Trainer Wes Giles saddled the two fastest qualifiers on the second day of trials to the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity — including Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity winner Uptown Dynasty — while Eagle Jazz dominated his trial and did not qualify for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Eagle Jazz does not have the opportunity to race for the $4-million All American Triple Crown Bonus. He could compete in the $200,000 All American Juvenile on Labor Day.
The bonus goes to any horse that can win the Ruidoso Futurity, the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. Eagle Jazz finished in a dead heat for the win with Uptown Dynasty in the Ruidoso Futurity and then won the Rainbow Futurity while Uptown Dynasty finished second.
Melvin Neugebauer’s Uptown Dynasty, with his impressive career resume, will be the probable favorite in the All American Futurity on Labor Day.
Uptown Dynasty quickly gained the lead and accelerated away from his competition to win by one-and-one-quarter lengths over Rainbow Futurity third-place finisher Starfield.
Cipriano Uscanga Vidana was up for the win in :21.802 for the 440 yards.
“He ran his best race ever,” said Neugebauer. “We X-rayed him after the Rainbow (Futurity) and he is perfect.”
The Mr Jess Perry-sired gelding has now won four of six starts with a pair of second-place runs.
“He’s been training really well,” said Giles
Challenging Uptown Dynasty for All American Futurity favoritism could be Giles other qualifier, Bigg Daddy, who turned in the afternoon’s quickest time of :21.611.
Too For Two’s Bigg Daddy destroyed his rivals by two-and-three-quarter lengths under all-time everything jockey G.R. Carter Jr.
“Wow,” said Carter. “I didn’t even turn the whip around until 150 yards from the finish. I could tell that he was just eating up ground.”
New Mexico-bred Bigg Daddy’s All American Futurity trial is his only start against open company and not restricted to New Mexico-breds. The gelded son of Big Daddy Cartel and champion Alice K White won the $371,000 Zia Futurity in his previous start and also has a third-place finish in the $393,000 Mountain Top Futurity. Each of those stakes are contested at Ruidoso Downs.
Owner Too For Two is comprised of a partnership of nine people, including Neugebauer.
Bobby Cox’s homebred Hawkeye set the standard in the first trial when he won by three quarters of a length in :21.807, which stood up as the day’s third fastest mark. Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo was the jockey.
Hawkeye, a son of One Dashing Eagle, is three-for-three and makes his stakes debut in the All American Futurity.
Owned by the well-established partnership of friends R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway, Hotstepper scored a convincing two-length win in his trial as the 7-10 favorite. Cody Jensen guided Hotstepper over the quarter mile in :21.827.
The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained Hotstepper, a $63,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, won his Rainbow Futurity trial and qualified for the futurity. He reared at the start and lost his chance for a top finish, settling for eighth.
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2017 All American Futurity Trials Day Two Qualifiers (unofficial)
Horse/Trial # Trial Day Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Bigg Daddy/7 D2 Wes Giles G R Carter Jr 5t 21.611
Uptown Dynasty/3 D2 Wes Giles Cipriano U Vidana 0 21.802
Hawkeye/1 D2 James Padgett Rodrigo S Vallejo 3h 21.807
Hotstepper/10 D2 Dwayne Gilbreath Cody Jensen 8h 21.827
Fly Baby Fly/4 D2 James Padgett Rodrigo S Vallejo 0 21.902
Trace Dynasty/1 D2 Clinton Crawford G R Carter Jr 3h 21.932
Eagle Jazz/13 D2 James Padgett Rodrigo S Vallejo 9h 21.957
Starfield/3 D2 Trey Wood Ricky Ramirez 0 21.978
Time to Jazz/6 D2 Mario Loza Felipe Garcia-Luna 0 22.011
Jessica Alexandra/7 D2 Donna McArthur L. Sal Martinez 5t 22.030