These are the fastest 3-year-olds after the Triple Crown

These are the fastest 3-year-olds after the Triple Crown
Photo: Evers/Eclipse Sportswire

Going into the Triple Crown, Essential Quality appeared to have a slight hold on the top spot among the nation's best 3-year-olds. Three Triple Crown races later, little has changed.

After a different winner in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes, Essential Quality remains the most accomplished horse in the crop. But there is not much separating him from the top three or four 3-year-olds.

Essential Quality, who was criticized by some for not running a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure prior to the Kentucky Derby, earned an impressive 109 number in the Belmont Stakes. Hot Rod Charlie, who ran a game second in the Belmont, earned a 108 figure.

Life Is Good and Flightline have earned the third and fourth highest figures in the crop without running in the Triple Crown, and one could argue they possess the highest upside for the second half of the 3-year-old season.

Life Is Good earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure in March when dusting Medina Spirit. Flightline earned his 105 number while breaking maiden by more than 13 lengths in April. The sky could be the limit for either runner and hopefully they will end up facing Essential Quality at some point down the road.

Brisnet prefers another lightly raced runner who could be in store for a strong second half of the year. Todd Pletcher's Following Sea earned a lofty 108 Brisnet Speed Rating while winning a recent allowance race at Belmont in impressive fashion.

No one has topped Life Is Good's 130 figure on the TimeformUS scale. TimeformUS also rated the Woody Stephens (G1) as a key race for 3-year-old sprinters as they get set to face older runners later in the year. Winner Drain the Clock and runner-up Jackie's Warrior have found their callings around one turn and have stood out as the leading sophomore sprinters.

Below we take a closer look at the fastest 3-year-olds through the first half of the year on the Beyer, Brisnet and TimeformUS scales.

Beyer Speed Figures

HorseBeyer Speed FigureRace
Essential Quality109Belmont Stakes
Hot Rod Charlie108Belmont Stakes
Life Is Good107San Felipe Stakes
Flightline105Maiden special weight
Medina Spirit102Kentucky Derby
Rombauer102Preakness Stakes
Mandaloun 101Kentucky Derby
Life Is Good101Sham Stakes
Essential Quality100Kentucky Derby
Following Sea100Allowance
Rock Your World100Santa Anita Derby

 Brisnet Speed Ratings

HorseBrisnet Speed RatingRace
Following Sea108Allowance
Essential Quality107Belmont Stakes
Flightline105Maiden special weight 
Hot Rod Charlie 105 Belmont Stakes
Crowded Trade104Gotham Stakes
Weyburn 104 Gotham Stakes
Search Results 103 Kentucky Oaks
Jackie's Warrior 103 Woody Stephens
Malathaat 103 Kentucky Oaks
Greatest Honour 103 Fountain of Youth
Life Is Good 103 San Felipe Stakes
Rombauer 103 Preakness Stakes
Drain the Clock 103 Woody Stephens

TimeformUS Figures

HorseTimeformUS FigureRace
Life Is Good130San Felipe Stakes
Jackie's Warrior129Woody Stephens
Essential Quality127Belmont Stakes
Drain the Clock127 Woody Stephens
Hot Rod Charlie126Belmont Stakes
Jackie's Warrior124 Pat Day Mile
Rock Your World124 Santa Anita Derby
Following Sea123 Maiden special weight
Dream Shake122 Pat Day Mile
Medina Spirit122 Kentucky Derby
Rombauer122 Preakness Stakes

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