America’s Best Horses for Feb. 16

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Horses race to the finish in the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, won by Essential Quality (second from left). (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. The poll will run weekly through June 5. Find out the latest 2021 top 3-year-old rankings below.


AMERICA’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS FOR FEB. 16, 2021

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1. Essential Quality (24 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Luis Saez

2021 record: N/A

Last race: 1st, TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Nov. 6 at Keeneland Race Course

Next race: Southwest Stakes, date postponed to either Feb. 27 or Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Park


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2. Life Is Good (5 first-place votes)

Owners: WinStar Farm and CHC

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2021 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Sham Stakes, Jan. 2 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: San Felipe Stakes, March 6 at Santa Anita Park


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3. Mandaloun (4 first-place votes)

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

2021 record: 2 starts – 1 first – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Risen Star Stakes Presented by Lamarque Ford, Feb. 13 at Fair Grounds

Next race: Louisiana Derby, March 20 at Fair Grounds


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4. Greatest Honour (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Courtlandt Farms

Trainer: Shug McGaughey

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2021 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Holy Bull Stakes, Jan. 30 at Gulfstream Park

Next race: Fountain of Youth Stakes, Feb. 27 at Gulfstream Park


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5. Medina Spirit

Owner: Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Abel Cedillo

2021 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Robert B. Lewis Stakes, Jan. 30 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: TBD


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6. Caddo River (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Shortleaf Stable

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

2021 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Smarty Jones Stakes, Jan. 22 at Oaklawn Park

Next race: Rebel Stakes, March 13 at Oaklawn Park


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7. Concert Tour

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 record: 2 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, San Vicente Stakes, Feb. 6 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: Rebel Stakes, March 13 at Oaklawn Park


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8. Keepmeinmind

Owners: Cypress Creek, Arnold Bennewith and Spendthrift Farm

Trainer: Robertino Diodoro

Jockey: David Cohen

2021 record: N/A

Last race: 1st, Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Southwest Stakes, date postponed to either Feb. 27 or Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Park


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9. Jackie’s Warrior

Owners: Kirk and Judy Robison

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 record: N/A

Last race: 4th, TVG Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, Nov. 6 at Keeneland Race Course

Next race: Southwest Stakes, date postponed to either Feb. 27 or Feb. 28 at Oaklawn Park


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10. Risk Taking

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Eric Cancel

2021 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Withers Stakes, Feb. 6 at Aqueduct

Next race: Wood Memorial Stakes, April 3 at Aqueduct

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