Good Magic Tops First NTRA Thoroughbred Poll

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Good Magic tops the first NTRA Poll for three-year-olds. (Photo by Casey Phillips/Eclipse Sportswire/Breeders Cup)

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – As the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” gets underway the top ten in week one of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA)Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results are mostly based on their two-year-old performance of 2017 as the newly minted sophomores begin their 2018  campaign of which results were released today.

Newly crowned Eclipse Champion for Two-Year-Old Colt Good Magic takes first place with (24 first-place votes and 355 votes). Trained by Eclipse award winning trainer Chad Brown for Stonestreet Stables LLC the 2017 Sentient Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is currently at Palm Meadows training center in south Florida preparing for his 2018 campaign.  Good Magic leads the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 24 points.  Points are awarded to the top four finishers in each race. The 20 horses with the most points will earn a spot in the starting gate on the first Saturday in May. 

In second is Bolt d’ Oro (11 first-place votes; 329 points) who currently has 14 points on the Kentucky Leaderboard. The Medaglia d’ Oro colt is expected to take the Southern California route to the Derby for owner and trainer Mick Ruis with a return to the races in March.

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Sham Stakes (G3) winner, McKinzie moves into third position receiving (2 first-place votes; 244 points).

Rounding out the field isSolomini (198); Instilled Regard (189); Catholic Boy (1 first-place vote; 154 points); Mask (113); Firenze Fire (107); Enticed (85) and Mourinho (73).

The NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll is the sport’s most comprehensive survey of experts ranking the generation of Thoroughbreds that includes all Triple Crown contenders. 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.  The Top 3-Year-Old Poll concludes June 11 after the Belmont Stakes.

2017 Horse of the Year and Champion Older Male Gun Runner is number one in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll for horses four and up (36 first-place votes; 360 points). Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen for Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC and Three Chimneys Farm the Candy Ride offspring finished out his racing career in taking the second running of the $16 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) this past Saturday at Gulfstream Park. Gun Runner retired to stud duty standing at Three Chimneys Farm.

Taking second berth is West Coast (2 first-place votes; 341 points) who finished second to Gun Runner in the Pegasus for trainer Bob Baffert and owners Mary and Gary West.

Champion Turf Eclipse Award winner World Approval (219) is ranked third followed by Champion Older Female Forever Unbridled who moves into fourth on the ladder with (162).

Rounding out the top-ten are: Gunnevera (151); Abel Tasman (130); Roy H (98); Sharp Azteca (94); Beach Patrol (78) and Unique Bella (75).

The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll concludes November 5 after the running of the Breeders’ Cup.

The full results for both NTRA weekly Thoroughbred polls can be found on the NTRA website at:

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NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

No. Horse Points
1 Flightline 351
2 Life Is Good 306
3 Olympiad 292
4 Jackie's Warrior 282
5 Clairiere 142
5 Country Grammer 142
7 Epicenter 121
8 Regal Glory 89
9 Nest 87
10 Hot Rod Charlie 48
As of August 1, 2022

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