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Each week, we rank the top 5 best thoroughbred horses in America by division. Arcangelo won the Travers Stakes (G1) impressively, securing his place at the top of the 3-year-old division.
With champions Elite Power & Nest both losing at Saratoga last weekend, did Arcangelo crack the top 5 for all horses beyond his division? Tell us YOUR top 5 in the Comments section!
Here are my overall rankings as seen in the latest NTRA Top 10 Poll this week. The poll ranks the top thoroughbred horses based on if Horse of the Year voting was conducted at this very moment. Here’s what my last Top 10 poll looked like:
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1. Up to the Mark – This is one of the best turf horses in the world right now after back-to-back dominant victories in the Turf Classic Stakes (G1) & the Manhattan Stakes (G1).
2. Cody’s Wish – He showed up with a lackluster effort in the Whitney Stakes (G1), but he still is one of the most accomplished horses in the country.
3. White Abarrio – If he can repeat his Whitney Stakes (G1) performance in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, then he could very well be the Horse of the Year.
4. Casa Creed – He took home the Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga for the second straight season.
5. Rattle N Roll – He was a tough-luck second in the Stephen Foster Stakes (G1).
Sleeper: Smile Happy – He was scheduled to make his next start in the Whitney Stakes (G1) but was forced to miss it due to a minor injury.
1. Echo Zulu – Her effort in the Ballerina Handicap (G1) was a thing of beauty.
2. Caravel – She lost against the boys at Saratoga in the Troy Stakes (G3), but she is still having an awesome season.
3. Clairiere – Despite her total non-effort in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1), she still has a strong resume.
4. Nest – She didn’t show up with her best effort in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1).
5. Goodnight Olive – There’s no shame running second to Echo Zulu in the Ballerina Handicap (G1).
Sleeper: In Italian – She ran well but couldn’t do better than runner-up in the Diana Stakes (G1).
1. Arcangelo – His rise to stardom has been ultra-impressive, culminating with winning the Belmont Stakes (G1) and the Travers Stakes (G1).
2. Geaux Rocket Ride – He jumped up the rankings in a big way when winning the Haskell Stakes (G1).
3. Forte – He showed up with no real effort in the Travers Stakes (G1) for the first time this year.
4. Disarm – He’s becoming one of the most consistent horses in the crop, as he showed when finishing 2nd in the Travers Stakes (G1).
5. Mage – The Kentucky Derby (G1) winner did no running whatsoever in the Travers Stakes (G1).
Sleeper: Arabian Knight – We’ll see if he can bounce back this weekend in the Pacific Classic (G1).
1. Maple Leaf Mel – She was 1 stride away from defeating multiple Grade 1 winner Pretty Mischievous by 6 lengths before her tragic breakdown.
2. Pretty Mischievous – With 3 straight Grade 1 victories on her resume, this ultra-consistent Brendan Walsh trainee is the clubhouse leader to be named the 3-year-old Filly of the Year.
3. Asinette – She has dominated 3 straight turf races, including the Del Mar Oaks (G1), to stamp herself as a major player in the division.
4. Wet Paint – Her Alabama Stakes (G1) effort was solid, but she wasn’t good enough to catch the winner. She still has a solid resume heading into the fall.
5. Randomize – She picked up her first graded stakes victory with a gate-to-wire Alabama Stakes (G1) win.
Sleeper: Aspray – She looked like a monster with an impressive Lake Placid Stakes (G2) win.
1. Elite Power – He put in another good effort but could not catch Gunite in the Forego Stakes (G1).
2. Gunite – He got revenge on Elite Power in the Forego Stakes (G1) but still trails 2-1 in head-to-head battles against him.
3. Skelly – This one is developing nicely for Asmussen & is riding a 5-race win streak.
4. The Chosen Vron – The California-bred defeated open company in the Bing Crosby Stakes (G1).
5. Anarchist – He finally got a big win in the Pat O’Brien Stakes (G2) at Del Mar.
Sleeper: Dr. Schivel – He will improve in his next start and is still a dangerous horse in California.
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