New York, N.Y. (Monday, July 13, 2015) – American Pharoah who became America’s 12th Triple Crown winner after breaking a thirty-seven year draught since 1978 on June 6 at Belmont Park remains the unanimous leader of his division and for all horses of all ages in the latest NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, results of which were released today. The Pioneerof the Nile colt received a 36 first-place votes for (360) points.
The remaining top-ten showed some slight changes with Eclipse Award champion Shared Belief (270) sliding down a notch from second to third and moving into the second slot from third is the G. I Metropolitan Handicap winner Honor Code with (279). Shared Belief has not raced since April 18 where he did not finish in the G. II Charles Town Classic Stakes. The Candy Ride colt is currently in light training. The 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome (126) dropped down two notches from fourth to sixth in the rankings after it had been announced that the dual Classic winner will likely be sidelined for the rest of the year due to a bruised cannon bone. California Chrome had been working towards running in the Gr. I Arlington Million on Aug. 15.
Rounding out the top-ten and in fifth is Lady Eli (139), Noble Bird (126); Eclipse champion Beholder (105), Private Zone (93), Lea (71) and Tonalist (66).
Eligible media 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 Thoroughbred Poll is conducted weekly through the Monday, November 2 following the Breeders’ Cup World Championships which will be held at Keeneland Race Course, Lexington, Ky., October 29 and 30.
The NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll concluded after the Belmont Stakes.
The full results for NTRA weekly Thoroughbred poll can be found on the NTRA website at /business_development/files/NTRA%20Thoroughbred%20Poll%20Summary.pdf.
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