Trainer Mott Has Three in Top Ten with Casa Creed

August 15, 2023

Casa Creed Moves into NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll at No. 8 after Fourstardave H. (G1T) Win. (Adam Coglianese)

NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll – August 14, 2023

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LRE Racing LLC and JEH Racing Stable LLC’s Casa Creed rose to the top ten in position number eight of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll this week with his exciting victory for trainer Bill Mott in the Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap on the turf at Saratoga Race Course Saturday. 

Juddmonte’s Elite Power went to the top of the Poll last week also for trainer Mott based on his victory by a head over Gunite in the Grade 1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

Godolphin’s Cody’s Wish remains a strong second with his third-place performance in the Grade 1 Whitney where he was leaning on the right side of the stall a bit unprepared for the start when the latch was sprung and lost his hind footing skidding out of the gate and conceding three to four lengths to the front before settling into stride. Trainer Mott is one, two in the Poll.

The lovely Todd Pletcher trainee Nest sits in third for owners Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House. The Curlin filly won the Grade 2 Scuvee over rival Clairiere.

Up to the Mark, owned by Repole Stable an St. Elias Stable and also trained by Pletcher, is in the number four position for his Grade 1 Manhattan score.

Rounding out the top five is C Two Racing Stable and Antonio Pagnano’s Grade 1 Whitney champ White Abarrio for his new trainer Rick Dutrow, Jr., in his first stakes win at Saratoga since being reinstate.

Week 29 of the 2023 NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll conducted by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), covering racing performances through August 13. Voting is conducted by national media.

The Top Thoroughbred poll represents horses competing for Horse of the Year. The Top Thoroughbred Poll concludes on Tuesday, November 7 following the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.


1ELITE POWER (25)5-H3-3-0-03251
2CODY’S WISH (6)5-H3-2-0-12532
4WHITE ABARRIO4-C4-2-0-11695
5UP TO THE MARK4-C5-4-0-11564
7FORTE (2)3-C4-3-1-01247
8CASA CREED7-H4-2-1-17026
9IN ITALIAN5-M3-2-1-04110
10TWEST WILL POWER6-H4-2-1-1399
10TGOODNIGHT OLIVE5-M3-2-0-13911

Other horses receiving votes: Geaux Rocket Ride (31), Mage (29), Gunite (27), Art Collector (20), Proxy (18), Pretty Mischievous (17), Rattle N Roll (16), Caravel (16), Arcangelo (16), Maple Leaf Mel-1 (13), Set Piece (12), Arabian Lion (11), Code Of Honor (9), Echo Zulu (7), Adare Manor (7), Defunded (5), Zandon (4), New York Thunder (4), Fev Rover (2), The Chosen Vron (2), Prince Of Monaco (1), Senor Buscador (1), Channel Maker (1)

Rankings on polls are on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-1 basis with first place votes in parentheses, 2023 record and total points. A-S: Age-Sex, Sex: C-colt, G-gelding, H-horse, F-filly, M-mare, R-ridgling.

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Another great piece by Jonathan!

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