Poll 'Features' Some Changes

Top horses shine as more big races approach.

Q-Racing Journal
September 11, 2013

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One week after deeming All American Derby (G1) upset winner Feature Hero the No. 1-rated older horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com Top 10 Poll, balloteers shifted course this week, placing Priceless Feature in the top slot. Balloting remained close, and while Feature Hero owned a scant 88-87 advantage one week ago, the polling flipped to 90-89 this week in favor of Priceless Feature. The Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) winner had a stay atop the poll in July, as well. Priceless Feature and Feature Hero are stablemates trained by Eddie Willis.
 
This Sunday's Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos could be next for Priceless Feature, one of 23 nominees for the race that also includes No. 4 Rylees Boy and No. 6 Ochoa. The Go Man Go will be drawn Thursday.
 
The rankings for 3-year-olds and older also saw Prospect To The Top return to the poll this week at No. 10, replacing the recently retired Brace For Bernal. Prospect To The Top won his long-awaited return September 1 and wheels back quickly as the even-money morning line favorite this Saturday in Zia Park's James Isaac Hobbs Stakes (G2).
 
The Top 10 juveniles remained intact for the second consecutive week as All American Futurity (G1) winner Handsome Jack Flash again garnered unanimous support at No. 1. The only minor shifting in the polls came when Big Biz Perry slid two spots to No. 5.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
            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.         REAGAL 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)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & UP
 
            1.         PRICELESS FEATURE (90)
            2.         FEATURE HERO (89)
            3.         WICKED COURAGE (81)
            4.         RYLEES BOY (60)
            5.         LAST TO FIRE (59)
            6.         OCHOA (44)
            7.         BON ACCORD (38)
            8.         FAR NIENTE (30)
            9.         JESS FEATUREME QUICK (18)
            10.       PROSPECT TO THE TOP (10)
 
Remembering Spence (9), PJ Chick In Black (5), Brace For Bernal (5), Scoop Of Sunshine (4), Check My Thoughts (3), First In Class DBS (3), Cold Cash 123 (3)

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 (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)