America’s Best Horses for May 10

Each week, members of the media around the country vote on the nation’s top contenders on the Triple Crown trail in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.

The poll will run weekly through June 5. Find out the latest 2022 top 3-year-old rankings below.

AMERICA’S TOP THOROUGHBREDS FOR MAY 10, 2022

1. Epicenter (29 first-place votes)

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Joel Rosario

2022 record: 4 starts – 2 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

2. Zandon 

Owner: Jeff Drown

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Flavien Prat

2022 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Last race: 3rd, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

3. Rich Strike (10 first-place votes)

Owner: RED TR-Racing

Trainer: Eric Reed

Jockey: Sonny Leon

2022 record: 4 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 2 thirds

Last race: 1st, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

4. Secret Oath (4 first-place votes)

Owner: Briland Farm

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Luis Saez

2022 record: 4 starts – 3 wins – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 1st, Longines Kentucky Oaks, May 6 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

5. Jack Christopher

Owners: Jim Bakke, Gerry Isbister, Coolmore Stud and White Birch Farm

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2022 record: 1 start – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 1st, Pat Day Mile Stakes Presented by LG&E and KU, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD

6. Simplification

Owners: Tami Bobo and Tristan De Meric

Trainer: Antonio Sano

Jockey: John Velazquez

2022 record: 5 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 1 third

Last race: 4th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico

7. Mo Donegal 

Owner: Donegal Racing 

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2022 record: 3 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 1 third

Last race: 5th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD, possibly the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets, June 11 at Belmont Park

8. Taiba 

Owner: Zedan Racing Stables

Trainer: Tim Yakteen

Jockey: Mike Smith

2022 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 12th, Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve, May 7 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD

9. Nest

Owners: Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2022 record: 3 starts – 2 wins – 1 second – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Longines Kentucky Oaks, May 6 at Churchill Downs

Next race: TBD

10. Early Voting

Owner: Klaravich Stables

Trainer: Chad Brown

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

2022 record: 2 starts – 1 win – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Last race: 2nd, Wood Memorial Stakes Presented by Resorts World Casino, April 9 at Aqueduct

Next race: Preakness Stakes, May 21 at Pimlico