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).



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

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