New Leaders Rise to Top in Polls

Racing polls gain new leaders.

Q-Racing Journal
September 4, 2013

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This past weekend's winners of the Grade 1 All American Derby and Futurity were rewarded with No. 1 billings in the latest AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national rankings. Handsome Jack Flash's victory in the All American Futurity earned him a unanimous No. 1 place on all ballots, while the Derby upset of Feature Hero was just enough to forge him to the top, 88-87, in tight balloting over Priceless Feature and Wicked Courage.
 
The 2-year-old picture clarified after Handsome Jack Flash outran an All American Futurity field that included no less than five nationally ranked runners. The New Mexico-bred gelding has now won four of five starts with his lone defeat coming in his All American Futurity trial runner-up effort. Behind Handsome Jack Flash, the poll boasts Five Bar Cartel and Big Biz Perry, major futurity winners from earlier in the season.
 
The rankings for the older horses are a bit more muddled. Just six points in the balloting separate the top-three performers, as Feature Hero's two-for-six campaign attests to the division's up-and-down volatility. In two Derby finals this season, Feature Hero owns an All American victory and a runner-up to the recently retired Brace For Bernal in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R). Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) victor Priceless Feature checks in second, while two-time Grade 1 winner Wicked Courage slipped to third this week after suffering his second-straight loss in a dull All American Derby effort. Both Priceless Feature and Wicked Courage have spent time at No. 1 in the poll this year, as has this week's No. 5-rated runner, Rylees Boy, whose most recent start was a fourth-place finish in Jess Featureme Quick’s Bank of America Los Alamitos Championship Challenge (G3).
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. HANDSOME JACK FLASH (100)
2. FIVE BAR CARTEL (74)
3. BIG BIZ PERRY (69)
4. ESPECIALLY TRES (65)
5. MS FIRST PRIZE ROSE (64)
6. REAGLE EAGLE (50)
7. WAGON TALES (41)
8. HES RELENTLESS (25)
9. WR GOLDEN EAGLE (17)
10. GLITTER IN MY FACE (10)

Coronado Cartel (9), Unchangeable (6), Houdini (6), Big Dashing Perry (4), You N How Many More (3), Up For It (2), Fetching Beauty (2)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1. FEATURE HERO (88)
2. PRICELESS FEATURE (87)
3. WICKED COURAGE (81)
4. LAST TO FIRE (58)
5. RYLEES BOY (55)
6. OCHOA (52)
7. BON ACCORD (44)
8. FAR NIENTE (24)
9. BRACE FOR BERNAL (15)
10. JESS FEATUREME QUICK (13)

Prospect To The Top (8), First In Class DBS (6), PJ Chick In Black (5), Scoop Of Sunshine (4), Remembering Spence (4), Check My Thoughts (3), Cold Cash 123 (2), Vodka With Ice (1)