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RUIDOSO DOWNS, NM—AUGUST 11, 2012—The top-four ranked two-year-olds in the national AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com poll – all major Grade 1 futurity winners – lead the very deep 26 trials to the Grade 1, $2,400,000 All American Futurity on Thursday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
There will be a special 9:30 a.m. first post time to accommodate the daylong 440-yard trials with 258 entrants. Last year, there were also 26 All American Futurity trials.
The horses with the 10-fastest times qualify to race for the $1,200,000 first-place check in the All American Futurity on Labor Day. The All American Futurity is the world’s richest quarter horse race and has the highest purse for a two-year-old horserace in North America, regardless of breed.
San Gregorio and Jose and Gustavo De La Torre’s One Dashing Eagle is the unanimous number-one ranked juvenile after his eye-catching one-and-one-quarter length win in the Ed Burke Million, his most recent start. He won the 350-yard sprint at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California in :17.335, the fastest time over the distance during the current Los Alamitos meet which began at the start of the year, and earned $420,420.
Fans will need to wait to watch One Dashing Eagle run as he drew into the 26th and final trial. Ramon Sanchez rides One Dashing Eagle for trainer Jose De La Torre.
Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Butch Southway’s Carters Cookie vaulted to number-two in the poll after pushing his record to two-for-two with a mild upset win in the Rainbow Futurity on July 22 at Ruidoso Downs. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding impressed when he drew out to the one-and-one-quarter-length win at nearly 8-1 odds. He combined a powerful start with a long-striding finish to earn the $350,000 first-place check.
G.R. Carter Jr., who was up for the Rainbow Futurity, has the mount with the fourth post position in the ninth trial.
Owned by Denny Bowen, Susan Taylor with Jack and Lynne Smith, PJ Chick In Black has been at or near the top of the poll since April and currently holds down the number-three spot. The daughter of Desirio has four wins from four starts with two futurity wins.
PJ Chick In Black started her career against New Mexico-bred competition at Sunland Park and won the New Mexican Spring Futurity in a very fast :14.912 for 300 yards. She moved up to open grade 1 company in the Ruidoso Futurity when she was supplemented to the Ruidoso Futurity trials at a cost of $15,000. After winning her trial by three lengths, she overcame a troubled start to win the Ruidoso Futurity over fastest qualifier Krash Cartel, who returns in the 21st All American Futurity trial.
Esgar Ramirez will be aboard the John Stinebaugh-trained PJ Chick In Black in the 24th trial with third post position.
Raymundo Villarreal Jr.’s BP Cartels Alibi, another $50,000 supplemental nominee, finished third in his career debut and then completed his rise to the poll’s fourth position with a close head win over West Texas Futurity winner El Duero in the Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park. The Trey Wood-trained colt raced the 350 yards in :17.580 as an 11-1 longshot.
Regular rider Ricky Ramirez will be aboard the Corona Cartel son with third post position in the 25th trial.
Steve Holt’s homebred Lota PYC won the $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity and then came to Ruidoso Downs to point at the All American Futurity trials. Trainer Rodney Reed has had him acclimating to Ruidoso Downs’ 7,000-foot altitude for nearly 80 days.
Lota PYC, a son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, won each of his three career starts at Remington Park this spring, capped by his one-and-one-quarter length win in the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity.
G.R. Carter Jr. rides Lota PYC with the third post position in the 22nd trial.
Racing resumes on Friday with a noon first post time and the trials to the Grade 1 All American Derby, the richest race for three-year-old and older quarter horses.
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