Deja Vu in National Rankings
A familiar face returns to this week's national poll.
April 8, 2014
If it sounds familiar, it should. Feature Mr Who captured Sunday’s Bank of America Sunland Championship Challenge (G2) and debuts this week at No. 7 in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for older horses. The exact same scenario played out one year ago this week following his first victory in the Challenge event at Sunland, and subsequent No. 7 ranking.
Feature Mr Who was the only newcomer to the Top 10 this week. The 5-year-old Feature Mr Jess gelding notched his seventh lifetime win and first win in the 2014 season in his Sunland repeat bid. He pushed his lifetime earnings to $279,167.
Another familiar tone to this week's rankings is the stability at the top. The top six remained unchanged, paced by Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) heroine Nellie Delaney. She tallied 102 out of a possible 110 points in the balloting of national handicappers and media members.
The season’s first 2-year-old rankings will debut in three weeks on April 30.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
1. NELLIE DELANEY (102)
2. TF FEATURED EFFORT (91)
3. VIVA ME CORAZON (87)
4. LLANO CARTEL (68)
5. ONE VALIANT HERO (52)
6. SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (37)
7. FEATURE MR WHO (32)
8. QUICK DYNASTY (31)
9. NATIVE TEA ROSE (21)
10. WOODYS ALLSTAR (12)
I Azoom You Knew (11), Dash Master Jess (10), Eye On Corona (10), JB James (6), BF Farm Boy (5), Moonist (4), Heza Fast Rogue (4), Wicked Courage (4), Rylees Boy (3), Spirit Leader (2), First Prize Shaunda (2), Feature Hero (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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