Ochoa Rolls Back Up Rankings

Champion positions himself for Champion of Champions run.

Q-Racing Journal
October 16, 2013

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Among the many accomplishments earned by Ochoa on the racetrack, you can now add No. 1-ranked older horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll to his growing list of accolades off the track. Pollsters rocketed the multiple champion up five spots this week to No. 1, following a dominant victory in the $150,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1).
The record earner of $2,762,615 lifetime defeated a stellar field at Los Al that included this week's No. 4 Priceless Feature and No. 6 Rylees Boy. Ochoa now has won two of three starts in a limited 2013 campaign that could culminate with a run at world champion honors in the Champion of Champions (G1) on December 14. With Ochoa’s rise to No. 1, last week's top vote-getter, Last To Fire, slid one place to No. 2.
The poll's newcomer this week was Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1) winner Remembering Spence, who ran his sophomore season record to 4-for-4, with a Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) trial win on Saturday. The November 2 Super Derby finalists also include this week’s No. 10-ranked runner, Bon Accord.
The national 2-year-old poll was unchanged this week. All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash remained a unanimous top choice on all ballots.
            1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
            2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (81)
            3.         ESPECIALLY TRES (64)
            4.         BIG BIZ PERRY (61)
            5.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (58)
            6.         DYNASTYS FIRST CALL (36)
            7.         REAGAL EAGLE (35)
            8.         WAGON TALES (34)
            9.         VIVA MI CORAZON (25)
            10.       HES RELENTLESS (22)
You N How Many More (10), WR Golden Eagle (9), Glitter In My Face (5), Big Dashing Perry (4), Houdini (3), Up For It (2), Coronado Cartel (1), Unchangeable (1)
            1.         OCHOA (88)
            2.         LAST TO FIRE (86)
            3.         FEATURE HERO (78)
            4.         PRICELESS FEATURE (67)
            5.         WICKED COURAGE (63)
            6.         RYLEES BOY (47)
            7.         CHECK N FETCH (25)
            8.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (23)
            9.         REMEMBERING SPENCE (18)
            10.       BON ACCORD (14)
Hez Our Secret (13), Far Niente (11), Sparky E Boy (5), Joker On Jack (3), Matabari (2), Significant Heart (1), Cold Cash 123 (1), Badfast (1)

The 10 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)