Moonist Rises to No. 1

Los Al star makes a winning case in National Poll.

Q-Racing Journal

Moonist has risen to the top of the poll.

Scoring for the 20th time in his 29-race career in Saturday's $150,000 Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1), Moonist made a winning case for his rise to No. 1 in this week's AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for the 3-year-old-and-older horses. The Separatist gelding has been nearly flawless in 2015, winning seven of nine starts. On Saturday, he outran No. 5-ranked Far Niente and No. 9 Rock You in a showdown of nationally ranked powerhouses.

Moonist earned 100 out of 110 possible points in the poll and supplanted All American Derby (G1) winner Apollitical Blood at the head of the class.

As for the 2-year-old rankings, All American Futurity (G1) winner Jess Good Candy remains a unanimous choice atop the poll this week. The top players remain unchanged with Walk Thru Crystal, BV Midnite Express, First Valiant Sign and Tres Friends rounding out the first five.
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
 
1.         JESS GOOD CANDY (110)
2.         WALK THRU CRYSTAL (97)
3.         BV MIDNITE EXPRESS (86)
4.         FIRST VALIANT SIGN (74)
5.         TRES FRIENDS (63)
6.         ONE FAMOUS EAGLE (52)
7.         FAMOUS LITTLE REBA (29)
8.         REGARD WITH RESPECT (28)
9.         JESSA LOUISIANA ZOOM (17)
10.       IVAN JAMES (14)
 
Ima Fearless Hero (10), Tee Chic (7), TF Im That Guy (7), Nucky (5), Mayleen PYC (4), A Tres Of Paint (4), Not Perry Pretty (3), Magic Black Jack (2), Phoebes Dynasty (1), The Fiscal Cliff (1), Docs Best Card (1)
 
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
 
1.         MOONIST (100)
2.         APOLLITICAL BLOOD (93)
3.         DASHIN BROWN STREAK (74)
4.         KISS MY HOCKS (67)
5.         FAR NIENTE (59)
6.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (54)
7.         MATABARI (41)
8.         QUIRKY (24)
9.         ROCK YOU (23)
10.       JRC CALLAS FIRST (20)
 
BF Farm Boss (14), Zoomin Effortlessly (11), Sam Crow (10), Fire Fortune (4), Open Me A Corona (4), Pure D Spit (1)

Voting Panel:

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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