Kiss My Hocks Leads First Juvenile Poll

Sam Houston Futurity winner leads first juvenile poll of the year.

Q-Racing Journal

Kiss My Hocks enters the 2014 juvenile poll on top.

Unbeaten $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner Kiss My Hocks has earned the distinction of being the season’s first top-rated 2-year-old in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll. The juvenile rankings debut this week and join the 3-year-olds-and-older division in the weekly poll, which kicked off in March.

Trained by Toby Keeton, Kiss My Hocks set a track record in his career debut for 330 yards in the Sam Houston Futurity trial, and is expected to move on next to trials for the Ruidoso Futurity. In balloting, the Tempting Dash colt edged $370,800 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) winner Paint Me Perry by a narrow 99-96 margin for the spot. Im A Fancy PYC, winner of the $791,000 Remington Park Futurity (RG3) checked in at a clear third in the season's initial poll.

As for the older horses, the Top 10 remained intact this week, led once again by Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1) heroine Nellie Delaney.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         KISS MY HOCKS (99)
2.         PAINT ME PERRY (96)
3.         IM A FANCY PYC (89)
4.         BOI GEORGE (73)
5.         PYB PLACE YOUR BET (49)
6.         WINNING MERLOT (41)
7.         GOTTA RUN MISS (40)
8.         BP DOWN SOUTH (36)
9.         HEMPS JUMPN LAJOLLA (25)
10.       GLIMPSE OF DASH (22)
 
Great Grace (16), El Damazo (7), Meduzza (3), Penthouse Sweet (2), Im A Lucky Corona (2), Count De Monet (2), Party With Braxton (1), JMF Shazoomer (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         NELLIE DELANEY (97)
2.         VIVA MI CORAZON (91)
3.         TF FEATURED EFFORT (88)
4.         LLANO CARTEL (82)
5.         DASH MASTER JESS (68)
6.         FEATURE MR WHO (50)
7.         ONE VALIANT HERO (30)
8.         SOMETHIN LIKE THIS (21)
9.         MOONIST (14)
10.       NATIVE TEA ROSE (12)
 
Rock You (9), Eye On Corona (8), Quick Dynasty (7), This Candys Awesome (7), BF Farm Boy (5), I Azoomed You Knew (5), Wicked Courage (4), DM Streakn Thru Fire (2), Spirit Leader (2), Mister Big (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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