America's Best Horses for May 18

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The field for the 2022 Kentucky Oaks breaks from the starting gate at Churchill Downs, with eventual winner Secret Oath (far right, #1) getting off to a good start. (Coady Photography)

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 2022 top 3-year-old rankings below.


AMERICA’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS FOR MAY 18, 2022

Eclipse Sportswire

1. Epicenter (23 first-place votes)

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Joel Rosario

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

Last race: 2ndKentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico


Coady Photography

2. 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: TBD


Eclipse Sportswire

3. Rich Strike (8 first-place votes)

Owner: RED TR-Racing

Trainer: Eric Reed

Jockey: Sonny Leon

2022 record: 4 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Last race: 1st, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Park


Coady Photography

4. Secret Oath (4 first-place votes)

Owner: Briland Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

2022 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Longines Kentucky Oaks, May 6 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico


Eclipse Sportswire

5. Jack Christopher (1 first-place vote)

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

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2022 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Pat Day Mile Stakes Presented by LG&E and KU, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD


Eclipse Sportswire

6. Simplification

Owners: Tami Bobo and Tristan De Meric

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: John Velazquez

2022 record: 5 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 4th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico


Coady Photography

7. Mo Donegal 

Owner: Donegal Racing 

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2022 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 5th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Park


Eclipse Sportswire

8 (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


Adam Coglianese/NYRA

8 (tie). Early Voting

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

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

Last race: 2nd, Wood Memorial Stakes Presented by Resorts World Casino, April 9 at Aqueduct

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico


Eclipse Sportswire

10. Nest

Owners: Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

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

Last race: 2nd, Longines Kentucky Oaks, May 6 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Park

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