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Making the Grade, which will run through the 2017 Belmont Stakes, focuses on the winners or top performers of the big races, usually from the previous weekend, who could impact the Triple Crown. We’ll be taking a close look at impressive winners and evaluating their chances to win classic races based upon ability, running style, connections (owner, trainer, jockey) and pedigree.

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 3-year-Old Poll. Find the latest 2017 Top 3-Year-Old rankings below. 

AMERICA'S TOP 3-YEAR-OLD THOROUGHBREDS as of Feb. 21

The connections behind One Liner had the undefeated son of Into Mischief  ready for his stakes debut Feb. 20 in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

The odds were against Antone Metaxas’ Zakaroff during the Grade 3, $200,000 El Camino Real Derby, and it wasn’t just because of his number on the infield tote board at Golden Gate Fields.

It is coming together in classic fashion, like few other sports could produce: a widow in her 80s from Leoti, Kansas (population 1,500) has the “now” horse for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

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