America's Best Horses for May 10

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Mandaloun moved into first place in the latest NTRA poll of 3-year-old Thoroughbreds released on May 10. (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 MAY 10, 2021

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1. Mandaloun (6 first-place votes)

Owner: Juddmonte Farms

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

2021 record: 4 starts -1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 2nd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: TBD


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2. Essential Quality (8 first-place votes)

Owner: Godolphin

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Luis Saez

2021 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 4th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: TBD


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3. Hot Rod Charlie 

Owners: Roadrunner Racing, Boat Racing and William Strauss

Trainer:  Doug O'Neill

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2021 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Last race: 3rd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: Belmont Stakes, June 5 at Belmont Park


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4. Medina Spirit (18 first-place votes)

Owner: Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: John Velazquez

2021 record: 5 starts – 2 wins – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: TBD, possibly the Preakness Stakes, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course


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5. Malathaat (1 first-place vote)

Owner: Shadwell Stable

Jockey: John Velazquez

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

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

Last race: 1st, Longines Kentucky Oaks, April 30 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: TBD


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6. Concert Tour 

Owners: Gary and Mary West

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

2021 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 3rd, Arkansas Derby, April 10 at Oaklawn Park

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course


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7. Midnight Bourbon

Owners: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2021 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 6th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 15 at Pimlico Race Course


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8 (tie). Jackie’s Warrior

Owners: J. Kirk and Judy Robison

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

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

Last race: 1st, Pat Day Mile Presented by LG&E and KU, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: TBD


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8 (tie). Rock Your World

Owners: Hronis Racing and Talla Racing

Trainer: John Sadler

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2021 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 17th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 1 at Churchill Downs 

Next race: TBD


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10. Life Is Good (1 first-place vote)

Owners: WinStar Farm and CHC

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

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

Last race: 1st, San Felipe Stakes, March 6 at Santa Anita Park

Next race: TBD, sidelined due to injury

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