Poll Leaders Reinforce Positions
Far Niente joins AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll
July 8, 2014
With his victory in Sunday’s $163,300 Vessels Maturity (G1), Far Niente moved into the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll.
The 4-year-old FDD Dynasty gelding races for Vessels Stallion Farm LLC and Atwood Ranches. The three-quarter-length victory was his second start and second win of the year. He jumped all the way to No. 4 on the poll for older horses.
The leaders in both of the polls, Kiss My Hocks and Rock You, backed up their positions this past week with qualifying races to the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and Derby, respectively.
Kiss My Hocks offered fans yet another impressive performance, rolling to a 3 1/4-length trial win, posting the fastest qualifying time for the $900,000 Rainbow Futurity on July 20. Rock You had a five-race win streak snapped in his trial for the Rainbow Derby, as he was second, a half length behind fastest qualifier Her O Don Won. Both horses qualified to the July 19 final.
Two other ranked horses, No. 6 Boi George and No. 8 JM Miracle, qualified to the Rainbow Futurity. In the older horse rankings, No. 9 This Dude Can Fly also qualified to the Rainbow Derby.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
1. KISS MY HOCKS (110)
2. HEZA DASHA FIRE (96)
3. LOVETHEWAYYOULIE (90)
4. OLD GIRL (62)
5. PAINT ME PERRY (47)
6. BOI GEORGE (44)
7. IM A FANCY PYC (43)
8. JM MIRACLE (38)
9. BV TRAVELIN SOLDIER (27)
10. GOTTA RUN MISS (13)
PYB Place Your Bet (9), Hezadashinbye (7), Count De Monet (6), Bodacious Eagle (6), Oneapolliticalflight (3), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (3), Eagle On The Fly (1)
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
1. ROCK YOU (100)
2. NELLIE DELANEY (90)
3. BON ACCORD (83)
4. FAR NIENTE (77)
5. VIVA MI CORAZON (68)
6. LLANO CARTEL (58)
7. ONE VALIANT HERO (38)
8. TF FEATURED EFFORT (26)
9. THIS DUDE CAN FLY (18)
10. DASH MASTER JESS (15)
Separatist Firstdown (10), All Out Arrogant (9), Feature Mr Who (6), Jody Pops Zoomer (3), Her O Don Won (3), Native Tea Rose (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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