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Enable‘s lone domestic run in Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Turf may have put her on the map for an Eclipse Award as the 4-year-old John Gosden trainee jumped to No. 5 in the final edition of the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll.
Classic winner Accelerate leads the rankings released Monday afternoon with Triple Crown winner Justify second, Distaff winner Monomoy Girl third and Sistercharlie, who took the Filly & Mare Turf, fourth.
Sistercharlie figures to win the Eclipse Award for Champion Female Turf horse, but Enable could make it close. Enable also received a trio of first-place vote, the only horse other than Accelerate (24) and Justify (19) to get top billing on any voters’ polls.
City of Light, Roy H, Game Winner, Newspaperofrecord and Yoshida rounded out the Top 10. Yoshida was the only one of 10 horses ranked that did not win a Breeders’ Cup race. He was fourth in the Classic.
The NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll is billed as the sport’s most comprehensive survey of experts. Every week eligible journalists and broadcasters — most of whom also vote for the Eclipse Awards — cast ballots weekly for their Top 10 horses, with points awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. All horses that have raced in the U.S., are in training in the U.S., or are known to be pointing to a major event in the U.S. are eligible.
Other horses receiving votes: STORMY LIBERAL (46), GUNNEVERA (45), MIND YOUR BISCUITS (37), THUNDER SNOW (28), JAYWALK (20), CATHOLIC BOY (16), DIVERSIFY (13), AUDIBLE (10), IMPERIAL HINT (9), MENDELSSOHN (5), WHITMORE (4), MAGICAL (4), BEE JERSEY (4), MIDNIGHT BISOU (3), WOW CAT (2), ABEL TASMAN (2), PROMISES FULFILLED (2), UNIQUE BELLA (1), VASILIKA (1), EXPERT EYE (1), CATALINA CRUISER (1), MARLEY’S FREEDOM (1).