Belmont Winner Arcangelo Jumps To Second Spot In Final NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Belmont Winner Arcangelo Jumps To Second Spot In Final NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Belmont Stakes winner Arcangelo and jockey Javier Castellano are led to the winner’s circle

Arcangelo's history-making victory in the Belmont Stakes saw the son of Arrogate jump to second position in the final edition of the 2023 NTRA Top 3-Year-Old poll. Trained by Jena Antonucci and ridden by Javier Castellano, Arcangelo was previously ranked 16th off his victory in the Peter Pan.

Despite finishing second to Arcangelo in the Belmont Stakes, last year's juvenile champion Forte remains ranked first in the Top 3-Year-Old Poll. A winner of both his starts this year but scratched by state veterinarians over a hoof bruise on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, the Todd Pletcher-trained son of Violence was beaten 1 1/2 lengths in the Test of the Champion.

Run for the Roses winner Mage shifted to third position for trainer Gustavo Delgado, while Preakness winner National Treasure dropped to fourth ranking for the Bob Baffert barn after finishing sixth in the Belmont Stakes.

Kentucky Derby runner-up Two Phil's sits in the fifth slot on the poll for trainer Larry Rivelli, while Baffert trainee Arabian Lion is sixth after winning the G1 Woody Stephens. Belmont third-place finisher Tapit Trice is seventh (Pletcher); fifth in the Belmont, Angel of Empire is ranked eighth (Brad Cox); Kentucky Oaks and Acorn winner Pretty Mischievous is ninth for trainer Brendan Walsh; and Preakness runner-up Blazing Sevens is tenth for Chad Brown.

The 3-Year-Old poll represents horses competing up and through the Triple Crown.

The Top Thoroughbred Poll remains led by multiple Grade 1 winner Cody's Wish, trained by Bill Mott, after another dominant performance in Saturday's Met Mile. Last fall's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner is off to a big start in 2023, as is his Hall of Fame conditioner: Mott-trained Elite Power is second in this week's poll after a win in February's Riyadh Dirt Sprint (G3) and in Saturday's G2 True North.

Grade 1 Ogden Phipps winner Clairiere stepped up to third this week off her late-running victory for trainer Steve Asmussen, while the Chad Brown-trained In Italian moved up to fourth by remaining undefeated this season with wins in the G1 Jenny Wiley and G1 Just A Game.

The remainder of the Top Thoroughbred Poll is as follows:

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