AQHA Racing Poll

Crucial weekend on tap for horses in AQHA Polls.

Crucial weekend on tap for horses in AQHA Polls.

With less than three weeks remaining in the year, it’s crunch time for both AQHA Racing National Polls, and this coming weekend figures to shake things up. This week’s polls for older horses and 2-year-olds were again mostly unchanged, but a busy stakes schedule will see several ranked horses in action and offer unranked horses a chance to jump into the polls.

In the poll for 3-year-olds and up, Jessies First Down, the 2016 world champion and the winner of four stakes this year, remains on top. A total of four ranked horses are set to run in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on Saturday at Los Alamitos with No. 3-ranked Heza Dasha Fire, No. 4-ranked BH Lisas Boy, No. 6-ranked The Fiscal Cliff and No. 9-ranked Chazaq. Following that race, Jessies First Down will have one more chance to impress voters, as he’s expected to run in the $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) on December 31.

The 2-year-old rankings were also unchanged with All American Futurity (G1) heroine Fly Baby Fly again topping the list. The results of two seven-figure stakes this weekend will likely impact the poll, with No. 4-ranked J Fire Up in the $1,745,450 Los Alamitos 2 Million Futurity (G1) on Sunday and state-breds going in the $1 million Louisiana Million Futurity (RG1) on Sunday at Evangeline Downs.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER

1. JESSIES FIRST DOWN (98)
2. HOLD AIR HOSTAGE (92)
3. HEZA DASHA FIRE (68)
4. BH LISAS BOY (57)
5. BODACIOUS EAGLE (43)
6. THE FISCAL CLIFF (42)
7. APOLLTICAL CHAD (33)
8. ZOOMIN EFFORTLESSLY (32)
9. CHAZAQ (23)
10. TOUGH TO BEE (21)

JESS GOOD REASON (8), MAGICAL JESS (8), FLASH N BLING (6), HE LOOKS HOT (5), APOLLITICAL OK (4), HIGH PLAINS PERRY (3), JESS PAINT YOUR LIPS (3), TIME FOR JESS (3), TIME FOR WINE (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1  FLY BABY FLY (97)
2. EAGLE JAZZ (90)
3. KVN CORONA (73)
4. J FIRE UP (64)
5. UPTOWN DYNASTY (61)
6. BIGG DADDY (43)
7. THECARTELOFMIRACLE (38)
8. NYMERIA (32)
9. THIS IS AN EAGLE (19)
10. LA VENCEDORA (12)

HOTSTEPPER (7), DASHNUNDER AFULLMOON (6), THREE BAR CARTEL (4), APOLLITICAL BROOKE (2), MATILDA CZECH (1), SIXES FLASH (1)

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