Charting North America's best dirt routers

The Daily Dan for Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Tuesdays at the Track:  This week's rankings


The Study of Sports Network has been charting older male routers since the start of 2013.  The result of the list below were anyone with a graded stakes victory since that time who is still in training has been ranked.  We’ll let the list speak for itself, but we would also like to explain how the list has been developed and how it will continue to evolve moving forward.


Who gets ranked


-Any horse 4-years old or older who wins an open company, graded stakes race of one mile or more AND around two turns will be immediately added to the rankings the next Tuesday unless that horse has shipped from outside the United States or Canada without intentions of remaining in North America to continue training.

-In the event a graded race is taken off the turf, a decision about whether to rank the winner will be made internally, on a case-by-case basis, and the decision will be final.

-A 3-year old who beats older horses will become ranked the first Tuesday after turning 4 providing none of the conditions for being dropped have been met.

-Horses will remain ranked until meeting one of the following conditions:


-Grade I winners will remain ranked for the remainder of the calendar year.

-Retired or deceased horses who have not won Grade I races in the current calendar year will remain ranked for one week after becoming inactive and then be dropped from the rankings the following week.

-A horse who runs in three consecutive non-stakes races will be dropped from the rankings the Tuesday after the third such race.  These horses may be returned to the rankings upon re-entering stakes company and will be handled internally on a case-by-case basis.

-A horse who runs three consecutive races Out of Division—the conditions for which are listed below—and who has not won a Grade I race I the current calendar year will be dropped from the rankings the Tuesday after the third such race.  These horses may be returned to the rankings upon re-entering the division and will be handled internally on a case-by-case basis.

-Any horse who does not work for a period of one year may be removed from the rankings.  These decisions will be handled internally on a case-by-case basis.


All ranked horses will be assigned one of the following statuses:


-In Training (IT):  horse is currently in training

-On the Shelf (OTS):  horse is currently injured or taking a break from training; when not specifically notes horses will be moved to this status after two months pass without a race or workout.

-On the Worktab (OTW):  horse has resumed working after being On the Shelf.

-Out of Division (OD):  horse’s most recent race was outside division; one-turn miles, while not grounds for becoming ranked, will not be considered races Out of Division for horses already ranked; female horses will be considered Out of Division if they participate in a race restricted to fillies and mares.

-Retired (RET):  horse has been retired from racing

-Deceased (DEC):  horse is deceased

-Europe (EUR):  horse is based in Europe or other jurisdiction outside the United States or Canada.

-Missing in Action (MIA):  horse’s status is unknown.


A weekly column about horse racing will accompany the rankings each week.

Other thoughts, news, happenings, and tid-bits

NHL:  The Hurricanes fired a shot in the muddled Eastern Conference playoff race by scoring three unanswered goals in the 3rd period to beat the Blue Jackets 3-2.  The result vaulted the Canes from 6th to 3rd in the Metropolitan—over the Devils, Flyers, and Blue Jackets.  The Jackets dropped out of a playoff position and are now 1 point off the Red Wings for the final spot in the conference.  The Staal brothers carried the Hurricanes.  Eric potted two goals in a minute to tie and Jordan hit the game-winner 107 seconds after that.


NBA:  Score one for the strategy of taking an easy two and making the other team work instead of putting up a hasty three to try and tie a game.  Trailing by three the Raptors went to the hole and got an easy lay-up for John Salmons.  The Nets followed by calling a 20-second timeout but Deron Williams’s inbounds pass was stolen by Patrick Patterson who proceeded to nail the game-winning jump shot to give the Raptors a 104-103 win.  The Raptors now lead the Nets by 2-1/2 games in the Atlantic Division and they are the only team to beat the Nets this month (10-2.)


NBA:  The Jazz beat the Kings on Monday to move off the bottom of the Western Conference for the first time since they stumbled out of the blocks.  But after starting 1-14 the Jazz are 15-15 since.  The Kings were again without DeMarcus Cousins (sprained ankle) and Rudy Gay (strained Achilles) as they droped to a conference worst 15-29.

Stats Corner

NBA:  Kevin Durant scored 13 of his 41 points in the 4th quarter, the last two of which won the game against the Hawks in the dying seconds.  Durant’s streak of 11 straight games scoring at least 30 points in an 11-year high in the NBA.  The last streak longer than 11 was Tracy McGrady’s 14 straight in Spring 2003.  The Thunder are 9-2 during the streak.


NHL:  Sidney Crosby’s two assists against the Sabres moved him to level with Joe Thornton on 47 and the league lead.


NHL:  Jonathan Quick shutout the Sharks 1-0 on Monday, the 9th shutout this season for the Kings.  Quick became the third Kings’ goalie this season to record three shutouts.  Ben Scrivens did it first while subbing when Quick was injured, but Scrivens was replaced by Martin Jones who had three shutouts of his own before Quick came back.  Scrivens has since been traded to the Oilers for a 3rd Round pick.

The Archive
1/27: Wawrinka wins Aussie Open
1/28: Charting older dirt routers
1/29: Media Day overwhelms, underwhelms
1/30: Mickelson will play
1/31: Super Bowl highlights weekend
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