Last To Fire Rises to First in Poll

Two-time Grade 1 winner takes the lead in aged poll.

Q-Racing Journal
September 18, 2013

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The picture cleared among the nation's top older horses this past weekend when Last To Fire dispatched a stellar field with ease in the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos. A division looking for a definitive leader got just that in the latest AQHA Top 10 Poll. Last To Fire, ranked fifth a week ago, shot to the top on the strength of his second-straight Grade 1 stakes score of the season.

The 4-year-old gelding by Walk Thru Fire has won four of five starts on the 2013 season, including the Vessels Maturity (G1). His 1 ¾-length domination of the Go Man Go came against no less than four previous AQHA divisional champions. Race runner-up Rylees Boy, who dead-heated for the place with Sparky E Boy, checked in at No. 5 in this week's rankings. Rylees Boy had spent much of the spring atop the national poll following his win in the Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1).
This week's 2-year-old rankings remained unchanged as All American Futurity (G1) hero Handsome Jack Flash continued to be a unanimous No. 1 on all ballots.
1.         HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
2.         FIVE BAR CARTEL (81)
3.         MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (66)
4.         ESPECIALLY TRES (65)
5.         BIG BIZ PERRY (61)
6.         REAGLE EAGLE (49)
7.         WAGON TALES (46)
8.         HES RELENTLESS (24)
9.         WR GOLDEN EAGLE (17)
10.       GLITTER IN MY FACE (13)
Coronado Cartel (5), Houdini (4), You N How Many More (4), Big Dashing Perry (4), Up For It (2), Unchangeable (2), Fetching Beauty (2)
1.         LAST TO FIRE (91)
2.         FEATURE HERO (83)
3.         PRICELESS FEATURE (80)
4.         WICKED COURAGE (74)
5.         RYLEES BOY (53)
6.         OCHOA (51)
7.         FAR NIENTE (31)
8.         BON ACCORD (30)
9.         PROSPECT TO THE TOP (17)
Jess Featureme Quick (6), Spark E Boy (5), Badfast (3), Brace For Bernal (3), Scoop Of Sunshine (2), Cold Cash 123 (2), PJ Chick In Black (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 (, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell ( handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)