Seven of Top Ten Pollsters in Champion of Champions

Top horses in Poll also top the Champion of Champions field.

Q-Racing Journal
December 12, 2012

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This week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll for older horses includes seven runners who will clash in Saturday’s prestigious Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos. The rankings once again are led by Cold Cash 123, who could sew up the year’s top perch with a win Saturday.

But holding the top spot won’t be easy for Cold Cash 123, as six other nationally ranked contenders are among the Champion of Champions lineup. They include No. 3-ranked El Aguila Real, No. 4 Chivalry SR, No. 5 Rylees Boy, No. 6 Deniro, No. 8 Flame N Flash and No. 10 Hez Our Secret. Five of the nation’s top six-rated horses this week will be headlining the Champion of Champions field.

There were no major changes to the 2-year-old poll this week, but Sunday’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) figures to have a major impact moving forward. One Dashing Eagle remains the unanimous No. 1-rated juvenile this week. None of the finalists for the “Deuce” currently sit in the Top 10, although Aha Moment sits just outside the rankings with some balloting support.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (83)
3. CARTERS COOKIE (75)
4. BP CARTELS ALIBI (72)
5. VALIANT LIL LADY (48)
6. A DREAM TO REMEMBER (32)
7. RONNIE JAMES (31)
8. EL DUERO (29)
9. LOTA PYC (25)
10. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (24)

Aha Moment (14), Open Me A Corona (12), Secret Courage (7), Dash For Coronas (5), One Handsome Man (4), Heroes Heart (3), Stel My Corona (3), Sassmaster (2), Big Boi (2), Blackberry Czech (1), Freedom Choice (1), PYC Kant Katch Me (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. COLD CASH 123 (97)
2. OCHOA (88)
3. EL AGUILA REAL (76)
4. CHIVALRY SR (68)
5. RYLEES BOY (50)
6. DENIRO (34)
7. LLANO TELLER (29)
8. FLAME N FLASH (26)
9. THE LONG KNIFE (25)
10. HEZ OUR SECRET (14)

Executive Brass (11), Charal Kid (6), Ethics Aside (5), Priceless Feature (5), JLS Mr Bigtime (4), A Toss Up (4), Check My Thoughts (4), Senor Toby (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)