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Check My Thoughts Enters National Rankings

Two-time derby winner finds his place in AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll

Q-Racing Journal
December 26, 2012

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Check My Thoughts added his second major Derby score of 2012 to his record on Sunday when he captured the Southern California Derby (G1) at Los Alamitos. Twice-placed in a pair of other major Derby finals this year and winner of the Golden State Derby (G1) in August, Check My Thoughts landed at No. 6 in this week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 poll for older horses.

The current poll is the next-to-last for the 2012 season. The season’s final poll will be taken after Sunday’s $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) and released next Wednesday, January 2.

There were no other changes to the rankings this week for the older horses or the 2-year-olds. Champion of Champions (G1) winner Rylees Boy remains top-ranked among the older set this week, 97-90, over star sophomore Ochoa. Among the 2-year-olds, the unanimous No. 1 choice remains One Dashing Eagle, one of the leading contenders for 2012 world champion.

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 (59)
5. FLAME N FLASH (53)
6. CHECK MY THOUGHTS (46)
7. DENIRO (37)
8. CHIVALRY SR (23)
9. LLANO TELLER (14)
10. HEZ OUR SECRET (11)

A Toss Up (10), Senor Toby (8), Executive Brass (8), The Long Knife (7), Prospect To The Top (5), Priceless Feature (4), Charal Kid (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)