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Gun Runner Retains First Place in NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll

Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Monday, September 25, 2017) –  Week 35 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Thoroughbred Poll shows little change in the top-ten for horses of all ages, results of which were released today.

Currently ranked number one Grade I Woodward Stakes winner Gun Runner (32 first-place votes, 364 points) holds the lead on the top-ten ladder .Trained by Steve Asmussen for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm the Candy Ride colt put in his final workout yesterday at Churchill Downs where he is based before being shipped to California where he’ll prepare for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 4 at Del Mar.

Arrogate (4 first-place votes, 316  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 (225) 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.

Lady Eli (225) remains in fourth position for Sheep Pond Partners followed by Stellar Wind (203) in fifth for trainer John Sadler.

Rounding out the Poll in descending order:  West Coast (1 place vote; 199 points); Drefong (99); Mor Spirit (96); World Approval (64) and Forever Unbridled (64).

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:

About the NTRA

The NTRA is a broad-based coalition of more than 100 horse racing interests and thousands of individual stakeholders consisting of horseplayers, racetrack operators, owners, breeders, trainers and affiliated horse racing associations, charged with increasing the popularity, welfare and integrity of Thoroughbred racing through consensus-based leadership, legislative advocacy, safety and integrity initiatives, fan engagement and corporate partner development. The NTRA, Based in Lexington, Ky., owns and manages the NTRA Safety & Integrity Alliance;; the NTRA Top Thoroughbred and NTRA Top 3-Year-Old weekly media polls; the Eclipse Awards; the National Handicapping Championship; NTRA Advantage, a corporate partner sales and sponsorship program; and Horse PAC, a federal political action committee. NTRA press releases appear on, Twitter (@ntra) and Facebook (