NTRA Poll Lists Top 2 Fillies behind California Chrome
As the Breeders’ Cup nears Nov. 4-5 at Santa Anita, California Chrome continues to lead the latest NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The all-time leading money earner in the U.S. received all 41 first-place votes and 410 points overall from the sport’s most comprehensive survey of experts ranking active North American-based Thoroughbreds. California Chrome has led the poll for all 32 weeks in 2016, and he will try to win his sixth straight race in 2016 when he enters the starting gate in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 5.
Every week 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 NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll concludes Monday, November 7, following the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
Songbird (335) moved up to second in this week’s poll, as the undefeated 3-year-old Eclipse Award Champion filly is 11-for-11 for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Songbird’s next appearance will come in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff.
Another top filly and “Queen of the Turf” dropped back to third, as Tepin (305) suffered a rare defeat in the First Lady Stakes at Keeneland last weekend. The five-year-old mare remains on target for the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Mile.
Unchanged in the rankings this week from fourth through eighth respectively is Frosted, (228); Flintshire, (210); Arrogate (201); Stellar Wind (174) and Beholder (78).
A.P. Indian (61) moved into the top-10 and remained undefeated in six starts following his ‘by a nose’ victory in the Phoenix Stakes last Friday in Keeneland’s opening day of its Fall Meet. That win qualified A.P. Indian for the TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Filling out the top-10 is Lady Eli (53), who won the Flower Bowl last Saturday at Belmont, qualifying her for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf. It was Lady Eli’s first victory since capturing the Belmont Oaks Invitational in July 2015 at Belmont Park.
Nyquist, who was ranked No. 2 in early July of the Top Thoroughbred Poll, finished No. 1 in the final Top 3-Year-Old Poll which concluded in June following the Belmont Stakes.