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Sierra Leone Launches Into Second Spot on NTRA 3YO Poll

Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Westerberg, Brook Smith, and Peter Brant’s Sierra Leone  improved to the second spot on the National Thoroughbred Racing Association’s top 3-year-old poll following an impressive come-from-behind win in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (G2) at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

In his first start of the year, Sierra Leone launched a rally from more than six lengths back to nab graded stakes winner Track Phantom  on the wire by a half-length. The flashy victory catapulted him from ninth place in the NTRA poll to the number two spot. Track Phantom also improved from fourth to third.

Baoma Corp.’s undefeated Nysos  remains in the top spot after a dominant victory in the Feb. 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita Park that earned him 28 first-place votes. Trained by Bob Baffert, Nysos is ineligible to run in the May 4 Kentucky Derby (G1). Sierra Leone, who received four first-place votes, closed as the 6-1 individual favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager Feb. 18.

The top Thoroughbred poll will likely be shaken up this weekend as four of the top five horses are scheduled to start in the Saudi Cup (G1) Feb. 24 at King Abdulaziz Racecourse: National Treasure  (first), White Abarrio  (second), Senor Buscador  (tied-third), and Saudi Crown  (fifth).

See the full NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll for Week 4.

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