IN A NUTSHELL: The just-concluded Breeders’ Cup led to substantial shuffling of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, with Turf winner Main Sequence, owner of four Grade 1 victories this season, earning the top spot.
NINE OUTTA TEN AIN’T BAD: Nine of 10 horses listed in the final poll participated in the Breeders’ Cup races; the lone exception was defending Horse of the Year Wise Dan, who was injured.
WINNING: Five of 10 horses listed won a Breeders’ Cup race this past weekend. In addition to the aforementioned Wise Dan, the exceptions were California Chrome, Shared Belief, Tonalist, and Palace Malice. The first three ran three-four-five in the Classic.
OR NOT: Only one horse on the top 10 lost more races than he won this year: Dirt Mile winner Goldencents, who won two of five starts. The group as a whole won 44 of 62 starts.
FROM THE CLOUDS: One runner, Work All Week, did not receive a single vote in the prior poll; he is tenth in the final poll, however, after scoring an upset in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
SPLITTING THE VOTE: Six different horses received at least one first-place vote. They were Main Sequence (20), Bayern (13), California Chrome (5), Wise Dan (5), Untapable (4), Shared Belief (1).
A TRUE CLASSIC: Four horses that contested the Breeders’ Cup Classic finished in the top 10: Bayern, who won; California Chrome (3rd), Shared Belief (4th), and Tonalist (5th).
WE DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ TURF (EXCEPT MAYBE A LITTLE): Only two horses that compete primarily on turf showed up in the last top 10. But those two — Main Sequence and Wise Dan — finished first and sixth, respectively, and and garnered the most and third-most first place votes.
AGE AND SEX: The list includes five three-year-olds (Shared Belief, California Chrome, Bayern, Untapable, and Tonalist) and just one female (Untapable). Oddly, four of the top five vote-getters in the also-receiving-votes range were females.
NTRA TOP THOROUGHBRED POLL
- Main Sequence
- California Chrome
- Shared Belief
- Wise Dan
- Palace Malice
- Work All Week
Note: The Racing Biz writers Nick Hahn and Frank Vespe are voters in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.