1. Stellar Wind (47) — Virginia
  2. Dame Dorothy (41) — Pennsylvania
  3. Valid (22) — Virginia
  4. The Big Beast (22) — Maryland
  5. Page McKenney (21) — Pennsylvania
  6. Favorite Tale (13) — Pennsylvania
  7. Kitten’s Point (10) Pennsylvania

Others receiving votes: Middleburg, Long on Value, Kiss to Remember, Mr Owen, R Frosty One[/su_box]

With the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll now a single poll incorporating horses of all ages, voters had a tough time choosing between a pair of Grade 1 winners.

The September poll marks the first one of the season in which three-year-olds and older horses (and juveniles) are considered together, and voters decided on the youngster, choosing three-year-old Virginia-bred Stellar Wind as the top horse bred in the region.  Stellar Wind’s top result this year was a victory in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks back in April.

In the voting, she narrowly bested Pennsylvania-bred Dame Dorothy, winner of May’s Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs.

Those two runners — both fillies — were well clear of the rest.

Virginia-bred Valid, Maryland-bred The Big Beast, and Pennsylvania-bred Page McKenney essentially dead-heated for the third, fourth and fifth spots.

Valid has been the busiest horse among the poll members, racing 10 times so far in 2015.  He’s won three of those starts, including a pair of Grade 3 races.  The Big Beast, meanwhile, is the only runner on the list not to own a stakes win this season.  The winner of last year’s Grade 1 King’s Bishop, The Big Beast has twice finished second in Grade 1 events this year but posted his lone victory of the season in an allowance heat.

The top seven is rounded out by a pair of Pennsylvania-breds, the gelding Favorite Tale and the mare Kitten’s Point.  Both runners were victorious in their most recent starts, both at Parx Racing.

The list included four horses bred in Pennsylvania, two from Virginia, and one Maryland-bred.  Four are males, and three are females.

The list is restricted to horses that have run in 2015 and were bred in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Carolinas.



(In the list below, click on the green buttons for more info about each horse.)

2015 record
1Stellar Wind3FVACurlin-Evening Star, by Malibu MoonKeswick Stables & Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLCHronis Racing LLCJohn SadlerWon G3 Torrey Pines on 8/30/15Multiple graded winner won G1 Santa Anita Oaks in April5-4-0-0, $526,000
2Dame Dorothy4FPABernardini-Vole Vole Monamour, by WoodmanDerry Meeting FarmBobby FlayTodd Pletcher3rd in G2 Gallant Bloom 9/26/15Multiple graded winner won G1 Humana Distaff in May6-3-1-1, $477,840
3Kitten's Point5MPAKitten's Joy-Rendezvous Point, by KingmamboGeorge Strawbridge Jr.Augustin StableGraham MotionWon G3 Dowager Stakes4 stakes wins in '15 include two G3 scores8-4-0-2, $316,600
4Valid5GVAMedaglia d'Oro-Grand Prayer, by Grand SlamEdward P. EvansCrossed Sabres FarmMarcus VitaliWon Groomstick Stakes 9/26/152 time G3 winner in '1510-3-3-2, $314,760
5Page McKenney5GPAEavesdropper-Winning Grace, by Yarrow BraeDr. James E. Bryant & Linda P. DavisAdam Staple and Jalin StableMary Eppler2nd in Roanoke StakesFormer claimer has placed in 3 graded races this year8-3-3-2, $473,100
6Favorite Tale4GPATale of the Cat-Tricky Elaine, by GrindstonePaul ConawayPJG StableGuadalupe PreciadoWon allowance raceG2 winner, G1 placed in '155-2-1-1, $248,300
7The Big Beast4CMDYes It's True-VVS Flawless, by Deputy MiniserGreen Willow FarmsAlex and JoAnn LieblongAnthony Dutrow2nd in G1 ForegoTwice G1 placed in '154-1-2-0, $260,800

Participating Voters:  Ted Black (freelance writer), Michael Campbell (Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association of New Jersey), Cindy Deubler (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred), Linda Dougherty (freelance), Debbie Easter (Virginia Thoroughbred Association), Anne Frederick (Maryland Horse Breeders Association), Cricket Goodall (Maryland Horse Breeders Association),  Jim Hague (freelance), Nick Hahn (freelance), Carol Holden (West Virginia Breeders Classics), Jeff Nations (freelance), Kate Painter (West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association), Vinnie Perrone (freelance), Frank Petramalo (Virginia Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association), David Richardson (Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association), Brian Sanfratello (Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association), John Scheinman (freelance), Dan Tordjman (freelance), Frank Vespe (The Racing Biz), Bill Watson (freelance), Lydia Williams (freelance), Bobby Zen (freelance).

Note — Not all participating voters will vote in every poll.