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Classic Empire earned his first win of 2017 in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday. (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. With less than three weeks remaining before the Kentucky Derby, find the latest 2017 top 3-year-old rankings below. 

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AMERICA'S TOP 3-YEAR-OLD THOROUGHBREDS as of April 17

Eclipse Sportswire

1. Classic Empire (13 first-place votes)

Owner: John Oxley

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Julien Leparoux

2017 stats: 2 starts, 1 win, 0 seconds, 1 third

Previous race: 1st, Arkansas Derby, Oaklawn Park, April 15 

Next race: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6


Eclipse Sportswire

2. Always Dreaming (12 first-place votes)

Owner: Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, et al.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: John Velazquez

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

Previous race: 1st, Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, April 1

Next race: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6


Eclipse Sportswire

3. Irish War Cry (6 first-place votes)

Owner: Isabelle de Tomaso

Trainer: Graham Motion

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

2017 stats: 3 starts, 2 wins, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Wood Memorial Stakes, Aqueduct, April 8

Next race:  Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6


Eclipse Sportswire

4. Girvin (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Brad Grady

Trainer: Joe Sharp

Jockey (for Kentucky Derby): Mike Smith

2017 stats:  3 starts, 2 wins, 1 second, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Louisiana Derby, Fair Grounds, April 1

Next race: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6


Eclipse Sportswire

5. McCraken (3 first-place votes)

Owner: Whitham Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Ian Wilkes

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

2017 stats: 2 starts, 1 win, 0 seconds, 1 third

Previous race: 3rd, Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, April 8 

Next race: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6


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6. Gunnevera (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Peacock Racing Stables

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2017 stats: 3 starts, 1 win, 1 second, 1 third

Previous race: 3rd, Florida Derby, Gulfstream Park, April 1

Next race: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6


Eclipse Sportswire

7. Gormley (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Jerry and Ann Moss

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Jockey: Victor Espinoza

2017 stats: 3 starts, 2 wins, 0 seconds, 0 thirds

Previous race: 1st, Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita Park, April 8

Next race: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6


Eclipse Sportswire

8. Unique Bella (1 first-place vote)

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: TBD


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9. Mastery (2 first-place votes)

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


Eclipse Sportswire

10. Practical Joke

Owner: Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Joel Rosario

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

Previous race: 2nd, Blue Grass Stakes, Keeneland, April 8 

Next race: Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs, May 6

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