Arrogate Remains Unanimous No. 1 in NTRA Poll – Mind Your Biscuits and Keen Ice Move Up
Week 24 of The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll shows no changes at the top with Arrogate, Gun Runner and Songbird all holding steady in the top three spots. Arrogate remains the unanimous No. 1 with 41 first place votes and could make his next start in the San Diego Handicap (G2) July 22 at Del Mar. America’s best race horse is also being pointed towards the August 19 $1 million TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar Race Course. Gun Runner won his last race June 17 at Churchill Downs in the Stephen Foster Handciap (G1), and secured his spot in the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Classic with the “Win and You’re In” victory. The sensational filly Songbird won her only start this year in the Ogden Phipps Stakes (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park to secure her spot in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff Nov. 3 at Del Mar. Songbird has won 12 of 13 career starts.
Some minor shuffling in the Top 10 saw Shaman Ghost fall from No. 4 to No. 7 after finishing 2nd behind Keen Ice in last weekend’s Suburban Stakes (G2). That July 8 victory in the Stars and Stripes Festival of Racing at Belmont Park allowed Keen Ice to move into the NTRA poll at No. 10 with the biggest move up from No. 30. Multiple New York bred Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits (158) moved up from the ninth slot to No. 6 after his impressive finish and 3 ½ length victory in the Belmont Sprint Championship (G2). The Belmont Sprint carries an all-fees-paid berth into the $1.5 million TwinSpires Breeders’ Cup Sprint on November 4 at Del Mar.
Mor Spirit and Stellar Wind remain No. 4 and 5 and have been idle since early June.
NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll – July 10, 2017
|Rank||Horse||YTD Stats||Points||Previous||Recent Finish|
|1||Arrogate||2-2-0-0||410||1||3/25 – 1st Dubai World Cup|
|2||Gun Runner||3-2-1-0||359||2||6/17 – 1st Stephen Foster Handicap|
|3||Songbird||1-1-0-0||306||3||6/10 – 1st Odgen Phipps Stakes|
|4||Mor Spirit||4-3-1-0||239||5||6/10 – 1st Metropolitan Handicap|
|5||Stellar Wind||2-2-0-0||164||6||6/3 – 1st Beholder Mile|
|6||Mind Your Biscuits||3-2-1-0||158||9||7/8 – 1st Belmont Sprint|
|7||Shaman Ghost||4-2-2-0||150||4||7/8 – 2nd Suburban Stakes|
|8||Lady Eli||2-1-1-0||100||7||5/27 – 1st Gamely Stakes|
|9||Lady Aurelia||2-2-0-0||91||8||6/20 – 1st King’s Stand Stakes|
|10||Keen Ice||3-1-0-0||41||30||7/8 – 1st Suburban Stakes|
Next 10 receiving votes: Cupid (29), Always Dreaming (29), Neolithic (24), Vale Dori (23)
Collected (21), Abel Tasman (21), Bal A Bali (14), Sharp Azteca (9), Whitmore (7), Aprit (7)