / 1,900
15 122 Speightstown (USA) 6 H United States Dirt 1,200
15 122 Zenno Rob Roy (JPN) 4 C Japan Turf 2,400
21 121 Better Talk Now (USA) 5 H United States Turf 2,400
21 121 Norse Dancer (IRE) 4 C Great Britain Turf 2,000
21 121 Refuse to Bend (IRE) 4 C Great Britain Turf 1,600 / 2,000
24 120 Acropolis (IRE) 3 C Ireland Turf 2,400
24 120 Birdstone (USA) 3 C United States Dirt 2,000 / 2,400
24 120 Durandal (JPN) 5 H Japan Turf 1,600
24 120 Hard Buck (BRZ) 5 H United States Turf 2,400
24 120 Ouija Board (GB) 3 F Great Britain Turf 2,400
24 120 Powerscourt (GB) 4 C Ireland Turf 2,000
24 120 Rule of Law (USA) 3 C Great Britain Turf 2,900
24 120 Tap Dance City (USA) 7 H Japan Turf 2,200
24 120 Tycoon (GB) 3 C Ireland Turf 2,400
24 120 Warrsan (IRE) 6 H Great Britain Turf 2,000
34 119 Papineau (GB) 4 C Great Britain Turf 4,000
34 119 Peace Rules (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,800 / 2,000
34 119 Perfect Drift (USA) 5 H United States Dirt 1,800 / 2,000
34 119 Saint Liam (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,800
34 119 Shirocco (GER) 3 C Germany Turf 2,400
34 119 Soviet Song (IRE) 4 F Great Britain Turf 1,600
34 119 Vinnie Roe (IRE) 6 H Ireland Turf 2,800 / 3,200
41 118 Attraction (GB) 3 F Great Britain Turf 1,600
41 118 Azeri (USA) 6 M United States Dirt 1,800
41 118 Bachelor Duke (USA) 3 C Great Britain Turf 1,600
41 118 Bandari (IRE) 5 H Great Britain Turf 2,400
41 118 Electrocutionist (USA) 3 C Italy Turf 2,400
41 118 Gamut (IRE) 5 H Great Britain Turf 2,400
41 118 Kela (USA) 6 H United States Dirt 1,200 / 1,400
41 118 Let the Lion Roar (GB) 3 C Great Britain Turf 2,400
41 118 Midas Eyes (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,400
41 118 Nayyir (GB) 6 H Great Britain Turf 1,600
41 118 Sightseek (USA) 5 M United States Dirt 1,800
41 118 Singletary (USA) 4 C United States Turf 1,600
41 118 Snow Ridge (IRE) 3 C Great Britain Turf 1,600
41 118 Somnus (GB) 4 G Great Britain Turf 1,400
41 118 Westerner (GB) 5 H France Turf 3,100
41 118 Whipper (USA) 3 C France Turf 1,600
57 117 Ancient World (USA) 4 G Great Britain Turf 1,600
57 117 Antonius Pius (USA) 3 C Ireland Turf 1,600
57 117 Ashado (USA) 3 F United States Dirt 1,800
57 117 Chic (GB) 4 F Great Britain Turf 1,600
57 117 Chorist (GB) 5 M Great Britain Turf 2,000
57 117 Cosmo Bulk (JPN) 3 C Japan Turf 2,400
57 117 Diamond Green (FR) 3 C France Turf 1,600
57 117 Egerton (GER) 3 C Germany Turf 2,400
57 117 Epalo (GER) 5 H Germany Turf 2,000
57 117 Kicken Kris (USA) 4 C United States Turf 2,000
57 117 King Kamehameha (JPN) 3 C Japan Turf 1,600 / 2,400
57 117 Latice (IRE) 3 F France Turf 2,100
57 117 Lion Heart (USA) 3 C United States Dirt 2,000
57 117 Magistretti (USA) 4 C United States Turf 2,400
57 117 Millenary (GB) 7 H Great Britain Turf 2,800 / 3,600
57 117 Mr Dinos (IRE) 5 H Great Britain Turf 3,200
57 117 Mubtaker (USA) 7 H Great Britain Turf 2,600
57 117 Quiff (GB) 3 F Great Britain Turf 2,400
57 117 Russian Rhythm (USA) 4 F Great Britain Turf 1,600
57 117 Simonas (IRE) 5 H Germany Turf 2,400
57 117 Special Ring (USA) 7 H United States Turf 1,800
57 117 Total Impact (CHI) 6 H United States Dirt 2,000
57 117 Touch of Land (FR) 4 C France Turf 2,000
57 117 Var (USA) 5 H Great Britain Turf 1,000
57 117 Voix du Nord (FR) 3 C France Turf 2,100
82 116 Adoration (USA) 5 M United States Dirt 1,800
82 116 Alexander Goldrun (IRE) 3 F Ireland Turf 2,000
82 116 Altieri (GB) 6 H Italy Turf 2,000
82 116 Bayamo (IRE) 5 H United States Turf 1,800
82 116 Blue Canari (FR) 3 C France Turf 2,400
82 116 Delta Blues (JPN) 3 C Japan Turf 2,400
82 116 Funny Cide (USA) 4 G United States Dirt 2,000
82 116 Grey Lilas (IRE) 3 F France Turf 1,600
82 116 Ikhtyar (IRE) 4 C Great Britain Turf 2,000
82 116 Intendant (GER) 3 C Germany Turf 2,000
82 116 Meteor Storm (GB) 5 H United States Turf 2,000
82 116 Millemix (FR) 3 C France Turf 2,100
82 116 Mister Monet (IRE) 3 C Great Britain Turf 2,000 / 2,100
82 116 Mr O'Brien (IRE) 5 H United States Turf 1,600 / 2,200
82 116 Policy Maker (IRE) 4 C France Turf 2,400
82 116 Prince Kirk (FR) 4 C Italy Turf 1,800
82 116 Silk Famous (JPN) 5 H Japan Turf 2,200 / 2,400
82 116 Soldier Hollow (GB) 4 C Germany Turf 2,000
82 116 Stroll (USA) 4 C United States Turf 1,800
82 116 Strong Hope (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,400
82 116 Tsurumaru Boy (JPN) 6 H Japan Turf 1,600
82 116 Valixir (IRE) 3 C France Turf 2,000 / 2,400
104 115 Admire Don (JPN) 5 H Japan Dirt 1,600 / 2,000
104 115 American Post (GB) 3 C France Turf 1,600
104 115 Artie Schiller (USA) 3 C United States Turf 1,800 / 2,000
104 115 Ashdown Express (IRE) 5 H Great Britain Turf 1,200 / 1,400
104 115 Bahamian Pirate (USA) 9 G Great Britain Turf 1,000
104 115 Bluesthestandard (USA) 7 G United States Dirt 1,200
104 115 Cacique (IRE) 3 C France Turf 2,000
104 115 Cape of Good Hope (GB) 6 H Hong Kong Turf 1,000
104 115 Calstone Light O (JPN) 6 H Japan Turf 1,200
104 115 Designed for Luck (USA) 7 G United States Turf 1,600
104 115 Dynever (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,800
104 115 Ema Bovary (CHI) 5 M United States Dirt 1,200
104 115 Even the Score (USA) 6 H United States Dirt 1,800
104 115 Evening Attire (USA) 6 G United States Dirt 2,000
104 115 Execute (FR) 7 H France Turf 2,100
104 115 Film Maker (USA) 4 F United States Turf 2,200
104 115 Firebreak (GB) 5 H Great Britain Dirt / Turf 1,400 / 1,600
104 115 Groom Tesse (GB) 3 C Italy Turf 2,400
104 115 Ingrandire (JPN) 5 H Japan Turf 3,200
104 115 Intercontinental (GB) 4 F United States Turf 1,600
104 115 Island Fashion (USA) 4 F United States Dirt 1,400 / 2,000
104 115 Lincoln (JPN) 4 C Japan Turf 2,200
104 115 Lundy's Liability (BRZ) 4 C United States Dirt 1,800
104 115 Lune d'Or (FR) 3 F France Turf 2,000
104 115 Maraahel (IRE) 3 C Great Britain Turf 2,900
104 115 Midway Road (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,900
104 115 Mikado (GB) 3 C Ireland Turf 2,900
104 115 Millionaia (IRE) 3 F France Turf 2,100
104 115 My Cousin Matt (USA) 5 G United States Dirt 1,200
104 115 Narita Century (JPN) 5 H Japan Turf 2,400
104 115 Nothing to Lose (USA) 4 C United States Turf 1,600
104 115 Oriental Magic (IRE) 4 C GB / HK Turf 2,000
104 115 Our New Recruit (USA) 5 H United States Dirt 1,200
104 115 Paolini (GER) 7 H Germany Turf 1,777
104 115 Passing Glance (GB) 5 H Great Britain Turf 1,700
104 115 Patavellian (IRE) 6 G Great Britain Turf 1,200
104 115 Percussionist (IRE) 3 C Great Britain Turf 2,400
104 115 Phoenix Reach (IRE) 4 C Great Britain Turf 2,400
104 115 Pivotal Point (GB) 4 G Great Britain Turf 1,200
104 115 Pohave (USA) 6 G United States Dirt 1,200
104 115 Polish Summer (GB) 7 H France Turf 2,400
104 115 Prospect Park (GB) 3 C France Turf 2,400
104 115 Purge (USA) 3 C United States Dirt 1,800
104 115 Read the Footnotes (USA) 3 C United States Dirt 1,800
104 115 Request for Parole (USA) 5 H United States Turf 2,200 / 2,400
104 115 Sabiango (GER) 6 H United States Turf 2,000
104 115 Salselon (GB) 5 H Great Britain Turf 1,600
104 115 Senex (GER) 4 C Germany Turf 2,400
104 115 Society Selection (USA) 3 F United States Dirt 2,000
104 115 Star over the Bay (USA) 6 G United States Turf 2,000
104 115 Sweet Return (GB) 4 C United States Turf 1,600 / 1,800
104 115 Tante Rose (IRE) 4 F Great Britain Turf 1,200
104 115 Telegnosis (JPN) 5 H Japan Turf 1,600
104 115 Ten Most Wanted (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,800
104 115 The Cliff's Edge (USA) 3 C United States Dirt 1,800 / 2,000
104 115 The Tatling (IRE) 7 G Great Britain Turf 1,000
104 115 Time Paradox (JPN) 6 H Japan Dirt 2,100
104 115 Vallee Enchantee (IRE) 4 F France Turf 2,400
104 115 Wonder Again (USA) 5 M United States Turf 1,800 / 2,200

Certain horses may have also recorded a lesser rating over a distance different to that listed above. The IFHA publishes this information when the lower rating represents the overall top performance in a particular category. There were seven such additional ratings for this season:

Rating

Horse

Age

Sex

Trained

Surface

Distance (m)

+ 123 Ghostzapper (USA) 4 C United States Dirt 1,800
+ 122 Haafhd (GB) 3 C Great Britain Turf 1,600
+ 118 Smarty Jones (USA) 3 C United States Dirt 1,800
+ 117 Azeri (USA) 6 M United States Dirt 2,000
+ 116 Quiff (GB) 3 F Great Britain Turf 2,900
+ 115 Ashado (USA) 3 F United States Dirt 2,000
+ 115 Azeri (USA) 6 M United States Dirt 1,200

Top ranked horses

The tables below show the top ranked horses overall, the top fillies and mares, and the top three-year-olds in the 2004 Rankings. They also show the top performers in various subdivisions of each group, which are defined by the distances of races, and the surfaces on which they are run. The IFHA recognizes five distance categories — Sprint, Mile, Intermediate, Long and Extended — identified by the acronym "SMILE". These are framed as follows:

  • Sprint: 1,000–1,300m (1,000–1,599m for races in Canada and the United States)
  • Mile: 1,301–1,899m (1,600–1,899m for races in Canada and the United States)
  • Intermediate: 1,900–2,100m
  • Long: 2,101–2,700m
  • Extended: 2,701m +

All Horses

All Surfaces

Dirt

Turf

All Distances 130 – Ghostzapper 130 – Ghostzapper 127 – Doyen
Sprint 123 – Pico Central 123 – Pico Central 117 – Var
Mile 123 – Ghostzapper
123 – Rakti
123 – Ghostzapper 123 – Rakti
Intermediate 130 – Ghostzapper 130 – Ghostzapper 124 – Haafhd
Long 127 – Doyen 120 – Birdstone 127 – Doyen
Extended 120 – Rule of Law not listed 120 – Rule of Law

Fillies and Mares

All Surfaces Dirt Turf
All Distances 120 – Ouija Board 118 – Azeri
118 – Sightseek
120 – Ouija Board
Sprint 115 – Azeri
115 – Ema Bovary
115 – Island Fashion
115 – Tante Rose
115 – Azeri
115 – Ema Bovary
115 – Island Fashion
115 – Tante Rose
Mile 119 – Soviet Song 118 – Azeri
118 – Sightseek
119 – Soviet Song
Intermediate 117 – Azeri
117 – Chorist
117 – Latice
117 – Azeri 117 – Chorist
117 – Latice
Long 120 – Ouija Board not listed 120 – Ouija Board
Extended 116 – Quiff not listed 116 – Quiff

Three-Year-Olds

All Surfaces Dirt Turf
All Distances 128 – Smarty Jones 128 – Smarty Jones 126 – Bago
Sprint not listed not listed not listed
Mile 122 – Haafhd
122 – Lucky Story
118 – Smarty Jones 122 – Haafhd
122 – Lucky Story
Intermediate 128 – Smarty Jones 128 – Smarty Jones 124 – Haafhd
Long 126 – Bago 120 – Birdstone 126 – Bago
Extended 120 – Rule of Law not listed 120 – Rule of Law

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