America's Best Horses for Sept. 28

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Authentic (right) and Tiz the Law, the 1-2 finishers in the Sept. 5 Kentucky Derby, remain in those positions in the Sept. 28 NTRA poll of leading 3-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses. (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 Thoroughbred Poll. Find out the latest 2020 top 3-year-old rankings below.


AMERICA'S TOP THOROUGHBREDS as of Sept. 28

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1. Authentic (23 first-place votes)

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

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 record: 5 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course


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2. Tiz the Law (14 first-place votes)

Owner: Sackatoga Stable

Trainer: Barclay Tagg

Jockey: Manuel Franco

2020 record: 5 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Longines Breeders' Cup Classic, Nov. 7 at Keeneland Race Course


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3. 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: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course


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4. Swiss Skydiver

Owner: Peter Callahan

Trainer: Kenny McPeek

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

2020 record:  8 starts – 4 wins – 2 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 2nd, Longines Kentucky Oaks, Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course


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5. Honor A. P. 

Owner: C R K Stable

Trainer: John Shirreffs

Jockey: Mike Smith

2020 record: 4 starts – 1 win – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 4thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

Next race: retired on Sept. 14 due to tendon injury.


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6. Thousand Words

Owners: Albaugh Family Stables and Spendthrift Farm

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Florent Geroux

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

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

Next race: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course


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7. Shedaresthedevil

Owners: Flurry Racing Stable, Qatar Racing Ltd. and Big Aut Farms

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

2020 record: 6 starts – 4 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 1stLongines Kentucky Oaks, Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD


8. Max Player

Owners: George Hall and SportBLX Thoroughbreds Corp.

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

2020 record: 4 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Last race: 5thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course


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9. Gamine

Owner: Michael Lund Petersen

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: John Velazquez

2020 record: 5 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Longines Kentucky Oaks, Sept. 4 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD


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10. Mr. Big News

Owner: Allied Racing Stable

Trainer: Bret Calhoun

Jockey: Gabriel Saez

2020 record: 8 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, Sept. 5 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, Oct. 3 at Pimlico Race Course

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