Poll Gets New No. 1

Ochoa moves into leader position in older horse poll.

October 31, 2012

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For the first time in 2012, there’s a new sheriff among the older horses in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings. Following Sunday’s surprising defeat in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1) by Cold Cash 123, pollsters moved All American Derby (G1) hero Ochoa to the top of the list. The sport’s all-time leading money earner in terms of purses, Ochoa out-pointed Cold Cash 123 by a 98-89 margin this week.

El Aguila Real remained No. 3 this week following a runner-up effort in the Los Al Invitational where he outfinished Cold Cash 123 for the place spot, while Chivalry SR leaped into the rankings at No. 4 following that upset victory. Meanwhile, Bank of America Racing Challenge Championship (G1) winner Rylees Boy returned to the rankings this week after his impressive Saturday night score, reappearing at No. 5. Llano Teller fell three spots to No. 7 after finishing second in the big finale at Prairie Meadows.

While the rankings for the older horses provided volatile this week, the 2-year-old poll was at ease. One Dashing Eagle remains the unanimous No. 1-rated juvenile. The poll saw only minor shuffling at the bottom of the top 10.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (86)
3. CARTERS COOKIE (71)
4. BP CARTELS ALIBI (70)
5. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (40)
6. RONNIE JAMES (39)
7. LOTA PYC (33)
8. A DREAM TO REMEMBER (26)
9. EL DUERO (25)
10. ONE HANDSOME MAN (14)

Aha Moment (11), Heroes Heart (8), Stel My Corona (6), Dash For Coronas (6), Krash Cartel (5), Blackberry Czech (4), Sassmaster (3)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
1. OCHOA (98)
2. COLD CASH 123 (89)
3. EL AGUILA REAL (77)
4. CHIVALRY SR (62)
5. RYLEES BOY (60)
6. FLAME N FLASH (35)
7. LLANO TELLER (32)
8.-tie JLS MR BIGTIME (23)
8.-tie  EXECUTIVE BRASS (23)
10. CHARAL KID 12)

Priceless Feature (11), Ethics Aside (5), A Toss Up (4), Hez Our Secret (4), Jess Featureme Quick (4), Ima Chickie Two (4), Fredaville (3), Senor Toby (2), Ultimate Wave (1), 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)