Thoroughbred Rankings Revised, Zenyatta Still Tops Rachel

It was revealed at the World Thoroughbred Rankings press conference in London, England on Jan. 12 that Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra, instead of being fourth and fifth, respectively, in the final global standings for 2009, should really be third and fourth.

Zenyatta's official rating of 128 should increase 131 because the general fillies' allowance of three pounds has been stripped out. Similarly, Rachel Alexandra's official rating of 127 should rise to 130 to reflect normal race conditions.

This would mean that European 3-year-old colt Sea The Stars would remain the top-rated in the world on 136, but French filly Goldikova would jump to 133 (from 130), followed by Zenyatta and Rachel Alexandra.

Two Irish 3-year-old colts, Rip Van Winkle (129) and Fame And Glory (128), would then drop back to fifth and sixth, respectively.

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