AQHA Racing Poll

Three Bar Cartel dashes into AQHA Racing Poll.

Three Bar Cartel dashes into AQHA Racing Poll.

Prior to Saturday’s $353,700 Dash For Cash Futurity (G2) at Lone Star Park, Three Bar Cartel had a single victory and $2,700 in earnings. Then after a 400-yard sprint in :19.821, the gray gelding by Capo De Capi became a graded stakes winner of nearly $150,000 and earned a spot at No. 10 in the latest AQHA Racing National Poll for 2-year-olds. The rest of the juvenile poll remained mostly unchanged with All American Futurity (G1) winner Fly Baby Fly in the top position once again.

There was also little change in the poll for older horses as Hold Air Hostage, winner of the All American Derby (G1), held the top spot with Jessies First Down, last year’s world champion and winner of the All American Gold Cup (G1) this year, in second and well clear of the rest of the field.

Voters will have a slew of graded stakes this weekend to consider before next week’s poll. Zia Park in New Mexico will present the Hobbs America Futurity (G2) and Hobbs America Derby (G3), with the latter featuring champion 2-year-old Imperial Eagle as the fastest qualifier. In California, Los Alamitos will offer the PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby (G3) and PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity (G2) with No. 4 ranked juvenile KVN Corona as the fastest qualifier. At Lone Star Park in Texas, older horses will get the spotlight in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1).

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER

1. HOLD AIR HOSTAGE (98)
2. JESSIES FIRST DOWN (92)
3. BODACIOUS EAGLE (63)
4. (tie) BH LISAS BOY (58)
4. (tie) HEZA DASHA FIRE (58)
6. ZOOMIN EFFORTLESSLY (45)
7. TOUGH TO BEE (37)
8. MAGICAL JESS (28)
9. DUPONTE (19)
9. TIME FOR JESS (12)
10. APOLLLITICAL OK (11)

FLASH N BLING (6), HE LOOKS HOT (5), HIGH PLAINS PERRY (5), TIME FOR WINE (3), JESS GOOD REASON (2), PAINT MY PILOT (2), POLITICALLY CORRUPT (2), SAM CROW (2), AJS HIGH (1), IMAQTPIE (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1  FLY BABY FLY (97)
2. EAGLE JAZZ (92)
3. UPTOWN DYNASTY (75)
4. KVN CORONA (64)
5. NYMERIA (56)
6. BIGG DADDY (50)
7. THIS IS AN EAGLE (34)
8. DASHNUNDER AFULLMOON (21)
9. LA VENCEDORA (19)
10. THREE BAR CARTEL (15)

HOTSTEPPER (10), J FIRE UP (5), SIXES FLASH (4), FIRE AND SASS (2), JESSE LANE (2), SUENOS DINEROS (2), TOGETHER TO THE END (2)

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