From a National Thoroughbred Racing Association release
Coming off a seven-length win in the Preakness Stakes (GI), the second jewel of the Triple Crown, 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 six in a row dating to September, received all 43 first-place votes for 430 points.
Stable mate Dortmund (363 points), fourth in the Preakness, held on to the second slot in the Poll while Frosted who sat out the Preakness moved into third with (303 points) and last place finisher in the Preakness Firing Line (271 points) moved down from second to fourth position.
The top 10 was rounded out by Materiality (248), Carpe Diem (176), Lovely Maria (93), Competitive Edge (90), International Star (87), and Divining Rod who came in third in the Preakness Stakes received (64 points).
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 13 first-place votes and 339 points overall. Dual Classic Winner American Pharoah moves up the ladder from third to second place with 22 first place votes for (333 points). California Chrome, the 2014 Horse of the Year, dropped to third with five first-place votes and 317 points. Also receiving first-place votes were Constitution (1); Commissioner (1) and Wise Dan (1).
Also receiving votes were Main Sequence (225 points); Constitution (161 points); Tonalist (161); Lea (127); Finnegans Wake (110); Moreno (105) and Untapable (73).
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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NTRA TOP THOROUGHBRED POLL
- Shared Belief
- American Pharoah
- California Chrome
- Main Sequence
- Finnegan’s Wake
NTRA TOP 3-YEAR-OLD POLL
- American Pharoah
- Firing Line
- Carpe Diem
- Lovely Maria
- Competitive Edge
- International Star
- Divining Rod[/column]
Note: The Racing Biz writers Nick Hahn and Frank Vespe are voters in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.