Art Collector is No. 1 in 1st '23 NTRA top Thoroughbred poll

Art Collector is No. 1 in 1st '23 NTRA top Thoroughbred poll
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Art Collector is No. 1 in the first National Thoroughbred Racing Association poll of the top Thoroughbreds so far this year.

The 6-year-old surprise winner of the Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) received 17 first-place votes in voting conducted by national media, according to an NTRA news release.

Only four horses in the top 10 have had a start this year, with Atone winning the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1) and Queen Goddess winning the Pegasus Filly and Mare Turf (G3). The other is Defunded, second in the Pegasus World Cup.

Top Thoroughbreds poll

  Horse (first-place votes)  Age-sex  2023 record  Points  Trainer
  1. Art Collector (17)6-H1: 1-0-0280Bill Mott
  2. Taiba (8)4-C0: 0-0-0198Bob Baffert
  3. Defunded5-G1: 0-1-0146Bob Baffert
  4. Atone6-G1: 1-0-0140Mike Maker
  5. Country Grammer (3)6-H0: 0-0-0133Bob Baffert
  6. Cody's Wish5-H0: 0-0-0101Bill Mott
  7. Nest (1)4-F0: 0-0-0  88Todd Pletcher
  8. Elite Power5-H0: 0-0-0  73Bill Mott
  9. Queen Goddess5-M1: 1-0-0  60Michael McCarthy
10. Clairiere5-F0: 0-0-0  49Steve Asmussen

In the NTRA's  top 3-year-olds poll, 2-year-old champion Forte is the top-ranked sophomore, with the Breeders' Cup Juvenile gaining 15 first-place votes.

Five of the top 10 have had starts this year, with wins posted by Arabian Knight, the Las Vegas favorite for Kentucky Derby 2023 and winner of the Southwest (G3); Instant Coffee, who won the Lecomte (G3); Victory Formation, winner of the Smarty Jones; Havnameltdown winner of the San Vicente (G2); and Reincarnate, winner of the Sham (G3).

Top 3-year-old poll

   Horse (first-place votes) Age-sex 2023 record PointsTrainer
  1. Forte (15)3-C0-0-0-0274Todd Pletcher
  2. Arabian Knight (13)3-C1: 1-0-0265Bob Baffert
  3. Instant Coffee (1)3-C1: 1-0-0209Brad Cox
  4. Cave Rock3-C0: 0-0-0157Bob Baffert
  5. Victory Formation3-C1: 1-0-0  95Brad Cox
  6. Blazing Sevens3-C0: 0-0-0  79Chad Brown
  7. Havnameltdown3-C1: 1-0-0  71Bob Baffert
  8. Reincarnate3-C1: 1-0-0  69Bob Baffert
  9. National Treasure3-C1: 0-0-1  47Bob Baffert
10. Wonder Wheel3-F0: 0-0-0  41Mark Casse

For the full results, click here.

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