Maximum Security back in top 5 of NTRA poll

Maximum Security back in top 5 of NTRA poll
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Champion Maximum Security, who led the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top Thoroughbred Poll in early March, has moved back into the top five of the rankings this week following his victory in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar on July 25.

In his first start since taking the $20 million Saudi Cup on Feb. 29, Maximum Security showed his grit when he prevailed by a nose over Midcourt in the 1 1/16-mile San Diego Handicap. That effort -- which was also his first since joining the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert -- earned the 2019 Eclipse Award-winner for champion 3-year-old male two first-place votes and 228 points this week, moving him from 10th to fourth overall in the poll standings.

Ranking ahead of Maximum Security is fellow champion Midnight Bisou, who continues to lead the poll with 22 first-place votes and 365 points as she readies for her expected run in the Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) at Saratoga on Aug. 1. Midnight Bisou worked a half-mile in :50.55 on Monday morning in preparation for her title defense of Saturday’s test.
Tom’s d’Etat, who is expected to start in Saturday’s Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, holds in second with 10 first-place votes and 335 points while fellow top-level winner Vekoma is third with two first-place votes and 294 points.

Zulu Alpha (158 points) sits behind Maximum Security in the fifth position, followed by Monomoy Girl, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2018, in sixth with one first-place vote and 129 points. By My Standards, who is also slated to start in the Whitney, is seventh with 113 points while top-ranked sophomore Tiz the Law is eighth with two first-place votes and 112 points. Mucho Gusto (92 points) and Code of Honor (one first-place vote, 83 points) round out the top 10.

Top Three-Year-Old Poll

Less than two weeks from his planned start in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga, Tiz the Law continues to hold a commanding lead in the NTRA Top Three-Year-Old Poll with 39 first-place votes and 399 total points. Honor A. P., who is set to run in the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 1, ranks second with one first-place vote and 355 points and is followed by Haskell Stakes (G1) victor Authentic (284 points).

Blue Grass Stakes (G2) winner Art Collector (254 points) and Los Alamitos Derby victor Uncle Chuck (150) sit fourth and fifth, respectively, with Haskell runner-up Ny Traffic (129) in sixth. King Guillermo, winner of the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby, ranks seventh with 117 points, followed by leading sophomore fillies Gamine (107 points) and Swiss Skydiver.  Dr Post (100 points) completes the top 10.

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