America's Best Horses for Aug. 17

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Swiss Skydiver (right, red jockey cap) takes command at the top of the stretch en route to an overpowering win in the Aug. 15 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. (Dom Napolitano/NYRA Photo)

Each week members of the media around the country vote on the nation's top contenders on the Triple Crown and Kentucky Oaks trails in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Find out the latest 2020 top 3-year-old rankings below.


AMERICA'S TOP THOROUGHBREDS as of Aug. 17

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1. Tiz the Law (38 first-place votes)

Owner: Sackatoga Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Manuel Franco

2020 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs


Coady Photography

2. Art Collector

Owner: Bruce Lunsford

Trainer: Tom Drury Jr. 

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

2020 record: 4 starts  – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Ellis Park Derby, Aug. 9 at Ellis Park

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs


Eclipse Sportswire

3. Honor A. P. 

Owner: C R K Stable

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Jockey: Mike Smith

2020 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Shared Belief Stakes, Aug. 1 at Del Mar

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs


Bill Denver/EQUI-PHOTO

4. Authentic

Owners: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Frederick Hertrich III, John Fielding, and Golconda Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Drayden Van Dyke

2020 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 18 at Monmouth Park

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs


5 (tie). Swiss Skydiver

Owner: Peter Callahan

Trainer: Kenny McPeek

Jockey: Mike Smith

2020 record: 7 starts  – 4 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Alabama Stakes, Aug. 15 at Saratoga Race Course 

Next race: Longines Kentucky Oaks, Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs


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5 (tie). Gamine

Owner: Michael Lund Petersen

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Longines Test Stakes, Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Longines Kentucky Oaks, Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs


BENOIT photo

7. Thousand Words

Owners: Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Abel Cedillo

2020 record: 5 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Shared Belief Stakes, Aug. 1 at Del Mar

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs


Coady Photography

8. King Guillermo

Owner: Victoria's Ranch

Trainer: Juan Carlos Avila

Jockey: Samy Camacho

2020 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Arkansas Derby, May 2 at Oaklawn Park

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs


Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photo

9. Ny Traffic

Owners: John Fanelli, Cash is King, LC Racing and Paul Braverman

Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.

Jockey: Paco Lopez

2020 record: 5 starts – 1 win – 3 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 2ndTVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 18 at Monmouth Park

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs


Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photo

10. Caracaro

Owners: Global Thoroughred and Top Racing

Trainer: Gustavo Delgado

Jockey: Javier Castellano

2020 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 8 at Saratoga Race Course

Next race: Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

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