Moonist Tops Poll Heading Into Champion of Champions
The 4-year-old gelding will make his next start at Los Alamitos on Saturday.
December 8, 2015
The stars literally have aligned for Saturday's Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos, which will match six of the top 10 runners in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for the older horses.
Top-ranked Moonist, who has captured not one but two of the automatic qualifying races for this year's Champion of Champions, headlines the contenders. He once again tops the poll this week with a chance to secure world champion honors this weekend.
There were no major changes to the top-10 for the 3-year-old-and-older horses in preparation for the weekend.
As for the 2-year-old rankings, Miss Feet Down First (No. 8) and Jess A Saint (No. 10) were newcomers to the poll this week. Miss Feet Down First captured Zia Park's Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) on Sunday over a field that included No. 5-ranked BV Midnite Express.
The juvenile poll once again was narrowly led by All American Futurity (G1) winner Jess Good Candy over two-time Grade 1 winner Tres Friends, 105-102. No. 3-ranked Walk Thru Crystal can make a case for the top in Saturday's Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) as part of a sensational card.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
1. JESS GOOD CANDY (105)
2. TRES FRIENDS (102)
3. WALK THRU CRYSTAL (82)
4. LITTLE TALKS (62)
5. BV MIDNITE EXPRESS (60)
6. FIRST VALIANT SIGN (50)
7. ONE FABULOUS EAGLE (39)
8. MISS FEET DOWN FIRST (28)
9. REGARD WITH RESPECT (21)
10. JESS A SAINT (20)
Docs Best Card (12), TF Im That Guy (5), Tee Chic (4), Ima Fearless Hero (3), Jessa Louisiana (3), Careless Lightning (2), Famous Little Reba (2), A Tres Of Paint (2), First Fancy Racy (1), Not Perry Pretty (1)
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
1. MOONIST (104)
2. HEZA DASHA FIRE (95)
3. APOLLITICAL BLOOD (77)
4. DAYTONA B (76)
5. DASHIN BROWN STREAK (68)
6. JRC CALLAS FIRST (51)
7. FAR NIENTE (39)
8. BODACIOUS EAGLE (36)
9. QUIRKY (24)
10. ROCK YOU (22)
Sam Crow (5), BF Farm Boss (4), Open Me A Corona (2), Kiss My Hocks (1), Zoom Effortlessly (1)
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos)
Martha Claussen (Wrangler Racing Ace)
Mike Cusortelli (Stallionesearch.com)
Tom Dawson (Sports Television Producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park)
Ben Hudson (TRACK Magazine)
Dave Weaver (TVG)
Jeremy Plonk (Horse Player NOW)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horse Player NOW)
Terry Turrell (Horse Player NOW)
Ty Wyant (Ruidoso Downs)
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