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Jessies First Down Makes Statement In All American Gold Cup

Ty Wyant

             Ted Abrams’ homebred Jessies First Down made a strong statement about possibly defending his 2016 world championship title when he ran away from a strong field in the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            The field had earned $5.8 million coming into the All American Gold Cup.

            The Gold Cup win was the first of two Grade 1 wins during the afternoon for trainer James Padgett II and jockey Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo. Two races later they won the Grade 1, $1.3-million All American Derby.

            Jessies First Down started alertly from the outside post position and had an abundance of racing room. Vallejo allowed him to settle into his stride and none of his impressive competitors were able to give him a race.

            The six-year-old gelding won by a dominating two-and-one-quarter lengths in :21.134 for the 440 yards.

            “He got a good break,” said Vallejo. “He’s a very, very fast horse.

            Chief rival Zoomin Effortlessly made a late rally to grab second by a head over Apollitical Ok.

            A year ago. Telesforo Perrett’s Zoomin Effortlessly won the All American Gold Cup by one length over Jessies First Down.

            Jessies First Down was named the 2016 world champion by concluding his 2016 campaign with three consecutive Grade 1 wins after his second-place run in the All American Gold Cup. The Fdd Dynasty-sired gelding won the $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap, the $150,000 Zia Park Championship and the $350,000 The Championship at Sunland Park.

            A gelding by Fdd Dynasty, Jessies First Down was making his first start in the All American Gold Cup since finishing a head behind Zoomin Effortlessly in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship back in June.

            “We’ll take him to Prairie Meadows for the (Bank of America) Challenge Championship,” said Abrams. “If he wins there, then we would go to the Champion of Champions (at Los Alamitos), otherwise he would come back to New Mexico.” The Challenge Championships will be held on October 14.

            Zoomin Effortlessly was also making his first appearance since the Remington Park Championship and his close win over Jessies First Down. He was second to Jessies First Down in the Zia Park Championship and The Championship at Sunland Park.

            Santos Carrizales rode Zoomin Effortlessly for trainer Edelmiro Carrizales.

            J. Oscar Dominguez and Joel Martinez’s Appollitical Ok won the $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap on August 5 at Ruidoso Downs. That was his only win from five 2017 starts.

            The gelded son of Appollitical Jess is trained by Joel Valeriano, Jr. and was ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

            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.



Television Coverage For All American Futurity and Derby

Ty Wyant

            The $3-million All American Futurity on Monday and the $1.3-million All American Derby on Sunday will receive extensive live television coverage.

            The All American Futurity and the All American Derby will be covered by RIDE TV on Dish channel 248. Sunday’s All American Derby telecast will run from 3:30 to the end of the derby post-race interviews with the All American Futurity telecast being shown from 4:00 to the end of relevant coverage. All times are mountain time.

            Sunday’s coverage will include live coverage of the $200,000 All American Gold Cup and Monday’s show includes the $200,000 All American Juvenile.

            The hosts will be Tom Dawson and Dave Appleton.

            RIDE TV is also available to DISH Latino (248HD), Armstrong (235HD/489SD), Windstream Communications (1674HD/674SD), Century Link (1669HD/669SD), Google Fiber (254HD), CalTel Communications (596HD/96SD), Jefferson County Cable (140HD/50SD), Layer3 TV (272HD), Shentel (370HD), FiOS by Verizon (635HD), Grupo TVCable (297HD) and Viking Broadband (19SD) subscribers.

            Coverage is also available on from any connected device.

            The All American Futurity will be televised from 5:00 to 5:30 on KASA Fox and is sponsored by AQHA. It will also air on KLBK in Lubbock, KTSM in El Paso and KCIT in Amarillo.

            An enhanced live stream of the KASA Fox broadcast will be available on also beginning at 5 and continuing into the winner’s circle presentation. Complete qualifier profiles and coverage also is available at

            The hosts will be Chad Brummett and Kristen Currie.

            The races will be available online through and



Wager On Monday's Races On Sunday

Ty Wyant

           Ruidoso Downs guests will be able to wager on the All American Double and all of Monday’s races, including the $3-million All American Futurity, on Sunday.

            The All American Double requires the correct selection of Sunday’s $1.3-million All American Derby winner and Monday’s All American Futurity winner.

            The 440-yard All American Derby is headlined by Rainbow Derby winner and fastest-qualifier Hold Air Hostage, quarter horse racing’s number-one ranked horse. On the All American Derby undercard is the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup with the earners of $5.8-million, a deep field competing in the $100,000 First Down Dash and a contentious group of thoroughbred fillies running in the $134,769 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity.

            Monday’s very strong program features quarter horse racing showcase event, the Grade 1 All American Futurity. Trainer Wes Giles saddles the strong pair of Melvin Neugebauer’s Ruidoso Futurity winner Uptown Dynasty and Too For Too’s Zia Futurity winner Bigg Daddy.

            Other Monday stakes that fans will be able to play on Sunday include the $200,000 All American Juvenile and thoroughbreds racing in the $135,395 Rio Grande Senor Thoroughbred Futurity and the $50,000 Ruidoso New Mexico-bred Thoroughbred Championship.

            First post time is 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a 1 p.m. first post time on Monday.

            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.