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Jess Good Candy Unbeaten After $3M All American Futurity Win

Ty Wyant

           The Estate of Carl Pevehouse’s Jess Good Candy raised his record to four-for-four with a spotless, professional win in the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs before a record 24,815 fans.

            The four-day Labor Day weekend had a total of 54,083 in attendance.

            The All American Futurity pays the largest purse of any two-year-old horserace in the world.

            Pevehouse ‑ who died in April, 2014 ‑ had been one of the most respected owner/breeders in Oklahoma. Horses Pevehouse bred are easily recognized because they carry “Candy” in their names. Pevehouse was the breeder of Jess Good Candy.

            “This means everything,” Pevehouse’s daughter said in a shaky voice with tears. “This means the program that my dad started years ago has come to fruition. It’s amazing.”

            Jess Good Candy raced the 440 yards in :21.414 to win by a neck over One Fabulous Eagle. Ivan Carnero, 23, was aboard for his first All American Futurity win.

            Tf Im That Guy took third, one length behind One Fabulous Eagle.

            Jess Good Candy, the first horse trainer Clinton Crawford qualified for the All American Futurity, was in tight quarters at the start and then the horses next to him moved away from Jess Send Candy. He had a clear path and pushed his way to the front. Then he surged to get the win over a very game One Fabulous Eagle.

            A son of Good Reason Sa and Jess Send Candy, Jess Good Candy was making his stakes debut. He easily won his maiden at first asking at Remington Park back in April and then came to Ruidoso and won his trial to the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity in his local debut. He won by three quarters of a length, but his time was not fastest enough to earn a spot in the futurity.

            “He got away good in the Ruidoso trials and he won the race, but he got a little green,” Crawford said. “(Jockey) G.R. Carter Jr. had to check him just a little bit at the wire and we got knocked out by two one hundredths of a second from qualifying. We had another filly in the Juvenile, I told her let's just wait. I'll have him ready.”

            Crawford waited to the All American Futurity trials in August to run Jess Good Candy again and he came through with the third-fastest qualifying time on the second day of trials.

            There were 34 trials to the All American Futurity with 17 trials of each day. The horses with the five-fastest times on each day competed for the record $1.5 million first-place check in the All American Futurity.

            Darling Farm’s One Fabulous Eagle, the 2-1 favorite, was the fastest qualifier on the first day of trials with a :21.452 time for the 440 yards. The One Famous Eagle son dominated his trial by one-and-three-quarter lengths.

            One Fabulous Eagle, trained by Kasey Willis, quickly became a Grade 1 horse when he qualified for the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity in his career debut. He then was moved up to third in the Ruidoso Futurity through a disqualification.

            Victor Diaz’s Tf Im That Guy was also third in the Grade 2, $198,924 West Texas Futurity in April. The First Down Dash son won his trials to the Grade 1, $1 million Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. He was the third-fastest qualifier on the first trial day of All American Futurity trials.

            Midway through the race, the saddle slipped on Giving It All and the horse started bucking. Jockey Ramon Sanchez jumped off and sustained a sore right shoulder. He was not taken to the hospital and walked back into the jockeys’ room.

            Earlier in the program, the $200,000 All American Juvenile was held for horses who did not qualify for the All American Futurity. The purse was raised from $100,000 last year.

            Bella Vista Farm’s homebred Bv Midnite Express owned the last half of the 440-yard juvenile and sped away to a three-quarter-length win with a :21.588 time. B. Russel Hadley was aboard.

            Jess B Heroic was second by a neck over Streakinjess For Lmg.

            Bv Midnite Express got a clean start from eighth post position and had a clear path to the wire. After the halfway mark, the Freighttrain B-sired gelding stretched out and cruised to his fourth win from six starts.

            Trained by Eddie Lee Willis, Bv Midnite Express has been one of the leading two-year-olds in the nation and came to Ruidoso Downs after winning the Grade 1, $1,170,000 Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park. He went to the lead in the 350-yard Heritage Place Futurity and then scored the one-half length win.

            Bv Midnite Express finished second in his All American Futurity trial. He was one-and-three-quarter lengths behind One Fabulous Eagle, who posted the quickest mark on the first day of trials.

            Owned by Joe Dee Brooks, Scott Bryant and Derrol Hubbard, Jess B Heroic stumbled at the start and still managed to gain second place.

            The Valiant Hero-sired gelding had won his two previous starts, including his All American Futurity trial by a head for trainer Mike Joiner.

            Third-place finisher Streakinjess For Lmg, owned by LMG Racing, Inc. and trained by Chris Zamora, qualified for the Grade 1, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity and then won his trials to the Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity.

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