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Rylees Boy Tops Poll

Rylees Boy runs straight to the top in AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com poll.

December 20, 2012

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A late-running victory in Saturday’s prestigious Champion of Champions (G1) earned Rylees Boy the No. 1 spot in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll for older horses. Rylees Boy toppled the season’s toughest field, which included seven nationally ranked runners at the time. Among those going down in defeat was former No. 1 Cold Cash 123, who slid to the No. 3 spot in this week’s poll.

Rylees Boy boasts a resume that also includes a victory this fall in the Bank of America Challenge Championship (GI), giving him a big late-season double. It was enough to leap over this week’s No. 2-ranked Ochoa, the brilliant 3-year-old who bypassed the Champion of Champions. Over all, the Top 10 remained intact this week with no new faces, just a reshuffling based on the results from Los Alamitos.

As for the 2-year-old rankings, One Dashing Eagle remained a unanimous No. 1 choice among pollsters once again this week. But Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) heroine Matabari shot up the charts from unranked all the way to No. 2. The filly has won three of five starts this year and tallied her first stakes final in the Los Al Two Million. Race runner-up The August Heat also debuts in the rankings this week at No. 9.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. MATABARI (80)
3. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (79)
4. CARTERS COOKIE (68)
5. BP CARTELS ALIBI (61)
6. VALIANT LIL LADY (41)
7. EL DUERO (22)
8. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (21)
9. THE AUGUST HEAT (16)
10. RONNIE JAMES (14)

Aha Moment (11), Lota PYC (10), A Dream To Remember (9), Open Me A Corona (8), Dash For Coronas (4), Heroes Heart (2), One Handsome Man (2), Freedom Choice (1), Sassmaster (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. RYLEES BOY (97)
2. OCHOA (90)
3. COLD CASH 123 (80)
4. EL AGUILA REAL (63)
5. FLAME N FLASH (61)
6. DENIRO (38)
7. CHIVALRY SR (33)
8. LLANO TELLER (20)
9. HEZ OUR SECRET (16)
10. THE LONG KNIFE (11)

Executive Brass (10), Senor Toby (9), Prospect To The Top (6), Priceless Feature (6), A Toss Up (4), Ethics Aside (4), Charal Kid (2), Check My Thoughts (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 (Q-Racing Ace, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)