America's Best Thoroughbreds

California Chrome is a unanimous choice as the No. 1-ranked Thoroughbred in the country. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Each week, through the NTRA’s Top Thoroughbred Poll, media members around the country vote on the top racehorses in the nation and give readers a sneak peak at who they are impressed with as top contenders on the Breeders' Cup trail. Get to know the horses they have named the top in the nation below.


(Eclipse Sportswire)
1. California Chrome (40 first place votes)

Owner: California Chrome LLC

Trainer: Art Sherman

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

2016 stats: 5 starts, 5 wins, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous Race: 1st, Pacific ClassicDel Mar, Aug. 20

Next Race: Awesome Again Stakes, Santa Anita Park, Oct. 1 

Eclipse Sportswire
2. Tepin

Owner: Robert Masterson

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

2016 stats: 5 starts, 5 wins, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous Race: 1st, Queen Anne Stakes, Royal Ascot, June 14

Next Race: Woodbine Mile, Woodbine, Sept. 17

Eclipse Sportswire
3. Flintshire

Owner: Juddmonte Farm

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2016 stats: 3 starts, 3 wins, 0 seconds, 0 third

Previous Race: 1st, Sword Dancer, Saratoga, Aug. 27

Next Race: Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, Belmont Park, Oct. 1

(Joe Labozzetta/NYRA)
4. Songbird 

Owner: Fox Hill Farm

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Mike Smith

2016 stats: 5 starts, 5 wins, 0 seconds, 0 third

Previous Race: 1st, Alabama Stakes, Saratoga, July 24

Next Race: Cotillion Stakes, Parx Racing, Sept. 24

Eclipse Sportswire
5. Frosted

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2016 stats: 5 starts, 3 wins, 0 seconds, 1 third

Previous Race: 3rd, Woodward Stakes Saratoga, Sept. 3

Next Race: TBD

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6. Arrogate

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2016 stats: 5 starts, 4 wins, 0 seconds, 1 third

Previous Race: 1st, Travers Stakes, Saratoga, Aug. 27

Next Race: Breeders' Cup Classic, Santa Anita Park, Nov. 5 

Eclipse Sportswire
7. Beholder

Owner: Spendthrift Farm

Trainer: Richard Mandella

Jockey: Gary Stevens

2016 stats: 4 starts, 2 wins, 2 seconds, 0 third

Previous Race: 2nd, Pacific ClassicDel Mar, Aug. 20

Next Race: Zenyatta StakesSanta Anita Park, Oct. 1

Eclipse Sportswire
8. Melatonin

Owner: Tarabilla Farm

Trainer: David Hofmans

Jockey:  Joe Talamo

2016 stats: 4 starts, 3 wins, 1 second, 0 third

Previous Race: Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Santa Anita Park, June 25

Future Race: TBD

Eclipse Sportswire
9. Cavorting

Owner: Stonestreet Stables

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2016 stats: 4 starts, 3 wins, 1 second, 0 thirds

Previous Race: 1st, Personal Ensign Stakes, Saratoga, Aug. 27

Next Race: TBD, possibly Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff, Nov. 4

Eclipse Sportswire
10. Nyquist

Owner: Reddam Racing

Trainer: Doug O'Neill

Jockey: Mario Gutierrez

2016 stats: 5 starts, 3 wins, 0 seconds, 1 third

Previous Race: 4th, Haskell Invitational, Monmouth Park, July 31

Next Race: Pennsylvania Derby, Parx Racing, Sept. 17

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