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'Eagle', 'Rylee' Top Final Poll

Racing poll concludes with One Dashing Eagle, Rylees Boy on top.

Q-Racing Journal
January 2, 2013

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Pollsters concluded the 2012 AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings with final endorsements of One Dashing Eagle as the top 2-year-old and Rylees Boy as the No. 1 horse aged 3 years old or older. The pair posted signature wins on the season, with One Dashing Eagle capturing the All American Futurity (G1) and Rylees Boy annexing the Champion of Champions (G1).

The poll’s major mover in the final week was Prospect To The Top, who re-entered the rankings for the older horses at No. 8 following a victory in the December 30 Championship at Sunland Park (G1). The victory marked the second Grade 1 win of 2012 for the 4-year-old stallion.

The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll will be on hiatus for the next two months, and will return weekly starting in March. On January 16, the 2012 racing champions will be unveiled at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The event will also be broadcast live and free of charge on www.qracingvideo.com.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. ONE DASHING EAGLE (100)
2. MATABARI (80)
3. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (79)
4. CARTERS COOKIE (69)
5. BP CARTELS ALIBI (62)
6. VALIANT LIL LADY (47)
7. EL DUERO (22)
8. RONNIE JAMES (18)
9. SUDDEN THOUGHTS (16)
10. A DREAM TO REMEMBER (13)

Aha Moment (11), Lota PYC (8), The August Heat (8), Open Me A Corona (8), Dash For Coronas (3), Heroes Heart (2), Freedom Choice (1), Sassmaster (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. RYLEES BOY (98)
2. OCHOA (90)
3. COLD CASH 123 (78)
4. EL AGUILA REAL (60)
5. FLAME N FLASH (58)
6. CHECK MY THOUGHTS (42)
7. DENIRO (35)
8. PROSPECT TO THE TOP (33)
9. CHIVALRY SR (20)
10. HEZ OUR SECRET (11)

A Toss Up (10), Llano Teller (8), Executive Brass (7), Senor Toby (7), Priceless Feature (4), The Long Knife (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)