Racing Poll Analysis

A closer look at the horses in the racing poll.

By Andrea Caudill
Q-Racing Journal
May 9, 2013

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The AQHA National Top 10 Poll is well under way, with both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old and older horse polls active. Taking a closer look at both of the polls, there were 39 total horses that received votes. This year, the horses with votes have raced in California, Florida, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Three months into the freshman season, the top 10 horses in the 2-year-old poll have started an average of 2.4 times and won their races 75 percent of the time. They have earned a combined $1,313,042 in those starts. It is notable that six of the horses sold at public auction, and the median price of those horses was $11,600. The average price, greatly affected by the six-figure Coronado Cartel, was $61,583. Of the remaining, three are homebreds, and one was a private sale.

On the 3-year-old and up list, three horses (PJ Chick In Black, Remembering Spence and Brace For Bernal) are 3. The remaining horses are older, with Rylees Boy, age 8, the most senior of the horses. Of the older horses, Brace For Bernal has earned the most this year ($121,729).

The following stallions had multiple horses on both the 2-year-old and 3-year-old and older polls, including all horses that received votes: Corona Cartel (3), Feature Mr Jess (3), Furyofthewind (2), No Secrets Here (2), PYC Paint Your Wagon (2).

Remaining stallions with one horse that received votes in the poll: Azoom, Carters Cartel, Chicks Regard, Chief Corona, Country Chicks Man, Dashair, Dean Miracle, Desirio, Dictorial, FDD Dynasty, First Down Dash, Foose, Heza Motor Scooter, Hard Hitting, Inseperable, Jess Louisiana Blue, Mr Jess Perry, Oak Tree Special, One Famous Eagle, Separatist, Shazoom, Sixes Royal, Special Cartel, Stel Corona, TR Dasher, Tres Seis and Valiant Hero.

Of those stallions, senior sires on the list include First Down Dash (23 crops to race), Mr Jess Perry (15), Shazoom (14), Corona Cartel (13), Dean Miracle (12) and Separatist (10). Other established stallions include Feature Mr Jess (9 crops to race), Heza Motor Scooter (8), Jess Louisiana Blue (8), TR Dasher (8), Tres Seis (8), Chicks Regard (7), Oak Tree Special (7), Azoom (6), Sixes Royal (6), Stel Corona (6), Dashair (5) and Desirio (5).

Young sires (stallions with four or less crops to race) include: One Famous Eagle (2 crops to race), No Secrets Here (2), Dictorial (2), Carters Cartel (2), Chief Corona (3), FDD Dynasty (3), Valiant Hero (3), Furyofthewind (4), PYC Paint Your Wagon (4), Country Chicks Man (4) and Special Cartel (4).

There are three freshman sires in the list: Foose, Hard Hitting and Inseperable.

Foose (Stel Corona-Summertime Quickie by Royal Quick Dash) is a 7-year-old owned by Dr. Ed Allred and Paul Jones. The sport’s champion 2-year-old colt in 2008, he won half of his 14 races and earned $1,616,938. His stakes victories include the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1), Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and Jens L List Jr Memorial California Breeders Stakes (RG3). He stands at Burns Ranch at Menifee, California, for a private fee.

Hard Hitting (TR Dasher-Chickasis by Chicks Beduino) is a 7-year-old owned by C.W. Davidson et al of Orange, California. The stallion, a half brother to Hot Hitter ($508,127), won five of 13 starts, including the Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG1) and Governor’s Cup Derby (RG1) to earn $358,923. Hard Hitting stands at TNL Farm at Bosque, New Mexico, for a private fee.

Inseperable (Separatist-A Delightful Legacy by First Down Dash) is a 7-year-old owned by Jim and Marilyn Helzer. The 2009 champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old colt, he won five of 12 starts and earned $672,756. His stakes highlights include wins in the Grade 1 Rainbow and All American derbies. He stands at JEH Stallion Station – Oklahoma for a $2,500 fee.

Mare power is evident in both of the Top-10 lists. Among the mares represented on the freshman list are Grade 1 winner First Carolina (dam of Denver Pass ($120,994), stakes producers Nagano Moon (dam of First Moonflash ($969,828), Dash Ta Moon ($351,680), Full Moon Dasher ($122,086) and Vancouver Moon ($120,760)) and Pure Oklahoma (dam of Adios My Amigos ($232,080) and Okahoma Bandido ($162,609)) and young mares Jess Racy Eyes (half sister to Big Daddy Cartel ($121,800)) and Madame Mayor (half sister to Mr Game ($182,754)).  

Especially Tres, Separatist Firstdown and She Forgives are all the first foals out of their dams.

Among the older horses, mares represented include Grade 1 winner A Chick Of Class ($161,824), multiple Grade 1-placed Lindas Dasher ($331,703) and multiple stakes winner First Kool Baby ($158,261). Meadow Creeks Effort is also the dam of Grade 1 winner Le Magnifique FG ($170,637).


1. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (One Famous Eagle-WR Red Ace by Lucky Aces N Eights) Homebred  
            2-1-1-0 $135,567  1st – West Texas Futurity (G1)
2. ESPECIALLY TRES (Dashair-Delightfully Tres by Tres Seis) $6,700 Heritage Place Yearling Sale
            2-2-0-0 $182,920 1st – Sam Houston Futurity (G2)
3. CORONADO CARTEL (Corona Cartel-First Carolina by Mr Jess Perry) $290,000 Ruidoso Yearling Sale
             3-3-0-0 $309,428 1st – Remington Park OK-Bred Fut (R)
4. FETCHING BEAUTY (No Secrets Here-Jess Racy Eyes by Mr Jess Perry) $5,800 Heritage Place Yearling Sale
             2-1-1-0 $131,910 1st – Oklahoma Futurity (G2)
5. HOUDINI (Valiant Hero-Pure Oklahoma by Takin On The Cash) Homebred
              3-2-1-0 $143,274 2d – Remington Park OK-Bred Fut (R)
6. MOONIFISANT (Sixes Royal-Nagano Moon by Major Rime) $45,000 Ruidoso Yearling Sale
              3-3-0-0 $125,875 1st - New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2)
7. SANDRA SUE BLUE (Jess Louisiana Blue-Madame Mayor by Mr Eye Opener) $5,500 Louisiana Yearling Sale
               3-2-0-0 $136,648 1st – Mardi Gras Fut (RG2)
8. SEPARATIST FIRSTDOWN (Separatist-Shesa Firstdown Jess by First Down Dash) Homebred
                2-2-0-0 $88,602 1st – Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3)
9. ANNA DELOVELY (Furyofthewind-Pritzi Too by Pritzi Dash)
                2-0-2-0 $52,988 2d – West Texas Futurity (G1)
10. SHE FORGIVES (Foose-Forgive Him by Hawkinson) $16,500 Los Alamitos Equine Sale
                2-2-0-0 $5,830


1. RYLEES BOY (Heza Motor Scooter-Pipistrelle by Rocky Jones)
                  45-22-9-6 $1,393,862 1st – Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1)
2. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (Desirio-Eddie Jym by Corona Cocktail)
                   8-7-0-0 $623,919 1st – West Texas Derby (G3)
3. REMEMBERING SPENCE (TR Dasher-Sables Bono by Bono Jazz)
                   7-4-1-2 $167,123 1st – Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1)
4. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (First Down Dash-A Chick Of Class by Chicks Beduino)
                  10-3-0-0 $80,137 1st – Leo Stakes (G1)
5. KOOL COUNTRY MAN (Country Chicks Man-First Kool Baby by First Down Dash)
                   26-8-2-3 $208,302 1st – Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1)
6. TF FEATURED EFFORT (Feature Mr Jess-Meadow Creeks Effort by Special Effort)
                   17-5-3-4 $191,341 1st – West Texas Maturity (G2)
7. TRES OF LINDA (Tres Seis-Lindas Dasher by Chicks Beduino)
                   13-6-3-1 $150,311 1st – Charger Bar Handicap (G2)
8. FEATURE MR WHO (Feature Mr Jess-Whosleaving Corona by Corona Cartel)
                   16-6-1-3 $130,776 1st - Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2)
9. BRACE FOR BERNAL (Furyofthewind-Zoom Bracer by Shazoom)
                 11-6-2-0 $192,856 1st – Remington Park OK-Bred Derby (R)
10. FAST PRIZE MIKE (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Fast Mans Prize by Heza Fast Man)  
                 13-4-7-0 $134,515 1st – Eastex Handicap (G2)