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Kentucky Derby winner Authentic moves into No. 1 spot of NTRA Top Three-Year-Old Poll

At every point of call in the 146th edition of the Kentucky Derby, Authentic found himself in front of his sophomore rivals. When the votes were tallied in the latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top Three-Year-Old Poll, the son of Into Mischief was again the one who could not be caught as he takes over sole position of the No. 1 spot from longtime leader Tiz the Law. Authentic,...

Bill Thomason to retire as Keeneland President and CEO; Shannon Bishop Arvin named successor

Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of 2020 after a decade with Keeneland Association, including eight years at the helm of the global racing and sales company. Shannon Bishop Arvin, who as a partner with Stoll Keenon Ogden (SKO) has served as corporate counsel to Keeneland since 2008 and as Secretary and Advisory Member of Keeneland’s Board...

Tiz the Law retakes lead in NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll; voting to be suspended amid COVID-19 cancellations

Of all the impressive statements made by the sophomore male class thus far in 2020, the emphatic victory by Tiz the Law in the March 28 Grade 1 Florida Derby may resonate the loudest during a most uncertain time as the bay colt again established a clear lead in the latest National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. After slipping to the No. 2 spot in the poll behind undefeated...

Authentic takes sole lead in NTRA top 3-Year-Old Poll; Midnight Bisou is still top thoroughbred

While a pair of his stablemates posted impressive on-track wins this past weekend, the Bob Baffert-trained Authentic scored a victory in his own right without leaving his stall as he gained the outright lead in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. NTRA Top 3-year-Old Poll (click to enlarge). The undefeated Authentic tied for the top spot with Tiz the Law...

Thoroughbred trainers Jason Servis, Jorge Navarro among 27 indicted on illegal doping charges

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor A total of 27 individuals, including thoroughbred trainers Jason Servis and Jorge Navarro, are charged in an alleged illegal doping scheme, in an indictment unsealed Monday. Trainer Jason Servis (center) at the 2019 Kentucky Derby awaiting a decision on the status of Maximum Security. The colt, trained by Servis, crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified...

Georgetown resident Nevills to receive 2019 Media Eclipse Award for feature/commentary writing

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Daily Racing Form, and the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters today announced the winners of the 2019 Media Eclipse Awards in six categories. Joe Nevills of Georgetown won the award for Feature/Commentary Writing for his entry “Biting The Dust: A Long Goodbye to Mount Pleasant Meadows,” written for the Paulick Report on July 22. Nevills (Photo...

Seeking the Soul re-enters NTRA Thoroughbred Poll, Bricks and Mortar holds top spot

Seeking the Soul’s victory in the Grade 2 Stephen Foster Stakes at Churchill Downs this past Saturday earned the Charles Fipke homebred a guaranteed spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic and also allowed the bay horse to rejoin the top 10 in this week’s NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Click to enlarge The 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul (IRE) was among the top ten when the first NTRA Poll of 2019 was...

Latest twist in topsy-turvy NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll has Maximum Security back on top

A historic disqualification may have denied Maximum Security his place in history as an American classic winner but the impression the colt left in the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby has allowed him to hold bragging rights as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll concludes for 2019. (Click for larger image) With poll newcomer Sir Winston pulling off the mild upset...

Preakness winner War of Will remains atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll heading into Belmont Stakes Weekend

This weekend’s loaded slate of Grade 1 races slated to take place at Belmont Park will feature the leaders of both the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively, in Preakness Stakes winner War of Will and multiple Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar. Click to enlarge Gary Barber’s War of Will is set to become the only horse this...

Preakness Stakes winner War of Will edges past Maximum Security in NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Gary Barber’s War of Will has a new bragging right to go along with his classic victory in the Preakness Stakes as the son of War Front earned 16 first-place votes and a total of 322 points to take over the lead position in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. (Click to enlarge) War of Will’s total edged him past Maximum Security by a single point and...

NTRA president sends critical letter to HBO Real Sports producer regarding ‘Raced to Death’ segment

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) has released the following letter sent by President and CEO Alex Waldrop to Joe Perskie, executive producer, HBO Real Sports regarding the airing of a segment entitled “Raced to death.” The HBO Real Sports description of the segment, which is currently airing on the network, follows: 
“Bernard Goldberg examines why thousands of horses...

Maximum Security remains atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll; Preakness winner War of Will is second

War of Will’s statement-making victory in the 144thPreakness Stakes was heeded as the Mark Casse-trained colt earned 18 first-place votes and 411 points to move up to second overall in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Click to enlarge War of Will came into the middle leg of the Triple Crown after avoiding disaster in the Kentucky Derby Presented...

Maximum Security to skip Preakness Stakes, but remains atop the NTRA three-year-old poll

Their respective outings at Churchill Downs on May 4 continue to resonate for Maximum Security and fellow Grade 1 winner Bricks and Mortar as each remains out front in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll. Click to enlarge Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve but...

Despite Derby DQ, Maximum Security moves to the top of NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll; Country House is third

His winning effort in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve was made null and void via disqualification, but Maximum Security has been deemed the leader of his class by voters in the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. Click to enlarge Maximum Security, who crossed the wire first in the Kentucky Derby but was disqualified and placed 17thdue to interference,...

Omaha Beach holding strong atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby run

Days out from the 145th edition of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, the high opinion of Grade 1 Arkansas Derby winner Omaha Beach continued to dominate the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. (Click for larger image) There was no change in the top 10 this week with Omaha Beach remaining atop the 3-Year-Old Poll with 26 first-place votes and 384 total...

New face atop NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll; Omaha Beach surpasses Roadster with win in Arkansas Derby

The reign of California-based horses atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll continues this week in a new set of hands with Fox Hill Farms’ Omaha Beach taking over the No. 1 position from Roadster in the wake of the former’s triumph in last Saturday’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Click to enlarge Omaha Beach earned his second career graded stakes win and first...

Roadster moves to the top of the NTRA 3-Year-Old Poll following win in Santa Anita Derby

After knocking off reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby this past Saturday, Speedway Stable’s Roadster has bested his stablemate once more, this time taking over the top position in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll. (Click to enlarge) Game Winner had held the lead position among voters since the first poll of...

TVG, Jockeys’ Guild announce telethon For Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund Sunday

Hall of Fame jockeys and TVG talent will team up Sunday, April 7, as they host the second annual telethon to raise money for the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund (PDJF) live on TVG, America’s Horse Racing Network. Last year was a great success with nearly $230,000 raised. “2018 was an amazing success and we’re looking forward to beating that total” said Kip Levin, CEO of TVG. “The recent...

Maximum Security enters top 5 in 3-year-old poll; Dubai World Cup card winners make presence felt

A handy victory by Maximum Security in the Grade 1 Xpressbet Florida Derby and some stirring performances on the Dubai World Cup card provided some movement in this week’s National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll and NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll, respectively. Click to enlarge Trained by Jason Servis, Maximum Security remained unbeaten in four career starts and earned 100...

Louisiana Derby upsetter By My Standards joins top ten in NTRA 3-year-old poll; Game winner still leads

An upset result in the Grade 2 Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots allowed By My Standards to crash the top 10 while reigning juvenile male champion Game Winner strengthened his position atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) Top 3-Year-Old Poll this week. Click to enlarge By My Standards came into the Louisiana Derby off a maiden win and looked...