Season's Final Polls Released
Jess Good Candy, Heza Dasha Fire lead their respective divisions.
January 4, 2016
The final 2015 rankings in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national polls saw Champion of Champions (G1) winner Heza Dasha Fire close the year a unanimous No. 1 among the older horses. Meanwhile, All American Futurity (G1) winner Jess Good Candy paced the 2-year-old rankings to close the campaign.
The release of the final 2015 poll was pushed back one week when the Championship at Sunland Park (G1) was rescheduled due to a snow storm. Zoomin Effortlessly, winner of the Championship at Sunland, advanced to No. 6 in the rankings. Runner-up JRC Callas First slid two spots in the final poll to No. 8 this week.
The 3-year-old Heza Dasha Fire was brilliant this year, as he was during his freshman season, running his career mark now to 11-for-12 lifetime. The Los Alamitos-based superstar boasts victories this year in the Champion of Champions, Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1) and Golden State Derby (G2). On December 27, he earned the prestigious AQHA Supreme Race Horse title and is a leading contender for champion honors.
Jess Good Candy earned a more contentious top ranking among the 2-year-olds, out-pointing Tres Friends 103-96 in the balloting. The Oklahoma-bred won all four starts on the season, culminating with his Labor Day score in the All American Futurity. The No. 2 finisher, Tres Friends, scored the Rainbow Futurity (G1) and Texas Classic Futurity (G1) in a 3-for-5 campaign.
The AQHA Racing Champions will be announced on January 20 at Heritage Place in Oklahoma City. The event will be webcast live at www.aqharacing.com.
The 2016 AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll will return in March, with the 2-year-olds to be added later in the spring.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
1. JESS GOOD CANDY (103)
2. TRES FRIENDS (96)
3. IMA FEARLESS HERO (91)
4. WALK THRU CRYSTAL (67)
5. BV MIDNITE EXPRESS (66)
6. LITTLE TALKS (45)
7. FIRST VALIANT SIGN (42)
8. ONE FABULOUS EAGLE (33)
9. DOCS BEST CARD (27)
10. MISS FEET DOWN FIRST (11)
Regard With Respect (6), Jess A Saint (6), Tee Chic (3), Jessa Louisiana Zoom (3), TF Im That Guy (2), 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 (94)
3. APOLLITICAL BLOOD (74)
4. DASHIN BROWN STREAK (66)
5. DAYTONA B (63)
6. ZOOMIN EFFORTLESSLY (40)
7. FAR NIENTE (39)
8. JRC CALLAS FIRST (36)
9. BODACIOUS EAGLE (35)
10. QUIRKY (23)
Rock You (9), Forget It (6), Sam Crow (5), Open Me A Corona (5)
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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