Moonist Tops First 2016 Poll
Champion leads the way into the new year's voting.
March 10, 2016
Grade 1 Los Alamitos Winter Championship winner Moonist earned the top perch in the season's first AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll. The champion 5-year-old Separatist gelding has opened 2016 with back-to-back victories over 2015 AQHA World Champion Heza Dasha Fire. That rival debuted in the poll at No. 3, but will be out until late summer following the removal of some bone chips.
Moonist had held the same No. 1 ranking for much of the 2015 season and was on top of the polls heading into the Champion of Champions (G1), a race eventually won by Heza Dasha Fire. With that rival sidelined, No. 2-rated Moonin The Eagle figures to provide the early season challenges at the ballot box. The 4-year-old son of One Famous Eagle notched the $204,310 Hialeah Maturity and $150,000 Sam Abbey Memorial Invitational as signature scores this season.
A total of 29 different horses earned votes in the first week's balloting among the 11-member panel of national racing experts. The poll will be released each Wednesday throughout the remainder of the 2016 calendar, and note the 2-year-old voting will commence later in the spring.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
1. MOONIST (107)
2. MOONIN THE EAGLE (90)
3. HEZA DASHA FIRE (66)
4. EC JET ONE (65)
5. QUIRKY (56)
6. CARTERS SIXTY SIX (40)
7. ZOOMIN EFFORTLESSLY (25)
8. AHS UNCLE SI (22)
9. BV MIDNITE EXPRESS (21)
10. FAITH MOUNTAIN (19)
Astica (16), Sass Me Blue (11), Carson City Girl (9), Fly Thru The Fire (9), Eyesa Famous Eagle (6), Apolitical Zoom (6), Fire At Will (5), JRC Callas First (4), Shes A Tourist (4), Zoomin For Spuds (4), Jess Good Reason (3), She Looks Racy (3), Tee Chic (3), Scoopies Leaving You (3), D E Wagons Strawfly (2), Whoop Dee Doo (2), Teana Fay (1), Llano Cartel (1), I No Shes a Hot Mess (1)
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