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Forte Resumes Lead Spot In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Forte breezes under Irad Ortiz Jr. Saturday morning on the main track at Belmont Park

Following Mage's defeat in the Preakness Stakes, juvenile champion Forte resumed the lead spot in this week's NTRA 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 Forte is expected to run next in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.

Run for the Roses winner Mage shifted to second position for trainer Gustavo Delgado, while Preakness winner National Treasure retained his third-place ranking for the Bob Baffert barn.

Kentucky Derby runner-up Two Phil's sits in the fourth slot on the poll for trainer Larry Rivelli, while third-place finisher Angel of Empire (Brad Cox) is in fifth ahead of a Belmont Stakes run.

Preakness runner-up Blazing Sevens sits in sixth (Chad Brown); G1 Blue Grass Stakes winner Tapit Trice sits in seventh (Todd Pletcher); G1 Santa Anita Derby winner Practical Move is eighth (Tim Yakteen); Sir Barton Stakes winner Arabian Lion is ninth (Baffert); and G3 Withers winner Hit Show (Brad Cox) is tenth.

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

The Top Thoroughbred Poll remains led by G1 Churchill Downs winner Cody's Wish, trained by Bill Mott, after a dominant performance on the Kentucky Derby undercard. 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).

The remainder of the Top Thoroughbred Poll is as follows:

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