American Quarter Horse Association, April 17, 2013 – This week’s AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings look similar to the poll from a week ago, as Rylees Boy remains atop the same rivals. Pollsters had some minor opinion adjustments among the early season leaders, notably swapping PJ Chick In Black and Remembering Spence in the No. 2 and 3 positions, in narrow balloting.
Champion Rylees Boy, last year’s Champion of Champions (G1) winner and hero of February’s Los Alamitos Winter Championship (G1), garnered all first-place votes and 100 points in a unanimous showing. With key races in the division this weekend in the Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge Championship (G1) and Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Derby (R), expect some shuffling in next week’s poll.
The AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Top 10 rankings are presented each Wednesday of the racing season through year’s end. The national poll for 2-year-olds will debut later this spring as more juveniles embark on their racing careers.
NATIONAL RANKINGS, 3-YEAR-OLDS & OLDER
1. RYLEES BOY (100)
2. PJ CHICK IN BLACK (72)
3. REMEMBERING SPENCE (69)
4. FIRST IN CLASS DBS (61)
5. TF FEATURED EFFORT (51)
6. TRES OF LINDA (41)
7. FEATURE MR WHO (32)
9. FAST PRIZE MIKE (27)
8. MR EASE CARTEL (25)
10. BIG BOI (16)
Brace For Bernal (9), Revv Me Up (8), Fast Prize Jordan (7), Henoshersecret (6), Bills Last (4), JD Baccarat (4), Flirtingwithamiracle (4), Tejas Energy (3), ICU Deity (2), Habits Secret (1), Last To Fire (1), Hez Our Secret (1)
The 10 voters are:
Ed Burgart (Los Alamitos announcer/handicapper)
Martha Claussen (Q-Racing Ace, writer/handicapper)
Mike Cusortelli (writer/handicapper)
Mike Joyce (TVG analyst)
Tom Dawson (Q-Racing Ace, network television producer)
Dale Day (Remington Park announcer/handicapper)
Jerry Shottenkirk (Horseplayernow.com, handicapper/oddsmaker)
Jeremy Plonk (Night School co-founder/host)
Terry Turrell (Horseplayernow.com handicapper)
Ty Wyant (writer, Daily Racing Form and AQHA)
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