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Exquisite Stride Shines at Right Time In All American Futurity Trials at Ruidoso

Amanda Greer

            RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 15, 2014) – D&S Racing, LLC’s Exquisite Stride made just his second career start the most promising of efforts when he raced to the fastest-qualifying time during the second day of trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.

            The two-year-olds with the five-fastest times from Friday’s 14 440-yard trials join the horses with the five-fastest times from Thursday’s 14 trials in the 440-yard All American Futurity on Labor Day. The winner receives $1.3 million, the largest winner’s share in quarter horse racing. The All American Futurity offers the largest purse of any two-year-old race in North America.

            Exquisite Stride started in the second trial and put up a :21.313 mark for the quarter mile that held up throughout the afternoon.

            “In his Rainbow Futurity trial (his only other start) he didn’t break and had to go around horses,” said jockey Jimmy Dean Brooks. The son of Carters Cartel won the trial by a nose but did not qualify for the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity.

            Exquisite Stride also did not have the best of starts in his All American Futurity trial. He was forced out and bumped at the start. “If we can just get him to break, but he is improving,” said Brooks.

            While his starts are a work in progress, Exquisite Stride lives up to his name once he gets rolling. The Eddie Willis-trained colt devours ground with long, powerful strides that enable him to overcome his mistakes while competing in trials to classic Grade 1 races.

            Second-fastest qualifier Apollitical Blood has the advantage of Grade 1 stakes experience. He won his trial by drawing out to a two-and-one-half victory and stopped the clock in :21.388 with Raul Valenzuela aboard.

            In his start before his All American trial score, the Juan Aleman-trained colt finished fifth in the Grade 1, $985,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity at Los Alamitos. He was the fifth-fastest qualifier to the 350-yard Ed Burke Futurity with a :17.651 time while winning his trial and his maiden by one-half length. The Ed Burke trial was his second start after finishing a close third in a Los Alamitos maiden race.

            Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle is one of two horses who has qualified for all three Grade 1 futurities this summer at Ruidoso Downs. The other horse is Jm Miracle, who qualified on Thursday afternoon.

            Bodacious Eagle, a son of One Famous Eagle, finished third in the Grade1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity fourth in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity. The son of One Famous Eagle raced the 440 yards in 21.436 in his All American Futurity trial and nosed out fifth-fastest qualifier Mad About The Moon, who was clocked in :21.442. Mad About The Moon was $5,000 purchase out of the New Mexico-bred sale at Ruidoso Downs.


                                   2014 All American Futurity Trials Fastest Qualifiers

Thursday, 8/14/14 Day 1

Horse/Trial #                      Day                        Trainer                 Jockey                   Wind                      Time

Thunderball B/14                D1                           Mike Joiner                           G R Carter Jr.                        2t            21.336

Im a Fancy Pyc/11             D1                           Paul Jones                             G R Carter Jr.                        2h           21.337

Sam Crow/9                         D1                           Blane Wood                         Ricky Ramirez                     3h           21.487  

Jm Miracle/12                      D1                           Umberto Belloc                    G R Carter Jr.                        2h           21.497

Tempting Destiny/10          D1                           Mike Joiner                           G R Carter Jr.                        10h         21.529


Friday, 8/15/14 Day 2

Exquisite Stride/2                D2                           Eddie D. Willis                      Jimmy D Brooks  5t            21.313

Apollitical Blood/10            D2                           Juan Aleman                        Raul A Valenzuela              2c            21.388

This Fire Is Cold/13             D2                           Umberto Belloc                    Esgar Ramirez                      0              21.431

Bodacious Eagle/7              D2                           Blane Wood                         Ricky Ramirez                     10c         21.438  

Mad About the Moon/7 D2                              Gene Burden                        Sergio Becerra Jr  10c         21.442


2014 AA Futurity Juvenile Qualifiers

Thursday, 8/14/14 Day 1

Cobalt Creek/6                    D1                           John Stinebaugh                 Omar Reyes                          5h           21.537

Visual Magic/12                  D1                           Blane Wood                         Ricky Ramirez                     2h           21.595  

Corona Kelly/7                    D1                           Mike Joiner                           G.R. Carter Jr.                       4h           21.606

A Tempting Tea/6               D1                           Eddie Willis                           Jimmy D. Brooks 5h           21.611

Girlonthego/12                     D1                           Juan Gonzalez                     Jaime P. Leos                       2h           21.643


Friday, 8/15/14 Day 2


Stone Cold Diamond/4      D2                           Mike Joiner                           Joe Badilla                            13t          21.443

Kiss My Hocks/8 D2                           Toby Keeton                        Cody Jensen                         3c            21.484

Sass Me Blue/11                  D2                           Cody Joiner                          G.R. Carter Jr.                       3h           21.496

Jessbye Marcy/2                  D2                           Paul Jones                             Joe Badilla Jr                        5t            21.518

Mda Game/4                        D2                           James J Gonzales ll             Adrian A Ramos  13t          21.525