Gun Runner wears the garland of flowers he earned in the Whitney Stakes

Gun Runner wears the garland of flowers he earned in the Whitney Stakes

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Gun Runner Eclipses Arrogate in NTRA Poll

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll released Aug. 21.

Gun Runner  took over first place for the first time in week 30 of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Top Thoroughbred Poll released Aug. 21. 

Trained by Steve Asmussen for Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm, multiple grade 1 winner Gun Runner moved up to first place after sitting second to Arrogate  for the past 21 weeks. The Candy Ride  colt won two straight "Win and You're In" qualifying events for a berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) Nov. 4 at Del Mar, when he took the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs in June and the Whitney Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 5.

Juddmonte Farms' Arrogate, who dominated the poll for the first 29 weeks of 2017 for trainer Bob Baffert, dropped down a notch to second after his runner-up finish behind stablemate Collected in the $1 milllion TVG Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) at Del Mar, also a "Win and You're In" contest for a berth in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Although Arrogate, the leading earner in North American racing history, also finished fourth one start prior in the TVG San Diego Handicap (G2) July 22, he remains on target for the Classic.

The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll concludes Nov. 6 after the running of the Breeders' Cup. 

NTRA Poll:  Week 30
 

Rank

Horse

Points

1.

Gun Runner 

394

2.

Arrogate

356

3.

Songbird

299

4.

Collected

235

5.

Stellar Wind

213

6.

Mor Spirit

166

7.

Lady Eli

156

8.

 Mind Your Biscuits

108

9.

Abel Tasman

81

10.

Lady Aurelia

53