Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation’s top contenders on the Triple Crown and Kentucky Oaks trails in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.
It’s no surprise to see Belmont Stakes winner Tiz the Law continue on top of the poll. But who are the other leading thoroughbreds on the Triple Crown and Kentucky Oaks trail? Two fillies made this week’s Top 10 list on July 6, Gamine and Swiss Skydiver.
NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Rankings
|Rank||Horse||1st Place Votes||Trainer||Last Race||Likely Next Race|
|1||Tiz the Law||39||Barclay Tagg||1st Belmont Stakes (G1)||Aug. 8 Travers (G1) at Saratoga|
|2||Honor A.P.||1||John Shirreffs||1st Santa Anita Derby (G1)||TBD|
|3||Authentic||0||Bob Baffert||2nd Santa Anita Derby (G1)||TBD|
|4||Dr Post||0||Todd Pletcher||2nd Belmont Stakes (G1)||TBD|
|5||King Guillermo||0||Juan Carlos Avila||2nd Arkansas Derby (G1)||TBD|
|6||Uncle Chuck||0||Bob Baffert||1st Los Alamitos Derby (G3)||Aug. 1 Shared Belief at Del Mar|
|7||Gamine||0||Bob Baffert||1st Acorn Stakes (G1)||TBD|
|8||Max Player||0||Linda Rice||3rd Belmont Stakes (G1)||TBD|
|9||Charlatan||0||Bob Baffert||1st Arkansas Derby (G1)||TBD injured|
|10||Swiss Skydiver||0||Kenny McPeek||1st Santa Anita Oaks (G2)||TBD|
Tiz the Law also closed at 2-1 odds in Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager June 28. Honor A.P. (6-1) and Authentic (11-1) were next, with Uncle Chuck (11-1) and Cafe Pharoah (14-1) also contenders in the 23 individual entries. The field (all other 3-year-olds) was 8-1 in Pool 5 of the KDFW. Pool 5 generated $219,945 in win bets for the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
As the COVID-19 heath crisis derailed the Triple Crown schedule and moved the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby back to Sept. 4-5, Churchill Downs added additional points races to the Kentucky Derby trail.
Later developing 3-year-olds are taking advantage as Uncle Chuck won the Los Alamitos Derby on July 4 to earn Derby points and move into the latest NTRA poll.
Remaining Road to the Kentucky Derby Races
Three major points races remain on the Road to the Kentucky Derby.
- July 11 – Blue Grass Stakes (100-40-20-10) at Keeneland
- July 18 – Haskell Invitational (100-40-20-10) at Monmouth Park
- Aug. 1 – Travers Stakes (100-40-20-10) at Saratoga
There are also three Derby prep races remaining that award 50 qualifying points to the winner and may allow that colt to get into the Kentucky Derby if not already qualified.
- July 16 – Peter Pan at Saratoga
- Aug. 1 – Shared Belief at Del Mar
- Aug. 9 – Ellis Park Derby at Ellis Park