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Eagle Jazz Races For Chance of $5.5M Payday in All American Futurity Trials

Ty Wyant

            Juan Medina’s homebred Eagle Jazz, quarter horse racing’s top-ranked two-year-old, races for the opportunity to earn $5.5-million when he starts in his trial to the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Saturday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            There will be 14 440-yard trials on Friday and then another 14 440-yard trials on Saturday. The horses with the five-fastest times from each day of trials advance to the iconic All American Futurity on Labor Day.

            The $3-million purse is the largest purse of any two-year-old race in North America. The Kentucky Derby and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile each have $2-million purses.

            There will be a special 11:30 a.m. first post time on Friday and Saturday to accommodate the All American Futurity trials.

            The first Select Foals in Utero Sale along with the New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Sale follow the final trial on each day. It is held at the Sale Pavilion east of Ruidoso Downs.

            Eagle Jazz has been brilliant this summer at Ruidoso Downs and if he wins the All American Futurity he will earn the $1.5-million winner’s share and the $4-million All American Triple Crown Bonus. He has earned $900,449. Therefore, his total earnings will reach the $6.4-million mark.

            The current all-time leading money earning quarter horse is Ochoa at $2,781,365. He won the All American Futurity and the All American Derby.

            No horse has taken the All American Triple Crown Bonus. It goes to the connections of any horse that can win the Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity, the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and the Grade 1 All American Futurity.

            Eagle Jazz has won the $1-million Ruidoso Futurity in a dead heat with Uptown Dynasty and then raced to a three-quarter-length victory in the $1-million Rainbow Futurity.

            In order for Eagle Jazz to have a shot at the record-setting payday, he first must qualify for the All American Futurity.

            A gelding by One Dashing Eagle, Eagle Jazz starts in Saturday’s 13th trial with the fourth post position. Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo has ridden Eagle Jazz in each of his four winning starts at Ruidoso Downs and retains the mount.

            The primary nemesis for Eagle Jazz — Uptown Dynasty — also races on Saturday afternoon.

            Melvin Neugebauer’s Uptown Dynasty finished in the dead heat for the win with Eagle Jazz in the Ruidoso Futurity. Uptown Dynasty had the lead and Eagle Jazz was able to rally and they finished on equal terms.

            The two geldings met again in the Rainbow Derby with Uptown Dynasty finishing in second place with a valiant effort while Eagle Jazz scored the victory.

            A son of Mr Jess Perry from the Wes Giles barn, Uptown Dynasty starts from the eighth post position in the third trial. Cipriano Uscanga Vidana, who was up in the Ruidoso Futurity, is in the saddle.

            The first day of trials on Friday brings out the improving $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile winner Tough Dynasty 123 in the fifth trial; Grade 2, $304,000 Robert Adair Kindergarten winner Fire And Sass meeting $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile winner Itsmyivory in the ninth trial and the undefeated $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile winner Mr Perry Strong in the 11th trial.

            Carolyn Bay’s homebred Tough Dynasty 123, a half-brother to world champion Cold Cash 123, looks like he will excel at the 440-yard distance of the All American Futurity trials. Cold Cash 123 raced to eight wins over 440 yards, including three victories over a quarter mile as a two-year-old

            Tough Dynasty 123, a son of Fdd Dynasty, made his debut in the Rainbow Futurity trials and just missed the win by a nose. He returned in the 400-yard Rainbow Juvenile and surged to get the one-half length win.

            Trainer Sleepy Gilbreath will have regular rider Jose Montoya on Tough Dynasty 123 with the eighth post position.

            JGA Racing Stables, Inc.’s Fire And Sass, a $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, looks for his first win since taking the 300-yard Kindergarten back in May at Los Alamitos. Since that one-half length score for trainer Juan Aleman, he was a close second in his Ed Burke Memorial Futurity trial and then came to Ruidoso Downs to finish a troubled fifth place in his Rainbow Futurity trial.

            A gelding by Walk Thru Fire, Fire And Sass drew the ninth post position and Esgar Ramirez will be aboard.

            Starting next to Fire And Sass in the eighth post position is the undefeated Itsmyivory making his Ruidoso Downs’ debut. Bobby Cox’s homebred Itsmyivory, a gelding by Ivory James, won his Sam Houston Futurity trial by two lengths, took his Heritage Place Futurity trial by one-and-one-half lengths and then capped his undefeated run with a one-half length score in the 350-yard Heritage Place Juvenile as the 3-2 choice.

            Jose Amador Alvarez has the mount.

            Lincon Farm And Ranch, LLC’s Mr Perry Strong makes his first start since winning the Ruidoso Juvenile by three quarters of a length on June 11. The Mike Joiner-trained gelding by Mr Jess Perry was a $25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase.

            L. Salvador Martinez has been aboard for each of his wins and will be up with the seventh post position.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.



Historically Deep All American Derby Trials on Sunday

Ty Wyant

             Darling Farms’ Rainbow Derby winner Hold Air Hostage races in an extremely deep set of 440-yard trials to Grade 1, $1,365,907 All American Derby on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            The earnings of the three-year-olds racing in the All American Derby trials approaches $11.5-million. A total of six open Grade 1 winners, two of the three 2016 champion two-year-olds (the other was retired) and the top-six finishers in last year’s Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity are entered in the All American Derby trials.

            First post time for the 13 trials is 1 p.m. There is always free parking and free general admission at Ruidoso Downs.

            The horses with the 10-fastest times from the trials advance to the All American Derby. The sophomores with the next 10-fastest times gain preference to race in the $100,000 First Down Dash. The All American Derby and the First Down Dash will be held on September 3, the day before the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity.

            Darling Farms’ Hold Air Hostage, a $50,000 supplemental nominee to enter the trials, is the now horse after winning the Grade 1, $1.15-million Rainbow Derby in his latest start, but he faces a stern challenge from Grade 1, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity winner High Plains Perry in the 11th trial.

            The fortunes of the blind draw for the trials placed Hold Air Hostage in the first post position and High Plains Perry next door in the second post position.

            Hold Air Hostage won the 440-yard Rainbow Derby at the expense of High Plains Perry, who was second. The Apollitical Jess-sired Hold Air Hostage powered away from his rivals to win by one-and-three-quarter lengths.

            The Rainbow Derby was the third consecutive win for Hold Air Hostage. That winning streak started with a one-and-three-quarter-length victory in the Grade 2, $297,200 Heritage Place Derby at Remington Park.

            Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo, who was aboard for the Rainbow Derby win, retains the mount.

            Paragon Farms, LLC’s High Plains Perry successfully competes at the highest level. Back in November, the Mr Jess Perry-sired gelding battled to his game head win in the Texas Classic Futurity.

            High Plains Perry competed in one of the most memorable races this summer at Ruidoso Downs, the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Derby. The Trey Wood-trained gelding finished just a nose behind Tough To Bee and Magical Jess, who finished in a dead heat for the win. Therefore, the top three horses finished just a nose apart from each other.

            Ricky Ramirez has been the only jockey on High Plains Perry and will be in the saddle.

            Also owned by Paragon Farms, LLC and trained by Wood, Tough To Bee is also in an excellent trial — the seventh heat — when he lines up against All American Futurity third-place finisher Coronas First Diva, owned by Julianna Hawn Holt.

            Prior to his dead heat win in the Ruidoso Derby, Tough To Bee was a close third behind stablemate High Plains Perry in the Texas Classic Futurity and then he came back to win the $62,000 Mr Master Bug Stakes at Remington Park.

            Ricky Ramirez has the mount with the third post position.

            Champion two-year-old filly Coronas First Diva, a daughter of Corona Cartel, started her career with a win in the Grade 3, $440,000 Oklahoma Futurity and a fifth-place run in the Grade 1, $1-million Heritage Place Futurity. She battled on the front end of the All American Futurity before being run down by closers Imperial Eagle and The Marfa Lights.

            Trainer Mike Joiner has named G.R. Carter Jr. to ride Coronas First Diva from the fifth post position.

            Charles and Christina Robinson’s champion two-year-old Imperial Eagle starts the afternoon when he runs in the first trial.

            Imperial Eagle won the 440-yard All American Futurity by a neck in his battle with The Marfa Lights, who races in the ninth trial. Imperial Eagle then won the Grade 1, $200,000 Southwest Juvenile Championship, also at 440 yards.

            The Tony Sedillo-trained Imperial Eagle made his 2017 debut in the Ruidoso Derby trials and finished third after a tight start. He came back in the $100,000 Mr Jess Perry on June 10 to win by a neck as the even-money choice.

            Esgar Ramirez rides Imperial Eagle from the seventh post position.

            The racing stays enticing in the second trial with Nueve Racing’s always dangerous Apolltical Chad. The Wes Giles-trained Apolltical Chad won the 2016 Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and was then fourth in the All American Futurity. The gelding came back this summer to qualify for the Ruidoso Derby and the Rainbow Derby.

            G.R. Carter Jr. picks up the mount on Apolltical Chad, a $38,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, with the seventh post position.

            For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to, visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page and follow the Ruidoso Press Box (@RuiPressBox) on Twitter.



Special 11:30 am First Post Time Friday and Saturday

Ty Wyant

            There will be a special 11:30 a.m. first post time at Ruidoso Downs on Friday and Saturday.

            The earlier first post time is to accommodate the 14 All American Futurity trials that will be held each day.

            The horses with the five-fastest times from each day of 440-yard All American Futurity trials qualify to race in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day. The All American Futurity offers the largest purse in North America for two-year-olds.

            The first post time returns to 1 p.m. on Sunday for the strong All American Derby trials.

            After the All American Futurity trials, the first Select Foals In Utero Sale and the New Mexico-bred Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred Sale will be held on Friday at Saturday nights. The sale is located in the sale pavilion adjoining the Ruidoso Downs barn area. It is east of the track.

            The Select Foals In Utero Sale offers extremely well-bred foals in utero. They are all by leading sires and their genetic mothers are some of the finest broodmares in quarter horse racing.

            The New Mexico-bred portion of the sale provides prospects that may compete in the lucrative New Mexico-bred program.

            Catalogs are available at