To clarify to HRI readers something many voters aren’t even sure of, this is what my NTRA ballot for the Week of SEP 23 looked.
Loose guidelines is some form of ranking for potential Horse of the Year candidates.
I feel comfortable reserving the top three slots toward that end, then I prefer to list who I think are divisional leaders.
Thereafter the inclusions are debatable–which is why races are run in the first place:
HRI’s NTRA Top 10, SEP 23, 2019
1. BRICKS AND MORTAR
3. MIDNIGHT BISOU
6. CODE OF HONOR
7. IMPERIAL HINT
9. WORLD OF TROUBLE
10. DUNBAR ROAD