IT’S STILL MYSTIC GUIDE IN NTRA TOP THOROUGHBRED POLL
Godolphin’s 4-year-old Mystic Guide, approaching his first start since winning the Group 1 Dubai World Cup on March 27, retained the No. 1 ranking in the latest NTRA National Thoroughbred Poll with no changes in the top 10 from last week.
Mystic Guide, a 4-year-old son of Ghostzapper, trained by Mike Stidham, received 25 first-place votes and 313 points. On Saturday, Mystic Guide breezed 6 furlongs in 1:13.20 at Fair Hill in Maryland in preparation for an expected return in Belmont Park’s Grade 2 Suburban on July 3.
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Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing’s 4-year-old Silver State is in second place. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Silver State has won all four of his starts this year, including the June 5 Grade 1 Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont. Silver State has one first-place vote and 241 points.
St. George Stable’s 5-year-old mare Letruska is one of three females in the top 10. Trained by Fausto Gutierrez, Letruska, winner of Belmont’s Grade 1 Ogden Phipps, picked up one first-place vote this week and has a total of 231 points. A daughter of Super Saver, Letruska is slated to start in Saturday’s Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs, a “Win and You’re In” for the Grade 1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Klaravich Stables’ 4-year-old gelding Domestic Spending, trained by Chad Brown, is in fourth place. A bay son of Kingman (GB), Domestic Spending, who won the Grade 1 Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes at Belmont, has five first-place votes and 217 points.
Godolphin’s 3-year-old Essential Quality, winner of the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, is in fifth place. Trained by Brad Cox, Essential Quality has two first-place votes and 189 points. SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Stonestreet Stables, Frederick Hertrich III, John Fielding and Golconda Stables’ 4-year-old Charlatan (135 points), who finished second in the Group 1 Saudi Cup for trainer Bob Baffert, is in sixth place.
The 4-year-old Maxfield, trained by Brendan Walsh, is in seventh place with one first-place vote and 132 points. Owned by Godolphin, Maxfield is expected to start in Saturday’s Grade 2 Stephen Foster at Churchill, which is a “Win and You’re In” for the Grade 1 Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic. A dark bay son of Street Sense, Maxfield, who breezed 4 furlongs in 48.80 on Saturday at Churchill, won the Grade 2 Alysheba Stakes presented by Sentient Jet at Churchill on April 30. The 4-year-old Gamine (109 points), last year’s champion female sprinter, also trained by Baffert, is in eighth place. My Racehorse, Spendthrift Farm LLC and Madaket Stables’ 6-year-old Monomoy Girl, the 2020 older dirt female Eclipse Award winner, is in ninth place with 96 points. Korea Racing Stable’s Knicks Go (34 points), winner of the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational, remains in 10th place.
The NTRA Top Thoroughbred polls are the sport’s most comprehensive surveys of experts. 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. All horses that have raced in the U.S., are in training in the U.S., or are known to be pointing to a major event in the U.S. are eligible for the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Voting in the Top Thoroughbred Poll is scheduled to be conducted through Nov. 6.
TOP THOROUGHBRED POLL
- Mystic Guide
- Silver State
- Domestic Spending
- Essential Quality
- Monomoy Girl
- Knicks Go