The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) named American Pharoah its Longines World’s Best Racehorse. The win comes on the heels of an earlier Horse of the Year win for American Pharoah at the Eclipse Awards.
American Pharoah’s final 134 rating in the 2015 World’s Best Racehorse rankings is the highest grade since Frankel in 2012, and he is the first North American-based horse to top the standings since Curlin in 2008.
“To see American Pharoah named as the Longines World’s Best Racehorse is an incredible honor and something which means a great deal within the international horse racing industry,” said American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zagat. “It has been a pleasure to be in London to receive this prestigious award and share the company of so many respected figures from the horse racing community. I’ll never have another horse like him, he did so much for the sport.”
Finishing in second behind American Pharoah was Golden Horn, who earned a rating of 130. He also was named Europe’s Horse of the Year. In a tie for third place with 126 points were Treve and the late Shared Belief. The top ten saw an additional four North American-bred horses in addition to American Pharoah and Shared Belief. They each tied for eighth with 123 rating and were: Beholder, Dortmund Firing Line, and Honor Code.
There were a total of 15 North American-based horsed who finished with a 120 or better rating that ranked in the top 50. Click here to see a complete list of the World’s Best Racehorse Rankings.