Essential Quality Affirms Top Spot in NTRA Poll

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Undefeated Essential Quality , fresh off a determined victory in the April 3 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, maintained the top spot in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old Thoroughbred Poll. 

Trained by Brad Cox and bred and owned by Godolphin, Essential Quality ran his record to 5-for5 in the Blue Grass. The Eclipse Award-winning 2-year-old male of 2020 received 31 first-place votes and 371 points in this week’s poll.

Mystic Guide , another Godolphin homebred, also retained the top spot in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) winner received 24 first-place votes and 346 points.

NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Thoroughbred Poll
Rank, Horse, Points (first-place votes)

1. Essential Quality    371 (31)

2.
Concert Tour     319 (5)

3.
Hot Rod Charlie     239 (1)

4.
Rock Your World     238

5.
Known Agenda     233

6.
Greatest Honour     160

7.
Highly Motivated     151

8.
Medina Spirit     96

9.
Life Is Good     69 (1)

10.
Midnight Bourbon     35

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll
Rank, Horse, Points (first-place votes)

1. Mystic Guide    346 (24)

2.
Charlatan     320 (7)

3.
Monomoy Girl     306 (6)

4.
Swiss Skydiver     248 (1)

5.
Knicks Go     225

6.
Colonel Liam     188

7.
Idol     113

8.
Gamine     93

9.
Maxfield     57

10.
Shedaresthedevil     37



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