Game On Dude and Cairo Prince lead respective polls

The Sports NetworkMarch 17, 2014 

New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The second week of voting in the National Thoroughbred Association polls offered little change from the first week.

Game On Dude, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap, remains solidly atop the national rankings and the 3-year-old poll is again led by Holy Bull Stakes champ Cairo Prince.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Game On Dude received 23 first-place votes and 421 points for a 60 point lead over second-place horse Will Take Charge.

Will Take Charge, second in the Big 'Cap, has two top votes and 361 points. The 4-year-old, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, is expected to start next month in the Oaklawn Handicap.

Donn Handicap winner Lea remains third with four first-place votes and 312 points.

In fourth with 15 top votes and 276 points is defending two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan.

Mucho Macho Man, 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic champ, is fifth after finishing fourth in the Big 'Cap on March 8. The 6-year-old, trained by Kathy Ritvo, garnered 268 points.

The second five is led by Palace Malice with one first-place vote and 229 points. He is followed by Sahara Sky (145), Winning Prize (104), Beholder (86) and Close Hatches (38).

For the 3-year-old poll, Cairo Prince received 29 first-place votes and 403 points. Trained by Kiaran McLaughlin, the colt will start in the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 29.

San Felipe Stakes winner California Chrome, trained by Art Sherman, has six top votes and 331 points. The colt is listed as probable for the Santa Anita Derby on April 5.

"We're playing it by ear with him," Sherman said. "Let's say he's on the Derby trail and there's a chance he could run in the Santa Anita Derby. We'll wait and see how the horse is doing."

In third is Candy Boy, winner of the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. The colt, trained by John Sadler, picked up five first-place votes and 308 points. He too is probable for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby.

Gotham Stakes champ Samraat is fourth with two top votes and 250 points. Trained by Richard Violette, the colt is likely to start in the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 5.

Fifth-place is taken by Tapiture off his runner-up finish in last Saturday's Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The colt, trained by Steve Asmussen, received 208 points just five ahead of Rebel winner Hoppertunity who has one first- place vote and 203 points.

Intense Holiday, winner of the Risen Star Stakes, is seventh with 178 points followed by Fountain of Youth champ Wildcat Red (139), Honor Code (107) and Social Inclusion (66).

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