AQHA Racing Poll
Jessies First Down, Flash And Roll top final 2018 racing poll.
December 31, 2018
The year's final AQHA Racing National Polls saw Jessies First Down and Flash And Roll top their respective polls.
Jessies First Down captured the December 30 $350,000 Championship at Sunland Park (G1) in decisive fashion and topped the year’s final AQHA Racing National Poll for older horses. The top spot in the 2-year-old rankings was essentially clinched earlier in December when Flash And Roll notched her second Grade 1 futurity of the season and ascended to No. 1 in that poll.
Jessies First Down clocked 440 yards in :21.156 at Sunland to secure his fourth Grade 1 win in as many trips to the post in 2018. The sport’s reigning two-time world champion, a now 8-year-old gelding by FDD Dynasty, earned $548,638 during the year to boost his lifetime bankroll to $1,624,002 with 19 wins from 38 starts.
Finishing close behind him in the voting was Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle, who finished a campaign highlighted by major wins in the Grade 1 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos Race Course and All American Gold Cup at Ruidoso Downs. Racing seven times from May to December, the consistent One Famous Eagle gelding was never worse than third, and also had wins in the Z. Wayne Griffin Directors Trials, and placings in the Robert L. Boniface Los Alamitos Invitational Championship (G1), Remington Park Invitational (G1) and Mr Jet Moore Handicap (G2).
Rounding out the top three was Hotstepper, winner of the Grade 1 All American and Texas Classic derbies at Ruidoso Downs and Lone Star Park, respectively.
In the 2-year-old poll, Flash And Roll edged out All American Futurity (G1) winner Apocalyptical Jess for the No. 1 spot at year’s end. Owned by Scott Bryant and trained by Justin Joiner, the California-bred Flash And Roll won six of seven starts, including two of the richest races at Los Alamitos, the $1,878,425 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity and $972,750 Golden State Million Futurity. Ridden by 10-time AQHA Champion Jockey G.R. Carter Jr. in all her starts, the daughter of First Moonflash earned $1,213,754.
Bill Robbins’ Apocalyptical Jess, winner of the sport’s richest race when he took down the lion’s share of the $3 million purse on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs, finished second in the rankings. MM Fourinthemorning, winner of the Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso, took third in the poll.
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NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS AND OLDER
1. JESSIES FIRST DOWN (90)
2. BODACIOUS EAGLE (85)
3. HOTSTEPPER (77)
4. JESSTACARTEL (68)
5. BH LISAS BOY (64)
6. ZOOMIN FOR SPUDS (40)
7. HE LOOKS HOT (32)
8. HEZA DASHA FIRE (28)
9. HOLD AIR HOSTAGE (23)
10. MAJOR BITES (18)
TARZANITO (11), JESS MOVE YOU (5), SF HOT PASS (3), JESS RAVIN (2), ONE SWEET RACY (2), KVN CORONA (1), THIS IS A DEAL TOO (1)
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 2-YEAR-OLDS
1. FLASH AND ROLL (96)
2. APOCALYPTICAL JESS (90)
3. MM FOURINTHEMORNING (79)
4. FLYING COWBOY 123 (66)
5. BLUE CORAZON (43)
6. WAVE HER DOWN (42)
7. IM JESS SPECIAL V (26)
8. LONG WAGON HO (24)
9. SUZE RETURNS (20)
10. LYNNDER 16 (15)
ALI BABE FOOSE (10), JEST FAMOUS (9), DANJER (6), PAINT ME A SINNER (6), WICKED AFFAIR (6), POWERFUL FAVORITE (5), JESS FIRE CHICK (4), KR HI FIVE (2), EAGLE COAST (1)
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