America's Best Thoroughbreds

California Chrome won the Dubai World Cup in March. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Each week, through the NTRA’s Top Three-Year-Old 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.


No. 1: California Chrome (29 first place votes)

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: California Chrome LLC

Trainer: Art Sherman

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

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

Previous Race: 1st, Dubai World Cup, Meydan, March 26

Next Race: San Diego Handicap, Del Mar, July 23

No. 2: Tepin (7 first place votes)

Eclipse Sportswire

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: TBD

No. 3: Frosted (1 first place vote)

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2016 stats: 3 starts, 2 wins, 0 seconds, 0 third

Previous Race: 1st, Met MileBelmont Park, June 11

Next Race: Whitney, Saratoga, August 6

No. 4: Beholder  

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Spendthrift Farm

Trainer: Richard Mandella

Jockey: Gary Stevens

2016 stats: 2 starts, 2 wins, 0 second, 0 third

Previous Race: 1st, Vanity Mile, Santa Anita, June 4

Next Race: Clement L. Hirsch, Del Mar,  July 30

No. 5: Nyquist 

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Reddam Racing

Trainer: Doug O’Neill

Jockey: Mario Gutierrez

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

Previous Race: 3rd, Preakness Stakes, Pimlico, May 21

Next Race: San Diego Handicap, Del Mar, July 23  or Jim Dandy Stakes, Saratoga, July 30

No. 6: Flintshire

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Juddmonte Farm

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2016 stats: 1 start, 1 win, 0 seconds, 1 third

Previous Race: 1st, Woodford Reserve ManhattanBelmont Park, June 11

Next Race: Arlington Million, Arlington Park, August 13 or Sword Dancer, Saratoga, August 27

No. 7: Songbird 

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Fox Hill Farm

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Mike Smith

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

Previous Race: 1st, Summertime Oaks, Santa Anita, June 18

Next Race: Coaching Club American OaksSaratoga, July 24

No. 8: Exaggerator 

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Big Chief Racing, Head of Plains Partners, Rocker O Ranch, et al.

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Jockey: Kent Desormeaux

2016 stats: 6 starts, 2 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third

Previous Race: 11th, Belmont Stakes, Belmont Park, June 11

Next Race: Jim Dandy Stakes, Saratoga, July 30 or Haskell Invitational, Monmouth, July 31

No. 9: Hoppertunity

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Karl Watson, Mike Pegram and Paul Weitman

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2016 stats: 3 starts, 1 win, 0 seconds, 2 thirds

Previous Race: 3rd, Dubai World Cup, Meydan, March 26

Next Race: Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Santa Anita, June 25

No. 10: Melatonin

Eclipse Sportswire

Owner: Tarabilla Farm

Trainer: David Hofmans

Jockey:  Joe Talamo

2016 stats: 3 starts, 2 wins, 1 second, 0 third

Previous Race: 2nd, Oaklawn Handicap, Oaklawn Park, April 16

Future Race: Gold Cup at Santa Anita, Santa Anita, June 25

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