The All American Futurity trials always attracts a stellar group and that tradition continues on Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs with four of the top-five ranked two-year-olds in the nation racing in the 15 trials on each day.
Competing will be top-ranked A Revenant, second-ranked Duponte, fourth-ranked Apolltical Chad and fifth-ranked Teller Baja. They hold those positions in the weekly AQHA Racing - Horseplayernow.com poll.
The horses with the five-fastest times on each trial day advance to the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day. The 440-yard All American Futurity offers the largest purse of any two-year-old race in the world. The winner receives $1.5 million.
The horses with the next-five fastest times each day gain eligibility to the record-setting $500,000 All American Juvenile. The All American Juvenile’s purse was raised from $200,000 last year.
There will be a special 11 a.m. post time for each day of trials. The trials will be televised live on RIDE-TV (Dish Channel 248) and the times for the top-three finishers in every trial will be tweeted as soon as possible on Twitter at @RuiPressBox. These times are available within a few minutes of each trial.
A Revenant stands atop the national poll by virtue of his neck win in the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity as the 9-10 favorite on July 24. The Cody Jensen-ridden A Revenant ran a perfect race down the outside of the track and surged to the win in the 400-yard test. He finished a neck ahead of Paint My Pilot, who raced erratically from the inside post position and still had the raw speed to finish in a competitive second place.
Owned R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway, A Revenant sustained his sole defeat from four starts and in the Grade 1, $1 million Ruidoso Futurity to fourth-ranked Apolltical Chad.
A Revenant runs on Friday with the inside post position in the fifth trial. Jensen is up.
Nueve Racing’s Apolltical Chad had the lead halfway through the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity and held off the late charge by A Revenant to win by a head. The Wes Giles-trained Apolltical Chad was not entered in the Rainbow Futurity trials and has been pointing at the All American Futurity trials since the Ruidoso Futurity win on June 12.
The Apollitical Jess-sired Apolltical Chad races on Saturday in the fourth trial with the eighth post position. Adrian A. Ramos will be aboard.
Owned by breeder Bobby Cox with Homero and Kristen Paredes, Duponte earned his $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the All American Futurity trials by winning the Grade 1, $1,083,000 Heritage Place Futurity in a very professional manner. He earned $455,036 of his $578,519 in the Heritage Place Futurity.
Duponte drew the outside post position in the Heritage Place Futurity. He started well and then kept accelerating throughout the 350-yards to win by an expanding one length. The son of American Runaway was timed in a fast :17.306.
Trained by Josue Ponce, Duponte also earned $120,465 for winning the Grade 3, $267,700 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity back in March at Louisiana Downs. He used the same spotless form to win the 300-yard Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity.
Regular jockey Francisco Ramirez Jr. will be aboard. He races on Friday in the 15th trial with the fifth post position.
Juan Medina’s homebred Teller Baja, a filly by Teller Cartel, is undefeated from four starts for trainer Judd Kearl. The highlight of her unbeaten resume is her one-half length win in the $888,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity. In her only Ruidoso Downs start, she won her Rainbow Futurity trial after losing her footing at start, however did not qualify for the futurity.
Jose Amador Alvarez picks up the mount on Teller Baja in Friday’s 14th race. They start from the fourth post position
Jessica Meza’s Gamey Tee Cos was also supplemented to the All American Futurity trials at a cost of $50,000. The Tee Cos son makes his first start since crossing the finish line in sixth position in the West Texas Futurity at Sunland Park in April. He then was awarded third-place money after three horses that finished ahead of him tested positive for medication violations.
In Gamey Tee Cos’ only other start, he was an impressive one-and-one-quarter length winner of his West Texas Futurity trial. He raced to the second-fastest qualifying time of :15.225 for the 300 yards.
Manuel Gutierrez will ride Gamey Tee Cos from the eighth post position in the 14th trial on Saturday.