From a National Thoroughbred Racing Association release

American Pharoah who became America’s 12th Triple Crown winner after breaking a thirty-seven year draught on June 6 at Belmont Park, remains the unanimous leader of his division and for all horses of all ages in the latest NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, results of which were released today. The Pioneerof the Nile colt received all 36 first-place votes for (360) points.

The remaining top-ten showed some slight changes.  Eclipse Award champion Shared Belief (270) slid down a notch from second to third, while Grade Metropolitan Handicap winner Honor Code with (279) moved up to second. Shared Belief has not raced since being pulled up in the April 18 Grade 2 Charles Town Classic. The Candy Ride colt is currently in light training. The 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome (126) dropped down two notches from fourth to sixth in the rankings after it had been announced that the dual Classic winner will likely be sidelined for the rest of the year due to a bruised cannon bone. California Chrome had been working towards running in the G. I Arlington Million on Aug. 15.

Rounding out the top-ten are Lady Eli (139), Noble Bird (126); Eclipse champion Beholder (105), Private Zone (93), Lea (71) and Tonalist (66).

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 Top Thoroughbred Poll is conducted weekly through the Monday, November 2 following the Breeders’ Cup World Championships which will be held at Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Ky., October 29 and 30.

The NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll concluded after the Belmont Stakes.


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  1. American Pharoah
  2. Honor Code
  3. Shared Belief
  4. Lady Eli
  5. Noble Bird
  6. California Chrome
  7. Beholder
  8. Private Zone
  9. Lea
  10. Tonalist

Note: The Racing Biz writers Nick Hahn and Frank Vespe are voters in this poll.