IN A NUTSHELL: The latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association looks exactly the same as last week’s. Wise Dan continues to lead the group with a perfect three-for-three seasonal ledger and received 25 of the 37 votes cast.
DEJA VU: This week’s top 10 may look familiar. It is the same horses, in the same order, as last week’s.
WHO’S ON FIRST: Five differen horses received at least one first-place vote, ranging from Wise Dan (25) down to Palace Malice (1).
ONE STRIKE AND…: Palace Malice and Untapable both won their first four starts this season, all in graded company, before running poorly in a single Grade 1 event. They are eighth and ninth on the list.
EXCEPT SOMETIMES: Moreno has a single win from six starts this year, and his season includes a 12th place finish in the G1 Metropolitan Handicap and a fourth in the G3 Pimlico Special. He’s seventh on the list.
AGE AND SEX: The list includes four three-year-olds (Shared Belief, California Chrome, Wicked Strong, and Untapable) and two females (Close Hatches and Untapable).
NTRA TOP THOROUGHBRED POLL
- Wise Dan
- Shared Belief
- California Chrome
- Close Hatches
- Wicked Strong
- Palace Malice
Note: The Racing Biz writers Nick Hahn and Frank Vespe are voters in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.