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Tacitus jumped into the Kentucky Derby picture with a fast-closing victory in the Tampa Bay Derby on Saturday.
Tacitus jumped into the Kentucky Derby picture with a fast-closing victory in the Tampa Bay 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. Find out the latest 2019 top 3-year-old rankings below. 

The weekly rankings are presented by Old Smoke Clothing, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which is the official T-shirt of America's Best Racing.

AMERICA'S TOP THOROUGHBREDS as of March 11

Game Winner
Eclipse Sportswire

1. Game Winner (31 first-place votes)

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Nov. 2 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Rebel Stakes, March 16 at Oaklawn Park


War of Will
Eclipse Sportswire

2. War of Will (7 first-place votes)

Owner: Gary Barber

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

2019 stats: 2 starts, 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Risen Star Stakes, Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds

Next race: Louisiana Derby, March 23 at Fair Grounds


Improbable
Eclipse Sportswire

3. Improbable (5 first-place votes)

Owners: WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, and Starlight Racing

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke

2019 stats: 0 starts, 0 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Los Alamitos Cash Call Futurity, Dec. 8 at Los Alamitos

Next race: Rebel Stakes, March 16 at Oaklawn Park


Code of Honor
Bob Coglianese/Gulfstream Park

4. Code of Honor

Owner: W.S. Farish

Trainer: Shug McGaughey

Jockey: John Velazquez

2018 stats: 2 starts, 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes, March 2 at Gulfstream Park

Next race: TBD, possibly Xpressbet Florida Derby, March 30 at Gulfstream Park


Mucho Gusto
Eclipse Sportswire

5. Mucho Gusto

Owner: Michael Lund Petersen

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Joe Talamo

2019 stats: 1 start, 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Feb. 2 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Sunland Derby, March 24 at Sunland Park


Tacitus
Eclipse Sportswire

6. Tacitus

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2019 stats: 1 start, 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Lambholm South Tampa Bay Derby, March 9 at Tampa Bay Downs

Next race: TBD, either the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, April 6 at Keeneland; the Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, April 6 at Aqueduct; or the Arkansas Derby, April 13 at Oaklawn Park


Bourbon War
Leslie Martin/Coglianese Photos

7. Bourbon War

Owners: Bourbon Lane Stable and Lake Star Stable

Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2019 stats: 2 starts, 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Xpressbet Fountain of Youth Stakes, March 2 at Gulfstream Park

Next race: TBD, possibly Xpressbet Florida Derby, March 30 at Gulfstream Park


Haikal
Eclipse Sportswire

8. Haikal

Owners: Shadwell Stable

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin

Jockey: Rajiv Maragh

2019 stats: 2 starts, 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Gotham Stakes, March 9 at Aqueduct

Next race: TBD, possibly the Wood Memorial Stakes presented by NYRA Bets, April 6 at Aqueduct


Country House
Lauren King/Coglianese photo

9. Country House

Owners: Mrs. J.V. Shields Jr., E.J.M. McFadden Jr., and LNJ Foxwoods

Trainer: Bill Mott

Jockey: Luis Saez

2019 stats: 2 starts, 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Risen Star Stakes, Feb. 16 at Fair Grounds

Next race: Louisiana Derby, March 23 at Fair Grounds


Gunmetal Gray
BENOIT photo

10. Gunmetal Gray

Owners: Hollendorfer, Pearl Racing, and West Point Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer

Jockey: Mike Smith

2019 stats: 2 starts, 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Feb. 2 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Rebel Stakes, March 16 at Oaklawn Park

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