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Tepin receives one-first place vote 

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Monday, September 19, 2016) – California Chrome the leading Thoroughbred in North America with earnings over $13 million continues to remain in first-place in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The all-time leading money earner in the U.S., California Chrome has led the poll for all 29 weeks of 2016 voting, clinching this week’s tally with all 38 first-place votes and 389 points overall.

The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll is the sport’s most comprehensive survey of experts ranking active North American-based Thoroughbreds. 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, which will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

The Mark Casse trainee Tepin, affectionately referred to as “The Queen of the Turf” remains in second (1 first-place vote; 337points) after her victorious win in the $1million Ricoh Woodbine Mile Stakes, a “Win and You’re In” race this past Saturday at Woodbine for owner Robert Masterson.  Tepin’s next start could come in either the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1 T) or the First Lady Stakes (G2 T), at Keeneland, Oct. 8. It is also possible that she may just train up to the Breeders’ Cup Mile on Nov. 5.

 Flintshire in third (292) for trainer Chad Brown. It is anticipated that Flintshire’s next start will be in the Grade 1, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational on October 1 at Belmont Park

The undefeated 3-year-old filly Songbird, (269) with a perfect total career of ten starts with ten wins takes the fourth berth. The Eclipse Award champion is entered in the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing, September 24 where she has drawn post-position five in a field of six with a morning line of 1-2.

Frosted (209) remains in fifth in the rankings for Godolphin Racing and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.

Travers Stakes winner Arrogate (176) stays steady in sixth place followed by three-time Eclipse Award champion Beholder (157) in seventh.

The remaining top 10 is rounded out by:  Melatonin (55); Cavorting (53) and Nyquist (41).