Letruska wins the Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs.

For the third week in a row, St. George Stables ‘5 year old mare Letruska was voted No. 1 in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, while Klaravich Stables’ 4 year old gelding Domestic Spending climbed to third place.

Letruska, trained by Fausto Gutierrez, has Grade 1 wins in the Apple Blossom Handicap in Oaklawn Park and in Ogden Phipps in Belmont Park. She also won her last race, the Fleur de Lis Grade 2 at Churchill Downs. Letruska, a daughter of 2010 Kentucky Derby Derby Class 1 winner Super Saver, has 13 votes for first place and 280 points.

Godolphin’s 4-year-old Maxfied, trained by Brendan Walsh, holds second place with five votes for first place and 246 points. Maxfield has won three out of four starts this year, including a commanding win at the Stephen Foster Stage 2 Stakes on June 26th at Churchill Downs. Maxfield’s only career loss in eight starts was a third place in this year’s Santa Anita Handicap Class 1.

Domestic Spending, trained by Chad Brown, took tenth place in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll on May 3rd after finishing first in a dead race at the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic Class 1 with Colonel Liam. Since then, Domestic Spending has risen steadily in the rankings, largely aided by his 2¾ long win at the Grade 1 Resorts World Casino Manhattan Stakes in Belmont Park on June 5th. Domestic Spending climbed from fourth to third place this week, earning six votes for first place and 216 points.

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing’s 4-year-old Silver State has won all four of its four starts this year, including a final Grade 1 Hill ‘N’ Dale Metropolitan Handicap win on June 5th in Belmont. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Silver State rose from fifth to fourth place with three votes for first place and 207 points.

Godolphin’s 3-year-old Essential Quality, who won the Belmont Stakes Grade 1 presented by NYRA Bets, improved from sixth to fifth place. Trained by Brad Cox, Essential Quality, who also won the Toyota Blue Grass Class 2 Stakes, has three votes for first place and 181 points.

Korea Racing Authority’s Knicks Go, also trained by Cox, won the Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Handicap Grade 3 with 10½ lengths on July 2nd. Knicks go, also victorious in the Grade 1 Pegasus World Cup Invitational in Gulfstream Park in January, is in sixth place with 122 points.

Godolphin’s four-year-old Mystic Guide, Group 1 Dubai World Cup winner and runner-up in Grade 2 Suburban at Belmont, slipped from third to seventh place this week after it was announced he would need surgery for a knee chip. Mystic Guide was trained by Mike Stidham and received two votes for first place and 102 points.

Michael Lund Petersen’s 4-year-old Gamine, the 2020 Sprint Champion, has won all of her three starts this year including the Grade 1 Derby City Distaff presented by the Kendall Jackson Winery in Churchill Downs. Trained by Bob Baffert, Gamine has 81 points and is eighth.

Three year old Mandaloun from Juddmonte moved up from 18th to ninth place this week. The third runner in the top 10, trained by Cox, moved up from second to first place on Saturday after Hot Rod Charlie was disqualified in the TVG.com Grade 1 Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park. Mandaloun, who finished second in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve, has 47 points.

The top 10 is rounded off by another grass star, the 4-year-old filly Althiqa (GB). Owned by Godolphin and trained by Charlie Appleby, Althiqa won her second Grade 1 of the year on Saturday when she won the Diana Stakes in Saratoga. Althiqa, who has 45 points, also won the Longines Just a Game on June 5th in Belmont.

The NTRA Top Thoroughbred surveys are the most comprehensive expert surveys in sport. Each week, eligible journalists and broadcasters cast their votes for their top 10 horses, with points being awarded on a basis of 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1. All horses that have taken part in races in the USA, are training in the USA or are known to indicate a major event in the USA are eligible for the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. The vote in the Top Thoroughbred Poll should be carried out by November 6th.

The full results of the NTRA whole blood surveys can be found on the NTRA website at: https://www.ntra.com/ntra-top-thoroughbred-poll-july-19-2021/