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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.

Welcome to another edition of America’s Best Racing’s Main Track.                  

Each week in this space we will spotlight the most meaningful story of the past week, detailing a story that will stand out because of its importance or perhaps the emotional response it will generate.

Looking ahead, if you believe there’s a story this week that should be featured in next Tuesday’s edition of the Main Track, let us know by tweeting it to @ABRLive using the hashtag #ABRMainTrack.

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. 


The Florida Derby is one of the most important preps on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, and this year’s race is expected to attract a slew of Derby hopefuls looking for a spot in the gate on the first Saturday in May.

Saturday’s $1 million Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds is the major prep race for Louisiana-based horses whose connections have designs on the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

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