Top three hold steady in NTRA Poll

7/2/2012 11:23:00 AM

Ron the Greek, winner of the Stephen Foster and Santa Anita Handicaps, held on to the top position for the third straight week. The five-year-old received 18 first-place votes and 391 points.

Four-year-old Shackleford is 42 points back in second after picking up seven top votes for 349 points.

Third-place is still in the hooves of Game On Dude. Trained by Bob Baffert, the five-year-old gelding picked up four first-place votes and 295 points. Game On Dude will make his next start in Saturday's $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

"His last race (Californian) was so easy. I think I raised my stick and put it in my left hand, but that's all I did," said the gelding's jockey Chantal Sutherland.

Moving up one spot is leading female thoroughbred Royal Delta. Trained by Bill Mott, the four-year-old filly garnered four top votes and 262 points.

The first five in the poll is completed by Wise Dan. The five-year-old gelding received 239 points.

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another is sixth with 10 first- place votes and 190 points. He's followed by Acclamation (142), Bodemeister (113), Alternation (98) and Belmont Stakes champ Union Rags (93).

Acclamation, Bodemeister and Alternation each received one first-place vote.