Top Brisnet Speed Ratings of 2013
By Dana Byerly, Hello Race Fans Co-founder

We tracked the top Brisnet Speed Ratings weekly through 2013 and, just like last year, it’s time to take a look at the top winning ratings!

Cigar Street topped this year’s Brisnet Speed Ratings with 115 in the Grade 3 Skip Away Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Bright Thought (Grade 2 San Luis Rey Stakes), Delaunay (Duncan F. Kenner Stakes) and Fort Larned (Grade 1 Stephen Foster) were next, each scoring a 114. This year’s top number fell a bit short of last year’s top rating: Flat Out’s 117 in the 2012 Jockey Club Gold Cup, but overall there were some interesting differences from last year.

Top Brisnet Speed Ratings of 2013

By Distance
It should be no surprise that the sprint distance of 6-furlongs on the dirt was the most productive distance again this year. Unlike last year the route distances of 9, 10 and 12-furlongs made up the majority of high ratings with a whopper 10 12-furlong turf performances making the list.

Key = Distance in furlongs – number of performances at distance (surface). D = Dirt, S = Synthetic, T = Turf).
If all performances were over a single surface, only the surface is noted. If the performances were over different surfaces, they are noted by number of performances and surface.

5.5 F – 2 (D)
6 F – 17 (16 D, 1 S)
6.5 F – 2 (D)
7 F – 4 (3 D, 1 S)
7.5 F – 1 (D)
8 F – 6 (4 D, 2 T)
8.5 F – 5 (D)
9 F – 10 D
9.5 F – 3 (D)
10 F – 10 (7 D, 2 S, 1 T)
12 F – 11 (10 T, 1 D)

Here’s a comparison of number of top performances by distance between 2012 and 2013.

Brisnet Ratings by Distance

Game on Dude provided his ownership group with three of the top rated performances of 2013, just like last year. Maggi Moss also notched three of the top spots with Delaunay and My Star Runner.

Diamond Pride LLC, Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC and Schiappa, B. – 3 (Game on Dude)
Maggi Moss – 3 (Delaunay, My Star Runner)
Brous Stable, Wachtel Stable, Hammer, Jack T. and Barber, Gary* – 2 (Ron the Greek)
Drawing Away Stable and Jacobson, David – 2 (Ea, Strapping Groom)
Reeves Thoroughbred Racing – 2 (Mucho Macho Man)
Turtle Bird Stable – 2 (Cluster of Stars)

*Gary Barber is listed only for his September win.

The following sires had multiple winners with Awesome Again topping the list again this year with four performances (three by Game on Dude and one by Oxbow). City Zip and Speightstown each were represented three times.

Key – Sire – number of performances on list (number of horses if more than one).

Awesome Again – 4 (2)
City Zip – 3 (3)
Dynaformer – 2 (2)
First Samurai – 2 (2)
Full Mandate – 2
Greeley’s Galaxy – 2
Henny Hughes – 2 (2)
Macho Uno – 2
Medaglia d’Oro – 3 (3)
Smoke Glacken – 2
Speightstown – 3 (3)
Tiznow – 2 (2)
Unbridled’s Song – 2 (2)

By Track
The performances by track were distributed over 20 tracks (compared to 16 tracks last year) with Gulfstream coming out on top again with 10 (compared to 14 last year) and Santa Anita close behind with 9.

Aqueduct – 6
Assiniboia Downs – 1
Belmont Park – 4
Canterbury Park – 1
Churchill Downs – 7
Del Mar – 2
Delaware Park – 1
Fair Grounds – 4
Gulfstream Park – 10
Hollywood Park – 2
Keeneland – 2
Laurel Park – 2
Monmouth – 2
Mountaineer – 3
Oaklawn Park – 1
Pimlico – 2
Prairie Meadows – 4
Santa Anita – 9
Saratoga – 5
Woodbine – 2

Here’s a comparison of number of top performances by track between 2012 and 2013.

Brisnet Ratings by Track

Bill Mott ruled the roost this year with 7 performances on this list. Last year’s leaders Bafftert and Pletcher came in next with three a piece. It should come as no surprise that those three are up for the 2013 Eclipse Award, to be announced on Saturday.

Thomas Albertrani – 2 (Better Lucky, Twilight Eclipse)
Tom Amoss – 2 (Delaunay)
Steve Asmussen – 3 (Cluster of Stars, Prayer for Relief)
Bob Baffert – 3 (Game on Dude)
Bill Mott – 7 (Amira’s Prince, Cigar Street, Mean Season, Ron the Greek, Royal Delta, Star Harbour)
Bret Calhoun – 2 (Bull Dozer, Triumph and Song)
Tim Glyshaw – 2 (Big Town, Voodoo Storm)
David Jacobson – 2 (Ea, Strapping Groom)
D. Wayne Lukas – 2 (Oxbow, Will Take Charge)
Claude R. McGaughey III – 2 (Orb, Point of Entry)
Katherine Ritvo – 2 (Mucho Macho Man)
Todd Pletcher – 3 (Graydar, Verrazano, Zaikov)
Martin Wolfson – 2 (Devil’s Cave, Swagger Jack)

Other Fun Facts

There were several horses who appeared on the list more than once: Game on Dude (3) Delaunay (2) Cluster of Stars (2) and Mucho Macho Man (2).

Take Charge Lady was the only dam represented by multiple high scoring winners: Take Charge Indy and Will Take Charge.

Ea was the oldest on the list at 9-years-old with Eighttofasttocatch not far behind as a 7-year-old. No juveniles made the list with 4-year-olds dominating to the top spots with 25 of the top performances. Here’s another look at the top ratings by age, 9-year-old and 7-year-old each comprise 1.6% of the total ratings.

2013 Top Brisnet Speed Ratings by Age

That concludes our look at the 2013 Brisnet Speed Ratings! In 2014 we will no longer by publishing the weekly Brisnet Speed Ratings here at Hello Race Fans but look for to start publishing them regularly later in the year (with some cool added features!). In the meantime you can always follow @Brisnet to keep with speed and class ratings!

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