Tapwrit, Mastery rise in NTRA top 3yo poll

by | Mar 13, 2017 | Breaking, National news, Racing, Triple Crown Trail

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From a National Thoroughbred Racing Association release

A pair of impressive winners in Kentucky Derby preps zoomed up the NTRA Top 3-Year-Old poll this week — but an injury suffered by one of them may be the more significant blow.

The winner from the Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby (Tapwrit) and the San Felipe Stakes (Mastery) at Santa Anita both moved up in this week’s top-ten in week seven of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released today. Mastery, however, suffered a condylar fracture in his race and is likely off the Derby trail.

Following those wins, Mastery is now fourth on the list, with Tapwrit in fifth.

Keeping the number one berth is McCraken (15 first-place votes, 355 points) for Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s and trainer Ian Wilkes. Currently with 20 qualifying points, the G3 Sam F. Davis S. winner is ranked eleventh on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard for a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6.

Remaining in second for Peacock Racing Stable is Gunnevera (8 first-place votes, 324 points) after his 5 ¾ length victory in the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park two weeks ago. The Dialed In colt leads the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 64 points for trainer Antonio Sano. He will be targeting the G1 Florida Derby, April 1 for his next start.

Unique Bella (7 first-place votes, 245 points) moves up to third. The Santa Ysabel S. (G3) winner at Santa Anita is ranked number one on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Don Alberto Stable.

Rounding out the field are: Classic Empire (2 first-place vote, 189 points), J Boys Echo (1 first-place vote, 128 points); One Liner (126); Girvin (117) and Practical Joke (105.)

The NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll is the sport’s most comprehensive survey of experts ranking the generation of Thoroughbreds that includes all Triple Crown contenders. Every week eligible journalists and broadcasters 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 3-Year-Old Poll concludes June 12 after the Belmont Stakes.

The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll for all horses saw some racing action from the running of the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita. The winner Shaman Ghost (321) takes second berth while second place finisher Midnight Storm (104), slides into the seventh slot in this week’s top-ten.

Eclipse Award Champion Arrogate (42 first-place votes, 420 points) received all first place votes after his spectacular win in the inaugural running of the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) at Gulfstream Park on January 28. The Bob Baffert, Juddmonte trainee is being pointed towards the $10 million Dubai World Cup on March 25.

Ranked third is 2016 Eclipse Champion Female Songbird (295) followed by Gun Runner (294) and Eclipse Award Turf Champion Tepin (217) in fifth.

Rounding out the top-ten are: Hoppertunity (128); Midnight Storm (104); Drefong (80); Lady Eli (74) and Neolithic (73).

The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll concludes November 6 after the running of the Breeders’ Cup.


2Shaman Ghost321
4Gun Runner294
7Midnight Storm104
9Lady Eli74


3Unique Bella245
6Classic Empire189
7J Boys Echo128
8One Liner126
10Practical Joke105