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McCraken holds onto first place in NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, garnering all 40 first-place votes

February 22, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

The “Road to the Kentucky Derby” ‘prep’ series races concluded on Monday, February 20, with the running of the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Won by One Liner for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and SF Racing LLC, the undefeated Into Mischief 3-year-old colt snags the tenth spot in week four of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, which results were released today. The winner earned 10 qualifying points towards a start in the Kentucky Derby and is currently ranked ninth on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. Going forward, the 16 Race Championship series begins this Saturday, February 25, at the Fair Grounds with the Risen Star (G2) worth 50-20-10-5 to the top 4 finishers.

Outside of the running of the Southwest, there was very little movement in either direction up or down. McCraken, with 40 first-place votes, remains in first place after his win two weeks ago in G3 Sam F. Davis S. at Tampa Bay Downs. The Ghostzapper colt currently has 20 points and is ranked third in the most recent Kentucky Derby Leaderboard for a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6 for trainer Ian Wilkes and Whitham Thoroughbreds. The Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on March 11 is under consideration for his next start.

The undefeated and Holy Bull (G2) winner Irish War Cry, with eight first-place votes, holds the second berth for trainer Graham Motion and is currently ranked 10th on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 10 qualifying points.

Classic Empire (two first place votes) is third, but ranks on top on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 32 points.

Rounding out the top 10 are: Mastery, El Areeb, Unique Bella, Gormley, Mo Town, Practical Joke, and One Liner.