AQHA Racing Poll
Bodacious Eagle tops first AQHA Racing National Poll of 2017.
April 4, 2017
Propelled by a pair of graded stakes wins at Remington Park, Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle landed in the top spot of the first AQHA Racing National Poll of 2017 for 3-year-olds and older. The 5-year-old gelding by One Famous Eagle kicked off this season with a victory in the Eastex Stakes (G2) in Oklahoma City on March 12 and then scored again in the Leo Stakes (G1) on April 1. The Trey Wood trainee received 49 of 50 possible votes.
Ted Abrams’ reigning world champion Jessies First Down holds the No. 2 spot in the poll after making his 2017 debut with a victory in a trial for the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) in Texas. The FDD Dynasty gelding is set to return in the final on April 22.
Rounding out the top three is Running Dragon, a 3-year-old filly by Zulu Dragon with three restricted graded stakes wins against New Mexico-breds at Sunland Park this year.
The poll for 2-year-olds will return in May.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER
1. BODACIOUS EAGLE (49)
2. JESSIES FIRST DOWN (27)
3. RUNNING DRAGON (25)
4. BH LISAS BOY (24)
5. JESS GOOD REASON (22)
5. KLASSIC STRAWFLY (22)
7. IMAQTPIE (16)
7. MYST FIT (16)
7. WILD MARES MILK (16)
10. ZOOMIN FOR SPUDS (14)
ZOOMIN EFFORTLESSLY (13), MEMPHIS D NASTY (8), BIG LEW (7), VALIANT ROGUE (6), FIRST PRIZE DIAMONDS (4), DUTCHER (3), START SOMETHIN BAD (2), STELFAST (1)
Voters include a mixture of racing media and horsemen from a diverse geographical area. The panel of voters include:
Bob Broadstock – AQHA Racing Committee Member
Ed Burgart – Los Alamitos Media
Martha Claussen – Wrangler Racing Ace
Mike Cusortelli – The Downs at Albuquerque Media
Dale Day – Remington Park Media
Scott Giltner – AQHA Racing Committee Member
Mark Herron – TRACK Magazine
Dutch Jumonville – AQHA Racing Committee Member
David Smith – Stallionesearch.com
Ty Wyant – Ruidoso Downs Media
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