Led by 2012 world champion One Dashing Eagle, quarter horses and horsemen who competed at Ruidoso Downs last summer were prominent among the annual world champions announced by the American Quarter Horse Association on January 16.
All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle took the sport’s most prestigious award, the world champion title, and also was named the champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old colt. Last summer at Ruidoso Downs, One Dashing Eagle won the Grade 1, $2,400,000 All American Futurity and the $1,200,000 first-place check was his largest payday during a year when he set the all-time annual earnings record of $2,079,065. The One Famous Eagle son also won the Grade 1, $1,073,000 Golden State Million and the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Ed Burke Million at Los Alamitos for owners Jose De La Torre, Gustavo De La Torre and Jorge Carmona’s San Gregorio Racing Stable.
One Dashing Eagle is the 10th two-year-old to be named world champion.
PJ Chick In Black is the 2012 champion two-year-old filly after winning her first five starts, including the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity. After her five wins, the Desirio daughter finished sixth in the All American Futurity after a troubled start as the 7-10 favorite. That was her latest start.
Trained by Carl Draper and then John Stinebaugh, PJ Chick In Black is owned by Denny Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms.
PJ Chick In Black is also expected to return to Ruidoso Downs this summer and could compete in any or all of the three grade 1 derbies the $750,000 (est.) Ruidoso Derby, $1,000,000 (est.) Rainbow Derby and All American Derby.
Ochoa was named the champion three-year-old and three-year-old gelding on the strength of his wins in the Grade 1, $903,774 Rainbow Derby and then the Grade 1, $2,234,539 All American Derby. His All American Derby win made him the all-time leading money-earning quarter horse and he has now earned $2,619,741 for owners J Bar Seven Ranch (Johnny T.L. and Brenda Jones), Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson. The Tres Seis gelding has earned $2,602,553 at Ruidoso Downs.
The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained gelding was previously honored as the 2011 champion two-year-old and two-year-old gelding after his win in the 2011 All American Futurity.
Johnny Trotter’s Hez Our Secret was second to Ochoa in the All American Derby and was awarded the champion three-year-old colt title. Trained by the father-son team of Blane and Trey Wood, Hez Our Secret earned $603,252 with three wins from eight starts last year.
Joel Tavarez’s Prospect To The Top, the 2011 champion three-year-old colt, returned last year to be named champion aged stallion after standing to a book of mares last spring. He began his 2012 campaign last summer at Ruidoso Downs when he was a close second in the Mr Jet Moore Handicap and then won the All American Gold Cup.
Diane Heath’s All About Larry scored a stunning eight-and-three-quarter-length win in the 870-yard Master Salls Handicap at Ruidoso Downs last August on his way to being named champion distance horse. The John Stinebaugh-trained gelding was also moved up to second place in the Tricky Dust Stakes after a disqualification.
World champion One Dashing Eagle helped his owners and breeder earn championship titles. Jose De La Torre, Gustavo De La Torre and Jorge Carmona’s San Gregorio Racing Stable were named champion owners and the Allred Brothers, breeder of One Dashing Eagle, were named champion breeders. The late Jerry, Harvey and Dale Allred comprised the Allred Brothers. The Allred Brothers are members of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.
Perennial top Ruidoso Downs’ trainer Paul Jones won the Blane Schvaneveldt champion trainer title for the 11th consecutive year. Last year, his horses earned $4,487,221 to lead all trainers. Lisa Saumell manages the Jones operation on the New Mexico circuit.
Jockey G.R. Carter Jr., a regular rider every summer at Ruidoso Downs, earned his 10th champion jockey award. His mounts earned a quarter-horse leading $4,503,632 last year.
Jones and Carter are each members of the Ruidoso Downs Racehorse Hall of Fame.
The 2013 summer racing season begins on May 24 with the trials to the Ruidoso Futurity and continues through Labor Day with the running of the All American Futurity, the richest race for two-year-old racehorses of any breed. For further information, see www.raceruidoso.com and follow Ruidoso Downs racing on Twitter at @RuiPressBox.