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 Gun Runner Retains  First Place in NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll 

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Monday, October 9, 2017) –  Week 37 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll for horses of all ages shows little to no change in the top ten, results of which were released today.

Remaining in first is Grade I Woodward Stakes winner Gun Runner (28 first-place votes, 324 points. Trained by Steve Asmussen for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm the Candy Ride colt is at Del Mar preparing for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

Arrogate (4 first-place votes, 281 points), who had dominated the poll the first 29 weeks this year for trainer Bob Baffert and Juddmonte Farms, remains in second after his runner-up finish behind stablemate Collected ranked third with (205) in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, a “Win and You’re In” contest for a berth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Arrogate, the leading earner in North American racing history, remains on target for the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Flip flopping this week is Stellar Wind who moves up to fourth (179) from fifth for trainer John Sadler, Lady Eli (175) drops from fourth to fifth for Sheep Pond Partners and Gary and Mary West’s West Coast (1 place vote; 172 points) slides down to sixth from fourth.

Rounding out the top-ten in descending order: Beach Patrol (85); Drefong (69); Mor Spirit (66) and World Approval (50).

The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll concludes November 6 after the running of the Breeders’ Cup. 

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

Preview of vote by voters can be viewed at:

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