It was nip-and-tuck, but Real Solution once again held off Miss Behaviour to earn the weekly honors as top Midlantic-bred. Indeed, the list was identical to the one conducted three weeks ago.
Pennsylvania-bred Real Solution, most recently sixth in the Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, is one of just two Grade 1 winners this season bred in the mid-Atlantic. The son of Kitten's Joy-Reachfortheheavens, by Pulpit, won the Grade 1 Manhattan and was second in the Grade 1 Man o' War, both at Belmont Park. He has earned over $1.3 million for his owners, Ken and Sarah Ramsey, who also bred him.
The region's other Grade 1 winner, Maryland-bred The Big Beast, remained in third place, just ahead of another Maryland-bred, Ben's Cat. The three-year-old The Big Beast has won his last three starts, culminating in a narrow victory in the Grade 1 King's Bishop at Saratoga. But he has not raced since. He is a son of Yes It's True-V V S Flawless, by Deputy Minister. He is trained by Tony Dutrow for Alex and JoAnn Lieblong and was bred by Green Willow Farms.
The list of seven runners includes four horses bred in Pennsylvania, two bred in Maryland, and one bred in Virginia. Five males and two females are among the top seven; three are three-year-olds.
This marked the fourteenth edition of the poll.
Horses that have run in 2014 and were bred in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, and the Carolinas were eligible.
POLL LEADERS IN ACTION THIS WEEKEND
POLL RESULTS-TOP MIDLANTIC-BRED HORSES
Real Solution (49) – Pennsylvania
Miss Behaviour (48) — Pennsylvania
The Big Beast (34) — Maryland
Ben's Cat (33) — Maryland
Favorite Tale (22) — Pennsylvania
Princess of Sylmar (20) — Pennsylvania
Valid (18) — Virginia
Others receiving votes: Thank You Marylou, Down Town Allen, Giovanni Boldini, Page McKenney, Daring Dancer, Delaunay
Participating Voters: Ted Black (freelance writer), Michael Campbell (Thoroughbred Breeders' Association of New Jersey), Cindy Deubler (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred), Linda Dougherty (freelance), Debbie Easter (Virginia Thoroughbred Association), Anne Frederick (Maryland Horse Breeders Association), Cricket Goodall (Maryland Horse Breeders Association), Jim Hague (freelance), Nick Hahn (freelance), Jeff Nations (freelance), Kate Painter (West Virginia Thoroughbred Breeders Association), Vinnie Perrone (freelance), Frank Petramalo (Virginia Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association), David Richardson (Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association), John Scheinman (freelance), Dan Tordjman (freelance), Frank Vespe (The Racing Biz), Bill Watson (freelance), Lydia Williams (freelance), Bobby Zen (freelance).