IN A NUTSHELL: The National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s latest Top Thoroughbred poll was released today, with Wise Dan — winner of this weekend’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch — remaining in the top spot.  Indeed, the top five were identical to last week’s, and this week’s poll included nine of the top 10 from last week.

NEW ARRIVAL: Itsmyluckyday was the poll’s lone new arrival.  The Eddie Plesa trainee, second in the Grade 1 Whitney early in the Saratoga meet, locked down sixth place by taking down Moreno to win the Grade 1 Woodward at meet’s end.  Itsmyluckyday had been 21st in the prior poll.

FILLIES:  Two fillies are on the list: Close Hatches, the overwhelming winner of the Grade 1 Personal Ensign on Travers weekend, and three-year-old Untapable, whose lone defeat in five starts came against males in the Grade 1 Haskell Invitational.

UNCERTAIN: Five different horses received at least two votes for first place in the poll.  Wise Dan’s 28 votes were the most, followed by six for Shared Belief.

SOPHOMORES: Four of the top 10 — Shared Belief, California Chrome, Wicked Strong, and Untapable — are three-year-olds.  The rest are older.



  1. Wise Dan
  2. Shared Belief
  3. California Chrome
  4. Close Hatches
  5. Palace Malice
  6. Itsmyluckyday
  7. Wicked Strong
  8. Moreno
  9. Untapable
  10. Main Sequence

Note: The Racing Biz writers Nick Hahn and Frank Vespe are voters in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.