The National Thoroughbred Racing Association has once again named Arrogate as the best race horse in the country. The four-year-old has only competed in two races this season, but those happened to be the $12 million Pegasus World Cup and the $10 million Dubai World Cup. Winning both of those handedly has kept Arrogate at the top of the NTRA poll by a pretty wide margin.
Arrogate earned 370 points to remain on top, while Gun Runner (327) and Songbird (268) also held fast in second place. It has to be said that Gun Runner is probably one of the more delightful surprises out of last year’s Triple Crown field. He has gone 2-1-0 in three starts this season, which includes wins in the Razorback Handicap and Stephen Foster with a strong second place showing in Dubai as well.
Songbird has been a little quieter this season, running and winning the Ogden Phipps as she returned from a bit of an injury. Jerry Hollendorfer and company have kept her pretty under wraps for the majority of the season, but she’s on route to becoming a big impact player later in the summer and this fall. Songbird is expected to compete in the Delaware Handicap and the Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Shaman Ghost, Mor Spirit, Stellar Wind and Lady Eli round out the top-seven of the NTRA poll in that order with strong campaigns of their own.
The only horse that dropped in the standings is Neolithic, who has posted two third place finishes in both the Pegasus and Dubai World Cups. He’s a great racehorse, but eventually you need to put up some notable wins before you get anointed amongst the top of the class. Neolithic has yet to win a stakes race overall.
Mind Your Biscuits inched up from 9th to 8th thanks to a win in the highly coveted Dubai Golden Sheehan. He had previously come second in the Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship as well.
Lady Aurelia catapulted from 16th all the way up to 9th in the NTRA poll thanks to a pair of masterful runs in the Giant’s Causeway and the King’s Stand Stakes. At 5-0-1 in six starts, there’s no doubting her talent and the three-year-old filly could be the next, great American turf runner. She’s destined for a showdown with another beloved mare in the form of Lady Eli.