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McCraken remains in first, NTRA Top 3YO Poll


March 27, 2017     E-mail this page to a friend!

One major race took place this past weekend for the three-year-old division with the running of the Sunland Derby (G3). Steve Asmussen trainee Hence won by 3¾ lengths and earned 50 qualifying points on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard. Big weekend coming up with the G1 Xpressbet.com Florida Derby and the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) as the “Road to the Kentucky Derby “continues in week nine of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll, the results of which were released on March 27.

McCraken (17 first-place votes, 322 points) for Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC’s and trainer Ian Wilkes is sitting chilly in first place on the top-ten list. With 20 qualifying points, the Sam F. Davis Stakes (G3) winner is ranked fifteenth on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard for a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 6. The undefeated graded stakes winner is at Keeneland where he is preparing for the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) on April 8.

Remaining in second for Peacock Racing Stable is Gunnevera (9 first-place votes, 291 points) after his 5¾-length victory in the Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park. The Dialed In colt sits in second on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 64 points for trainer Antonio Sanos. Gunnevera is expected to run in the Florida Derby (G1).

The Jerry Hollendorfer and Don Alberto Stable filly Unique Bella (3 first-place votes, 227 points) is third.

The South Tampa Bay Derby (G2) winner Tapwrit (1 first-place vote; 198 points) ranked fourth and is third on the Kentucky Derby Leaderboard with 54 points for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Rounding out the field are: Malagacy (166); Mastery (4 first place votes; 122 points); Classic Empire (1 place vote; 116 points); One Liner (100); Practical Joke (95), and Girvin (93).