Heza Dasha Fire Emphatic No. 1 in Poll
Sophomore takes clear lead in national poll.
December 22, 2015
Pollsters unanimously tabbed Saturday's Champion of Champions (G1) winner Heza Dasha Fire the top-ranked older horse in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll. The sensational 3-year-old bested previous No. 1 Moonist in the season's signature race for the older runners and did so in grand style. The Walk Thru Fire gelding now boasts a 5-for-5 record this year and 11-for-12 in his career.
Moonist did not lose much respect in the polling, dropping only one spot to No. 2 and a clear 16 points ahead of any other runner. Dashin Brown Streak, third in the Champion of Champions, earned this week's No. 4 national ranking. In all, five Champion of Champions alumni dot this week's poll.
It proved a family affair over the weekend when Ima Fearless Hero, half-brother to Heza Dasha Fire, registered the $1,957,175 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1). That victory catapulted him to No. 3 in this week's rankings for the 2-year-old division. All American Futurity (G1) winner Jess Good Candy maintains a slim 101-97 lead over Tres Friends with only a point separating the No. 2 and 3 runners.
The final poll of the 2015 season will be released next Wednesday, December 30.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
1. JESS GOOD CANDY (101)
2. TRES FRIENDS (97)
3. IMA FEARLESS HERO (96)
4. WALK THRU CRYSTAL (66)
5. LITTLE TALKS (53)
6. BV MIDNITE EXPRESS (50)
7. FIRST VALIANT SIGN (38)
8. DOCS BEST CARD (29)
9. ONE FABULOUS EAGLE (27)
10. MISS FEET DOWN FIRST (20)
Regard With Respect (6), Jess A Saint (6), TF Im That Guy (3), Tee Chic (3), Queen Washita (3), Jessa Louisiana Zoom (3), A Tres Of Paint (2), Careless Lightning (1), Famous Little Reba (1)
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
1. HEZA DASHA FIRE (110)
2. MOONIST (93)
3. APOLLITICAL BLOOD (77)
4. DASHIN BROWN STREAK (76)
5. DAYTONA B (68)
6. JRC CALLAS FIRST (40)
7. FAR NIENTE (34)
8. BODACIOUS EAGLE (33)
9. FORGET IT (23)
10. QUIRKY (16)
Rock You (13), Open Me A Corona (12), Sam Crow (5), BF Farm Boss (3), Zoomin 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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