JHB Enterprises’ Wagon Tales turned in a sensational :21.021 time for 440 yards in the fourth of 14 trials on Friday and led the second- and third-place runners from that trial into the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity.
The horses with the five-fastest times from Friday’s trials join the horses with the five-fastest times from Thursday’s 14 trials on Labor Day in the All American Futurity, which has the largest purse of any two-year-old race in North America.
Wagon Tales’ time was also the quickest mark from the two days of trials, surpassing the top time on Thursday set by Hes Relentless, :21.148.
The Cody Jensen-ridden Wagon Tales won the trial by one length over Skuze Pleeze while it was another one-and-one-half lengths back to third-place finisher Fatal Policy. Skuze Pleeze posted the second-fastest time of :21.177 while Fatal Policy sports the fifth-fastest time of :21.412.
“He broke really well from the gate,” said Jensen. “He’s a big, rangy quarter-mile type of horse.
“I knew that Skuze Pleeze was a really nice horse and that if I could beat him we’d do well.”
Wagon Tales was the even-money choice after finishing a close third behind Big Biz Perry and Hes Relentless in the Grade 1, $1 million Heritage Place Futurity back on June 1. Big Biz Perry won his All American Futurity trial on Thursday, however his time was not quick enough to qualify for the futurity. Hes Relentless topped the Thursday qualifiers. All three of those horses did not make a start between the Heritage Place Futurity and the All American Futurity trials.
The Judd Kearl-trained Wagon Tales was dangerous in his three races leading up to the Heritage Place Futurity. After a second in his Remington Park Futurity trial, he won the Remington Park Juvenile by one-half length and then his Heritage Place Futurity trial by three quarters of a length with the fastest time on the second day of trials.
Joe Mills’ homebred Skuze Pleeze, a $50,000 supplemental nominee, also succeeded at Remington Park and then was rested until the All American Futurity trials. The Dashin Bye gelding went three-for-three at Remington Park, capped by a win in the $50,000 Easy Jet Stakes for Oklahoma-breds.
Bill Price’s homebred Fatal Policy is still a maiden after five starts. The Blane Wood-trained gelding was off the board in three Remington Park outs and then beaten by just a nose in a quick Ruidoso Downs’ allowance race when the winner was timed in :15.226.
Owned by Ezra Elton Lee, Jill Giles and Melvin Neugebauer, Wagon Full Of Gold has been progressing in each start for trainer Wes Giles. The gelding capped his improvement with a two-and-three-quarter-length win in the second All American Futurity trial. His time of :21.331 was the third-fastest time on Friday afternoon.
The Pyc Paint Your Wagon-sired gelding was fifth in his only start at Sunland Park for trainer Wes Giles and then won his Ruidoso Futurity trial by one-and-three-quarter lengths, his previous start before the All American Futurity trials.
Nahum and Rosella Prieto’s Reagal Eagle raced to a one-length win in the 13th trial and secured a spot in his second Grade 1 futurity this summer. The Larry Gamez-ridden son of One Famous Eagle stopped the clock in:21.336 for the fourth-fastest time during the afternoon.
The Eduardo Gonzalez-trained Reagal Eagle was the fastest qualifier on the first day of Rainbow Futurity trials and then finished fifth as the 8-5 favorite in the Rainbow Futurity.
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2013 All American Futurity Unofficial Qualifiers
Thursday, 8/15/13 Day 1
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Hes Relentless/d1/t8 Amber Blair Cody R Smith 4t 21.148
Especially Tres/d1/t2 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 10h 21.191
Handsome Jack Flash/d1/t8 Juan Gonzalez Jaime Leos 4t 21.209
Houdini/d1/t1 Luis Villafranco Cody Jensen 5h 21.233
You N How Many More/d1/t5 Juan Gonzalez Jaime Leos 4h 21.267
Friday, 8/16/13 Day 2
Wagon Tales/d2/t4 Judd Kearl Cody Jensen 5t 21.021
Skuze Pleeze/d2/t4 Tana Pace GR Carter 5t 21.177
Wagon Full of Gold/d2/t2 Wesley Giles Jay Conklin 0 21.331
Reagal Eagle/d2/t13 Eduardo Gonzalez Larry Gamez 13h 21.366
Fatal Policy/d2/t4 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 5t 21.412
2013 All American Juvenile Top Times
Thursday, 8/15/13 Day 1
Fly Thru the Fire /d1/t3 Paul Jones Cody Jensen 6h 21.267
Wagon Cash/d1/t11 Paul Jones Cody Jensen 5h 21.320
Her O Don Won/d1/t8 Russell Harris Larry Payne 4t 21.339
Coronado Cartel/d1/t10 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks 0 21.385
This Dude Can Fly/d1/t3 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks 6h 21.344
Friday, 8/16/13 Day 2
Kates Dynasty/d2/t1 Mike Joiner GR Carter 0 21.441
Potnenzza/d2/t1 Paul Jones Ramon Sanchez 0 21.448
Cruzin/d2/t10 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 12c 21.465
Dynastys First Call/d2/t3 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 3c 21.467
Ym Rapid/d2/t11 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks 10c 21.490