Kentucky Derby winner Orb continues as the unanimous choice of voters in the NTRA 3-year-old Poll. The colt will head the field in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico.
Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb picked up all 48 first-place votes for 480 points. Owned by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable, Orb will likely face eight rivals in the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown.
"I think it's formidable," said McGaughey of the prospective field. "I know that Oxbow made a good run in the Derby. I never really kind of sat down and watched it and pinned it down. The other horse (Will Take Charge) got in some trouble. You've got to respect Departing coming in there off his race in the Illinois Derby and being relatively fresh. My main concern is just trying to get Orb over there the best way we possibly can, and if he runs his race I think they'll know he's in there."
Revolutionary, third in the Run for the Roses, remains second with 422 points followed by Derby fourth-place finisher Normandy Invasion (312), Derby runner- up Golden Soul (247), Illinois Derby champ Departing (165), Mylute (157), Verrazano (156), Goldencents (129), Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar (102) and Kentucky Oaks runner-up Beholder (87).
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan remains the top dog in the NTRA National Poll ahead of Game On Dude.
Wise Dan received 33 first-place votes and 449 points. Trained by Charles Lopresti, the 6-year-old gelding will be rested until the Saratoga summer meet.
Game On Dude remains solidly in second with seven first-place votes and 405 points.
The next seven spots are unchanged from last week: Animal Kingdom (4, 339), Orb (3, 295), Point of Entry (1, 253), Royal Delta (140), Graydar (137), Take Charge Indy (107) and Suggestive Boy (89).
Ron the Greek fell out of the top-10 and was replaced by sprint champion Mizdirection. The 5-year-old mare, perfect this year in three starts, garnered 62 points.