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Mr Jess Jenkins, winner of the $3 million All American Futurity (G1), and Rustys Miracle, winner of the $1.55 million All American Derby (G1), both made big moves in the latest AQHA Racing National Polls after the Labor Day weekend racing action at Ruidoso Downs. 

In the 2-year-old rankings, a 13-1 upset victory in the sport’s richest race propelled Mr Jess Jenkins to the top. The gelding by Apollitical Jess, who runs for owners Jose Ernesto Guzman and Rito Sosa and trainer Marcos Carrizales, won the 440-yard classic under jockey James Flores, with a clocking of :21.302. Uncle D, previously the No. 1-ranked juvenile, held second in the rankings after taking the $200,000 All American Juvenile at Ruidoso. Mister Riptide, the betting favorite and runner-up behind Mr Jess Jenkins in the All American Futurity, jumped to third in the poll. 

In the poll for 3-year-olds and up, Apocalyptical Jess, winner of the Ruidoso Derby (G1) in June, held the No. 1 spot, despite not running over the holiday weekend after not qualifying to the All American Derby. The winner of that race, Rustys Miracle, jumped up to No. 2 in the poll after a victory at 16-1 odds with Noe Garcia Jr. up for owner J & SM Inc. and trainer Fred Danley. 

Also making a move in the older-horse poll was Bill Hoburg’s homebred BH Lisas Boy, who climbed into a tie with Powerful Favorite at No. 3 after taking the $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) on September 1 at Los Alamitos, and German Amaya’s CDs Wine N Dine, who took the All American Gold Cup (G1) over older horses and moved into the poll at No. 8. 

The rankings are likely to hold steady in the short term until the schedule of major races heats up again this fall, including the Bank of America Challenge Championships set for October 26 at Albuquerque Downs. 

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NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER

1.    APOCALYPTICAL JESS (71)
2    RUSTYS MIRACLE (64)
3. (tie)    BH LISAS BOY (48)
3. (tie)    POWERFUL FAVORITE (48)
5.    EAGLE COAST (47)
6.    POLITICAL ATTRACTION (46)
7.    APOLLITICAL PENCE (26)
8.    CDS WINE N DINE (21)
9.    KATIES EASY MOVES (13)
10. (tie) EYE N CAPO (10)
10. (tie) JESS MACHO CORONA (10)

DANJER (7), FLYING COWBOY 123 (6), CONQUERING MARIE (5), HE LOOKS HOT (3), LD IS BACK (3), SANTANDER (3), SASSY ON FIRE (3), ZOOMIN FOR SPUDS (3), FIRST LADY PERRY (2), VF WHEELY FAVORITE (1)


NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1.    MR JESS JENKINS (76)
2.    UNCLE D (71)
3.    MISTER RIPTIDE (63)
4.    UPTOWNE BABE (49)
5.    FERNWEH (43)
6.    TRUMP MY RECORD (33)
7.    DETERMINED ONE (23)
8.    EC REVENGE (19)
9.    RUNAWAY SECOND DOWN (15)
10.     RELENTLESS DYNASTY (9)

DH RENAES DYNASTY (6), HONKY TONK DADDY (5), TF SHEZ JESS DASHIN (5), COLBY JAMES (4), EASY BLINKERS (4), CERS FINAL TRY (3), EXPEDYTE (3), 
PERRYS SECRET (3), DF MISCHIEVIOUS JESS (2), CHAYITO CARTEL (1), FIVE BAR BODEE (1), LIL MISS SASHAY (1)

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