America's Best Horses for June 14

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Horses break from the gate in the 2022 Belmont Stakes, with eventual winner Mo Donegal (#6, third from right) close in between rivals. (Chelsea Durand and Ryan Thompson/NYRA)

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 2022 top 3-year-old rankings below in the final poll of the Triple Crown season.


AMERICA’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS FOR JUNE 14, 2022

Janet Garaguso/NYRA

1. Mo Donegal (18 first-place votes)

Owner: Donegal Racing 

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2022 record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Park

Next race: Long-term goal is the Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course


Eclipse Sportswire

2. Early Voting (3 first-place votes)

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2022 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

Next race: TBD, possibly the TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 23 at Monmouth Park or the Jim Dandy Stakes, July 30 at Saratoga Race Course


Eclipse Sportswire

3 (tie). Epicenter (7 first-place votes)

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2022 record: 5 starts – 2 wins – 3 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2ndPreakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

Next race: TBD, possibly the TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 23 at Monmouth Park


Joe Labozzetta/NYRA

3 (tie). Jack Christopher (7 first-place votes)

Owners: Jim Bakke, Gerry Isbister, Coolmore Stud and White Birch Farm

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2022 record: 2 start – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Woody Stephens Stakes Presented by Mohegan Sun, June 11 at Belmont Park

Next race: TVG.com Haskell Stakes, July 23 at Monmouth Park


Coady Photography

5. Zandon 

Owner: Jeff Drown

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2022 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Last race: 3rd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Jim Dandy Stakes, July 30 at Saratoga Race Course


Eclipse Sportswire

6. Rich Strike 

Owner: RED TR-Racing

Trainer: Eric Reed

Jockey: Sonny Leon

2022 record: 5 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Last race: 6thBelmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Parks

Next race: Runhappy Travers Stakes, Aug. 27 at Saratoga Race Course


Susie Raisher/NYRA

7. Nest

Owners: Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House

Trainer: Jose Ortiz

Jockey: Todd Pletcher

2022 record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Park

Next race: TVD, possibly the Coaching Club American Oaks, July 23 at Saratoga Race Course


Eclipse Sportswire

8. Secret Oath 

Owner: Briland Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

2022 record: 5 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 4thPreakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

Next race: Coaching Club American Oaks, July 23 at Saratoga Race Course


Bob Coglianese/Gulfstream Park

9 (tie). Simplification

Owners: Tami Bobo and Tristan De Meric

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: John Velazquez

2022 record: 6 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 2 thirds

Last race: 6th, Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

Next race: TBD


BENOIT photo

9 (tie). Taiba 

Owner: Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Tim Yakteen

Jockey: Mike Smith

2022 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 12thKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD

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