RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 16, 2014) – Big Dashing Perry won the first of 12 trials to the Grade 1, $1,920,887 All American Derby and his time of :21.184 for 440 yards held up throughout the afternoon as the fastest-qualifying time at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon.
The three-year-olds with the 10-fastest times qualify for the 440-yard All American Derby, the year’s richest quarter horse derby. The horses with the next 10-fastest times gain priority to compete in the first running of the $100,000 First Down Dash. Both races will be held on Sunday, August 31.
The All American Derby winner receives an invitation to compete in the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos Race Course in Southern California in December.
Owned by Grant Farms with Tommy and Bobby Barnett, Big Dashing Perry took the first trial in workmanlike fashion. “This is the first time I’ve ridden him,” said hall of fame jockey G.R. Carter Jr. “I stood him in the gate and he was perfect.
“Today he just ran a nice race. He broke well and finished strong. He’s a pro and he likes the distance.”
Carter is on a nuclear-hot roll. The all-time leading quarter horse jockey in races won and money earned qualified four horses to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity from Thursday’s and Friday’s trials. He then placed three of the four-fastest qualifiers in the All American Derby: Big Dashing Perry, Kates Dynasty and J Bar.
Big Dashing Perry, a $45,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, was making his first start since finishing a close third in the $167,000 Sam Houston Derby back in April for trainer Toby Keeton. He has now won five of seven starts.
A gelding by Mr Jess Perry, Big Dashing Perry started his career with three-straight wins and the streak was capped by a three-quarter-length win in the $266,000 Firecracker Futurity.
Carter Jr. and trainer Mike Joiner sent out champion Kates Dynasty to win the ninth trial with the second-fastest time of :21.261. Carter and Joiner also qualified Jerry Windham’s homebred J Bar to the All American Derby.
J Bar won the fourth trial by one-half length with the fourth-fastest time of :21.263. The gelding by Jess Zoomin made his stakes debut in the Rainbow Derby and finished fifth after a troubled start.
“Kates Dynasty just guts it out,” Carter said. “She’s not very big, but she is all try.” She won her trial by one-half length as the 4-5 favorite.
Owned Billy Smith, Windham and Pat Guthrie, Kates Dynasty was honored as the 2013 champion two-year-old filly. She secured that title when she closed out last year with a win in the Grade 1, $1 million Texas Classic Futurity.
Kates Dynasty, a daughter of Fdd Dynasty, raced in the Grade 1, $1,049,000 Rainbow Derby in her start before her All American Derby trial.
The Ellen Kennedy Living Trust’s Houdini could gain the favorite’s role in the All American Derby after winning the Rainbow Derby and setting the third-fastest qualifying time to the All American Derby. The Valiant Hero-sired gelding won the eighth trial by one length in :21.263.
Houdini prepared for his Ruidoso Downs’ season with a close second in the Jack Brooks Stakes at Remington Park.
“He was a little short (in his conditioning) at Remington Park, but that’s what I wanted,” said trainer Luis Villafranco. “He’s in peak form now.
“He got a little behind (in his trial) and I was a little worried. But, he loves the quarter mile.”
2014 All American Derby Unofficial Qualifiers
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Big Dashing Perry/1 Toby Keeton G. R. Carter Jr. 2t 21.184
Kates Dynasty/9 Mike Joiner G. R. Carter Jr. 0 21.261
Houdini/8 Luis Villafranco Cody Jensen 4h 21.263
J Bar/4 Mike Joiner G. R. Carter Jr. 1h 21.309
The Ultimate Eagle/9 Eddie Willis Jimmy Brooks 0 21.327
Down Side Magician/1 Dwayne Gilbreath Cody Jensen 2t 21.360
Too Flash for You/2 Wesley Giles Larry Gamez 2h 21.375
Potenzza/9 Paul Jones Cody Jensen 0 21.391
Five Bar Cartel/4 James J Gonzales II Saul Ramirez 1h ` 21.395
Mon Ti Dash/8 Dwayne Gilbreath Berkley Packer 4h 21.397
Horses with Priority to the $100,000 First Down Dash
Her O Don Won/1 Russell Harris Larry Payne 2t 21.411
Skuze Pleaze/8 Ty Blackwell G. R. Carter Jr. 4h 21.454
Rae of Fire/6 Juan Gonzalez Jaime Parga Leos 3h 21.463
Quick Dynasty/8 Brandon Muniz Jesse L Levario 4h 21.468
Catch Bill the Kid/2 Mike Joiner Cody Jensen 2h 21.471
Cruzin/1 Alejandro Chavez Jaime Parga Leos 2t 21.472
Rock Princess/11 Tammy K Johnson Ricardo Aguirre 4h 21.509
Viva Sin Tacha/6 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 3h 21.514
Spirit Leader/1 Paul Jones Ramon Sanchez 2t 21.517
Fire Tested/10 Eddie Willis Jimmy D. Brooks 7h 21.517