AQHA Racing Polls

Apocalyptical Jess rushes to the top of 2-year-old poll.

Apocalyptical Jess rushes to the top of 2-year-old poll.

After a win in Quarter Horse racing’s richest and most famous race, the $3 million All American Futurity (G1) on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs, Apocalyptical Jess flew into the AQHA National Poll for 2-year-olds and grabbed the No. 1 position.

With Raul Ramirez Jr. riding for trainer Blane Wood and owner Bill T. Robbins, the gelding by Apollitical Jess dashed 440 yards in :21.393 for his first stakes win in front of a crowd of more than 13,000 at the New Mexico track. In the process, the Oklahoma-bred made history as his trainer completed the first father-son combination to win the All American Futurity. Wood’s late father, Leo, won the 1979 All American with champion Pie In The Sky.

MM Fourinthemorning, who came into the All American with the No. 1 ranking after taking the Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs in July, dropped to No. 2 in the rankings after running fifth behind Apocalyptical Jess.

Im Jess Special V, who finished second by three-parts of a length behind Apocalyptical Jess in the All American, made his debut in the juvenile poll at No. 6. 

There were also significant changes in the older-horse poll, although the top of the rankings remained steady with Jessies First Down continuing to reside in the No. 1 spot.

The highest ranked of the three new faces in this week’s poll was Hotstepper, who debuted at No. 3 after taking Sunday’s $1,238,655 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The One Famous Eagle gelding was ranked for a period of time in last year’s 2-year-old poll after running third in the All American Futurity.

Another One Famous Eagle gelding, the 6-year-old Bodacious Eagle, jumped into the rankings at No. 6 after capturing the $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) on Sunday about an hour before Hotstepper’s victory.

The third newcomer in the older-horse poll was Tarzanito, who landed at No. 8 after taking Sunday’s $100,000 Go Man Go Handicap (G1) at Los Alamitos against a field that included now No. 4-ranked Hold Air Hostage and No. 5-ranked Zoomin For Spuds.

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NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER

1. JESSIES FIRST DOWN (80)
2. BH LISAS BOY (74)
3. HOTSTEPPER (66)
4. HOLD AIR HOSTAGE (48)
5. ZOOMIN FOR SPUDS (46)
6. BODACIOUS EAGLE (34)
7. HEZA DASHA FIRE (33)
8. TARZANITO (29)
9. JESS MOVE YOU (27)
10. KVN CORONA (14)

DF AJ GREEN LEAVES (11), BRUCE ALLMTY (10), FLY BABY FLY (8), JESSTACARTEL (6), PAPAWS PAINT (4), A POLITICAL LADY (2), WAGON ON FIRE V (2), JESS MY KISS (1)

NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS

1. APOCALYPTICAL JESS (90)
2. MM FOURINTHEMORNING (71)
3. WAVE HER DOWN (66)
4. BLUE CORAZON (57)
5. SUZE RETURNS (39)
6. IM JESS SPECIAL V (35)
7. LONG WAGON HO (29)
8. LYNNDER 16 (26)
9. WICKED AFFAIR (25)
10. JESS FIRE CHICK (20)

POWERFUL FAVORITE (13), DANJER (10), ZEE JAMES (7), DAK (3), RAPPID (2), FLYING EAGLE 07 (1)

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