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Rebel Stakes winner Malagacy makes his top 10 debut this week. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top contenders on the Triple Crown trail in the NTRA Top 3-year-Old Poll. Find the latest 2017 Top 3-Year-Old rankings below. 

AMERICA'S TOP 3-YEAR-OLD THOROUGHBREDS as of March 20

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1. McCraken (13 first-place votes)

Owner: Whitham Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Ian Wilkes

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

2017 stats: 1 start, 1 win, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Downs, Feb. 11 

Next race: Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, April 8


(Adam Coglianese/NYRA)

2. Gunnevera (9 first-place votes)

Owner: Peacock Racing Stables

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2017 stats: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 second, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, March 4

Next race: Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, April 1


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3. Unique Bella (6 first-place votes)

Owner: Don Alberto Stable

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Mike Smith

2017 stats: 3 starts, 3 wins, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Santa Ysabel Stakes, Santa Anita Park, March 4

Next race: Santa Anita Oaks, Santa Anita Park, April 8 


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4. Tapwrit (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Bridlewood Farm, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Robert LaPenta

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2017 stats: 2 starts, 1 win, 1 second, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Tampa Bay Derby, Tampa Bay Downs, March 11

Next race: TBD


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5. Malagacy (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Sumaya U.S. Stable

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2017 stats: 3 starts, 3 wins, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Rebel Stakes, Oaklawn Park, March 18

Next race: Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, April 15


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6. Classic Empire (2 first-place votes)

Owner: John Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

2017 stats: 1 start, 0 wins, 0 seconds, 1 third

Previous race: 3rd, Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes, Gulfstream Park, Feb. 4 

Next race: Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, April 8


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7. Mastery 

Owner: Cheyenne Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2017 stats: 1 start, 1 win, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita Park, March 11

Next race: TBD; off Derby trail


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8. One Liner

Owner: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

2017 stats: 2 starts, 2 wins, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Southwest Stakes, Oaklawn Park, Feb. 4

Next race: TBD


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9. Practical Joke

Owner: Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2017 stats: 1 start, 0 wins, 1 second, 0 thirds

Previous race: 2nd, Fountain of Youth Stakes, Gulfstream Park, March 4

Next race: TBD, either Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, April 2, or Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, April 8


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10. Girvin

Owner: Brad Grady

Trainer: Joe Sharp

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

2017 stats:  2 starts, 1 win, 1 second, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Risen Star Stakes, Fair Grounds, March 4

Next race: Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, April 1

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