AQHA Racing Poll

Jessies First Down retakes top spot.

Jessies First Down retakes top spot.

Following an impressive victory in Wednesday’s $150,000 Zia Park Championship (G1), reigning world champion Jessies First Down jumped back into the No. 1 spot in the AQHA Racing National Poll for 3-year-olds and up. The 6-year-old gelding by FDD Dynasty, who briefly held the top ranking earlier in the year and went over the $1 million mark in earnings with his last victory, has won five of six starts this season and is being pointed to the Sunland Park Championship (G1) on December 31.

So far this year, the horse won the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2), was second by a nose in the Remington Park Invitational Championship (G1), and then won the All American Gold Cup (G1) and Albuquerque Fall Championship before his Zia win.

Hold Air Hostage, who had held the top position since late August, slid down to No. 2. The winner of the Grade 1 All American and Rainbow derbies had been No. 1 for the past 14 weeks. The Apollitical Jess gelding has won six of eight starts this year with earnings of $1,200,939, and is expected to be shelved the remainder of this year.

Four ranked horses – Heza Dasha Fire, BH Lisas Boy, The Fiscal Cliff and Chazaq – are set to run in the $750,000 Champion of Champions (G1) on December 16 at Los Alamitos.

In the 2-year-old rankings, J Fire Up moved up from No. 5 to No. 4, after winning her trial and qualifying for the Los Alamitos 2 Million Futurity (G1). KVN Corona also won his trial to remained undefeated in six starts; the Corona Cartel gelding held his No. 3 ranking but just missed out on making the final.

Fly Baby Fly, who won the All American Futurity (G1) on Labor Day and is being rested for her 3-year-old campaign, again held the top spot. 

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER

1. JESSIES FIRST DOWN (96)
2. HOLD AIR HOSTAGE (94)
3. HEZA DASHA FIRE (68)
4. BH LISAS BOY (57)
5. BODACIOUS EAGLE (40)
6. THE FISCAL CLIFF (38)
7. ZOOMIN EFFORTLESSLY (32)
8. APOLLTICAL CHAD (29)
9. TOUGH TO BEE (27)
10. CHAZAQ (22)

JESS GOOD REASON (12), MAGICAL JESS (9), FLASH N BLING (6), HE LOOKS HOT (5), APOLLITICAL OK (4), HIGH PLAINS PERRY (3), JESS PAINT YOUR LIPS (3), TIME FOR JESS (3), PAINT MY PILOT (1), 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 (63)
5. UPTOWN DYNASTY (62)
6. BIGG DADDY (44)
7. THECARTELOFMIRACLE (38)
8. NYMERIA (32)
9. THIS IS AN EAGLE (21)
10. LA VENCEDORA (13)

HOTSTEPPER (7), THREE BAR CARTEL (4), MATILDA CZECH (3), DASHNUNDER AFULLMOON (2), SIXES FLASH (1)

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