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Moonist Lands in National Poll

Moonist stakes out a spot in national poll again.

Q-Racing Journal
July 30, 2014

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The National Poll saw movement after the weekend of races.

Following his second major derby finals victory of the season, Moonist landed at No. 8 in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for 3-year-olds and older, the only new face to the top 10 older horses in America. The Separatist gelding advanced to 5-for-6 on the campaign following Saturday night's score in Los Alamitos’ $189,238 Governor’s Cup Derby (RG3).

Life at the top of the older-horse poll remained unchanged as Houdini spent his second week at No. 1, following his victory in the Rainbow Derby (G1). The top of the national 2-year-old poll also remained firm with Kiss My Hocks a near-unanimous choice at the top once again this week. The two new entries into the juvenile poll this week came with No. 9 Discontent and No. 10 Girlonthego, a pair of winners in Saturday's California Breeders Champions Night card at Los Alamitos and Sunday’s Zia Festival of Champions at Ruidoso Downs, respectively.

Discontent, another gelding by Separatist, notched the $352,500 Governor’s Cup Futurity (RG2) for his third win in five starts and moved into the national poll. Meanwhile, Girlonthego made her debut in the rankings following Sunday's score in the $392,253 Zia Park Futurity (RG1) for New Mexico-breds. The Man On The Move filly has now won three consecutive races.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (106)
2.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (97)
3.         TRENDI (94)
4.         LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (78)
5.         PAINT ME PERRY (44)
6.         OLD GIRL (43)
7.         IMA FANCY PYC (38)
8.         GAME (28)
9.         DISCONTENT (16)
10.       GIRLONTHEGO (13)
 
BV Travelin Soldier (10), Boi George (10), Eagle On The Fly (7), Gotta Run Miss (6), JM Miracle (6), Bodacious Eagle (5), PYB Place Your Bet (4), Hezadashinbye (4), Count De Monet (3), Oneapolliticalflight (2), Hemp Jumpn Lajolla (2)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         HOUDINI (101)
2.         BON ACCORD (92)
3.         NELLIE DELANEY (77)
4.         ROCK YOU (73)
5.         FAR NIENTE (62)
6.         VIVA MI CORAZON (48)
7.         LLANO CARTEL (43)
8.         MOONIST (35)
9.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (21)
10.       ONE VALIANT HERO (15)
 
This Dude Can Fly (7), Feature Mr Who (6), Once Over (5), Dash Master Jess (5), Her O Don Won (5), BP Wagon Train (4), All Out Arrogant (3), Hes Relentless (2), Jody Pops Zoomer (1)

The 11 voters are:

Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine Owner/Publisher)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)

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