Last Impression by Jessies First Down Decisive in National Poll

Jessies First Down jumped to No. 1 in the season’s final AQHA Racing/Horseplayernow.com national poll for older horses.

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View the season's final AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll.

Jessies First Down jumped from No. 6 to No. 1 in the season's final AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com national poll for older horses following his stirring victory in the Championship at Sunland Park (G1). It marked his eighth victory in an 11-start campaign that spanned from January 3 through his December 31 season finale. A hallmark of consistency, he finished first or second in all 11 outings this year and closed with a trio of consecutive Grade 1 stakes finals victories. The last score was enough to jump All American Derby (G1) winner EC Jet One as well as Champion of Champions (G1) one-two finishers Zoomin For Spuds and Heza Dasha Fire.

As for the 2-year-olds, All American Futurity (G1) winner Imperial Eagle closes the season as the unanimous No. 1 in the voting, garnering all 110 possible poll points. He capped his 6-for-9 season on New Year's Eve by taking the Sunland Park Winter Juvenile Championship. The California-bred won three major stakes finals in 2016 and earned more than $1.7 million. Worth Doing, hero of the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) and fellow millionaire earner on the season, easily held the second spot in the juvenile poll to close the season.

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1.         IMPERIAL EAGLE (110)
2.         WORTH DOING (93)
3.         A REVENANT (85)
4.         LOTTA BLUES MAN (76)
5.         HIGH PLAINS PERRY (60)
6.         APOLLTICAL CHAD (47)
7.         CHAZAQ (41)
8.         CORONAS FIRST DIVA (27)
9.         DUPONTE (20)
10.       EYE N CAPO (17)

The Marfa Lights (16), One Proud Eagle (10), TF Racee Runaway (5), Katella Deli (2), RDD Lajollanfastdash (2)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER

1.         JESSIES FIRST DOWN (105)
2.         EC JET ONE (98)
3.         ZOOMIN FOR SPUDS (79)
4.         HEZA DASHA FIRE (70)
5.         JESS GOOD CANDY (69)
6.         AJS HIGH (60)
7.         BIG LEW (42)
8.         MOONIN THE EAGLE (30)
9.         FIRST VALIANT SIGN (22)
10.       VALIANT ROGUE (17)

Moonist (4), Sass Me Blue (3), Celtic Emblem (2), Ferarri GT (1), Ivan James (1), He Looks Hot (1), Brave Heart Won (1)

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