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Jul 16, 2010

Two horse race continues in NTRA Poll

By: SPORTS NETWORK


New York, NY (Sports Network) - Following a one week break from voting in the NTRA National Poll, the same two horses remain on top of the tabulation. Champion mare Zenyatta holds a narrow lead over four-year-old colt Quality Road.

With both thoroughbreds perfect this year in three starts, Zenyatta has a four point lead on Quality Road, despite receiving seven more first-place votes.

Zenyatta, undefeated in 17 career starts, has 13 first-place votes and 178 points, one less point than two weeks ago. The six-year-old champion is expected to make her next start on August 7 at Del Mar in the Clement L. Hirsch, a race she has won the last two years.

Quality Road is steady with six first-place votes and 174 points. The winner of the Met Mile will also make his next start on August 7, but in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.

The next three spots are unchanged from the last poll: Blame (120), Rachel Alexandra (111) and Lookin At Lucky (101).

Double Eclipse Award winner Gio Ponti returns to the top 10 in sixth-place following Saturday's victory in the Man o'War Stakes at Belmont Park, his initial win of the year. Last year's Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up has 58 points with Kentucky Derby champ Super Saver in seventh with 45 points.

Rail Trip, who was edged in Saturday's Hollywood Gold Cup, dropped two rungs to eighth with 42 points. Blind Luck won Saturday's Delaware Oaks and moves up one spot to ninth with 39 points.

Tuscan Evening completes the top 10 with 33 points.



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