Essential Quality No. 1 in Final NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll

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The winner of the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), and the final No. 1 ranking in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top 3-Year-Old Poll, was on the line in deep stretch June 5 until Essential Quality  edged Hot Rod Charlie  to prevail by 1 1/4 lengths. 

As a result, in this year’s final Top 3-Year-Old Poll of national media, Godolphin’s Essential Quality gained the top spot, earning all 37 first-place votes for a total of 370 points.

Godolphin’s 4-year-old Mystic Guide  continues atop the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll for older horses, but there was a shake-up in the rankings after him. Winner of the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), Mystic Guide received 27 first place votes and 337 points.

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

1. Essential Quality    370 (37)

2. Hot Rod Charlie    298

3.
Rombauer     282

4.
Mandaloun     227

5.
Malathaat     177

6.
Medina Spirit     164

7.
Midnight Bourbon     147

8.
Search Results     74

9.
Drain the Clock     66

10.
Life Is Good     48

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

1. Mystic Guide    337 (27)

2.
Silver State     242 (1)

3.
Letruska     240

4.
Domestic Spending     234 (6)

5.
Charlatan     161

6.
Maxfield     134 (1)

7.
Monomoy Girl     131

8.
Gamine     121 (1)

9. Essential Quality    118 (1)

10.
Knicks Go     49



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