Heza Wild Dragon Appears in Rankings

Mountain Top Futurity winner arrives in top 10.

Q-Racing Journal
June 20, 2013

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The Kristopher Cordova-owned and -trained Heza Wild Dragon raced to a win in the $356,980 Mountain Top Futurity (R) this weekend at Ruidoso Downs and notched a place on the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 Poll.

Heza Wild Dragon, a $15,000 sale purchase last year, is now undefeated in two starts and has earned $152,053. He entered the rankings at No. 10. Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner Big Biz Perry dominates the rankings again this week. Expect a possible shakeup after the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday.

In the older horse rankings, Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) winner Rylees Boy continues to lead the voting, with Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1) winner Priceless Feature hot on his heels. The closely ranked 3-year-olds Brace For Bernal and Wicked Courage round out the top four in voting.

Deniro, who earned the fastest time in the Vessels Maturity (G1) trials on Sunday, finished just outside the rankings. That may change after the final of the race, set for July 7.


NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
    1.    BIG BIZ PERRY (97)
    2.    ESPECIALLY TRES (78)
    3.    WR GOLDEN EAGLE (71)
    4.    CORONADO CARTEL (70)
    5.    GLITTER IN MY FACE (61)
    6.    HES RELENTLESS (32)
    7.    FETCHING BEAUTY (29)
    8.    SEPARATIST FIRSTDOWN (25)
    9.    HOUDINI (18)
    10.    HEZA WILD DRAGON (17)
 
Wagon Tales (13), You N How Many More (12), Bradys March Madness (10), Turbulent Times (5), She Forgives (5), Moonfisant (5), Won To Watch (2), Sandra Sue Blue (1), GI Genes (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
    1.    RYLEES BOY (93)
    2.    PRICELESS FEATURE (90)
    3.    BRACE FOR BERNAL (75)
    4.    WICKED COURAGE (74)
    5.    OCHOA (50)
    6.    PJ CHICK IN BLACK (41)
    7.    REMEMBERING SPENCE (40)
    8.    COLD CASH 123 (31)
    9.    FIRST IN CLASS DBS (24)
    10.    TF FEATURED EFFORT (8)
 
Deniro (7), Ill Stop The World (5), The Long Knife (4), Mr Ease Cartel (3), Kool Country Man (3), Fast Prize Mike (2)

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)