From a National Thoroughbred Racing Association release

Coming off a one-length win in the Kentucky Derby (G1), American Pharoah has been unanimously voted the clear leader of his division in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results of which were released today. The Pioneerof the Nile colt, a winner of five in a row dating to September, received all 47 first-place votes for 470 points.

Previously undefeated Dortmund (399 points), third in the Derby, held on to the second slot in the Poll while Derby runner-up Firing Line (393) jumped to third.

The top 10 was rounded out by Frosted (315), Materiality (212), Carpe Diem (141), International Star (140), Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Lovely Maria (130), Danzig Moon (118) and Saturday’s Pat Day Mile (G3) winner Competitive Edge (103).

Eligible media cast votes for their top 10 horses, with points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. The NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll is conducted weekly through the Monday following the Belmont Stakes.

In the concurrent NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll open to horses of all ages, Shared Belief once again held onto the top spot with 21 first-place votes and 387 points overall. California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, checked in second with six first-place votes and 356 points, while Derby hero and Triple Crown threat American Pharoah moved up to third, garnering 16 first-place voted and 337 points. Also receiving first-place votes were Constitution (2) and Tonalist (1).

Bayern, the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner who finished last as the favorite in Saturday’s Churchill Downs Stakes (G2), did not receive any first-place votes and fell out of the top 10. Finnegan’s Wake, winner of the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) on the Derby undercard, debuted in the eighth slot.

Scored following the same points system as the Top 3-Year-Old Poll, the Top Thoroughbred Poll is conducted weekly through the Monday following the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

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  1. Shared Belief
  2. California Chrome
  3. American Pharoah
  4. Main Sequence
  5. Constitution
  6. Tonalist
  7. Lea
  8. Finnegan’s Wake
  9. Firing Line
  10. Moreno[/column]
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  1. American Pharoah
  2. Dortmund
  3. Firing Line
  4. Frosted
  5. Materiality
  6. Carpe Diem
  7. International Star
  8. Lovely Maria
  9. Danzig Moon
  10. Competitive Edge[/column]

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