American Pharoah: history awaits. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

American Pharoah: history awaits. Photo by Laurie Asseo.

As the racing nation awaits American Pharoah’s bid for history June 6 at Belmont Park, there was no change at all in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s top three-year-old poll and precious little in its Top Thoroughbred Poll, which also includes older horses.

American Pharoah remained comfortably atop the poll of sophomores, receiving all 34 first-place votes.  He also received the largest share of first-place votes in the Top Thoroughbred Poll, securing 17 of 34, though overall he finished behind Shared Belief in that poll.

American Pharoah was followed in the top three-year-old register by Kentucky Derby show horse Dortmund, Derby fourth-place finisher Frosted, and Derby runner-up Firing Line.  The Preakness place and show horses — Tale of Verve and DIvining Rod, respectively — were ninth and 10th in the poll.

Three different horses received first-place votes in the Top Thoroughbred Poll, with California Chrome, who finished third, joining American Pharoah and Shared Belief.

American Pharaoah was the only three-year-old on the Top Thoroughbred list.  Two females made the lists, four-year-old Untapable making the Top Thoroughbred list (in ninth place) and Kentucky Oaks winner Lovely Maria checking in seventh among three-year-olds.

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. American Pharoah
  3. California Chrome
  4. Main Sequence
  5. Tonalist
  6. Constitution
  7. Finnegan’s Wake
  8. Lea
  9. Untapable
  10. Moreno[/column]
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  1. American Pharoah
  2. Dortmund
  3. Frosted
  4. Firing Line
  5. Materiality
  6. Carpe Diem
  7. Lovely Maria
  8. Competitive Edge
  9. Tale of Verve
  10. Divining Rod[/column]

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