Despite a busy May with plenty of top-level racing action, there was virtually no change from last month in the monthly Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred/The Racing Biz Top Midlantic-bred Poll.
Stellar Wind was the unanimous choice to the top spot among older horses. The Virginia-bred daughter of Curlin narrowly bested Vale Dori to take the Grade 1 Beholder Mile last Saturday at Santa Anita Park. That gave her two wins, both in Grade 1 company, from two starts so far in 2017.
Meanwhile, Irish War Cry – a New Jersey-bred son of Curlin – again topped the poll among three-year-olds, comfortably outdistancing the injured filly Unique Bella. Irish War Cry is the morning line favorite for Saturday’s Grade 1 Belmont Stakes.
Among older horses, there was something of a logjam for second in the poll. Pennsylvania-bred Mor Spirit, New Jersey-bred Green Gratto, and Finest City, also a PA-bred, all had virtually the same number of points.
Mor Spirit and Green Gratto both are in action this weekend. Mor Spirit, a Bob Baffert-trained son of Eskendereya, won the Grade 3 Steve Sexton Mile last out and is the 5-2 morning line favorite In Saturday’s Grade 1 Met Mile at Belmont.
Green Gratto, a son of Here’s Zealous, is a longshot in the Grade 2 True North Friday at Belmont Park.
Finest City, by City Zip, ran third behind Stellar Wind last week in the Beholder.
The only newcomer to either list was eight-year-old Partly Mocha. The West Virginia-bred Half Ours gelding has wins in a pair of turf sprint stakes at Sam Houston this year.
Among the top three-year-olds, Irish War Cry is the only runner slated to be in action this week.
Last week, Bonus Points made his career turf bow but finished eighth in the Grade 2 Penn Mile. The Maryland-bred son of Majestic Warrior won the Parx Derby for his first win of 2017 on May 6.
Fast and Accurate, winner of the Grade 3 Spiral earlier this year, ran twice in May. The Pennsylvania-bred Hansen colt ran 17th in the Kentucky Derby and then was fourth in the Grade 3 Arlington Classic.
The poll is conducted monthly among a panel of industry participants and media members.
Of the 10 horses on the twin lists, four were bred in Pennsylvania, and two each were bred in Maryland and New Jersey. There was one Virginia-bred and one West Virginia-bred. The list includes seven males and three females.
The monthly Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred is the only publication devoted to Thoroughbred breeding and racing in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Racing Biz is the independent voice for mid-Atlantic racing and breeding and includes an online publication, a mobile application, and the weekly Off to the Races radio show.
The poll is restricted to horses that have run in 2017 and were bred in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Carolinas.
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