RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (September 1, 2014) –Jm Miracle completed a memorable afternoon for owner J&M Racing and Farm and trainer Umberto Belloc when he won the Grade 1, $2.6 All American Futurity before a record 24,778 fans on Monday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
Two races earlier, the same connections won the $100,000 All American Juvenile with Jm Specialwynn.
Jm Miracle got a clean start from the third post position and was immediately racing with the leaders. He took command at the halfway mark and none of his rivals were able to mount a serious challenge while he went on to win by one-half length.
“He warmed up pretty good but he was a little excited in the gate, turning his head and looking around,” said Sanchez “We got him settled down and he got quiet. He broke decent – he didn’t break in front, but he went to running, I switched (sticks) and we got the lead about the middle way. And after that he finished strong.”
He was distressed after the race and given a ride to the barn in a van as a precautionary measure after being cooled with water. “He’s tired, he’s exhausted,” said Belloc.
Mad About The Moon was second by a neck over Sam Crow.
Jm Miracle, with Ramon Sanchez aboard, was timed in :21.380 for the 440 yards. Sanchez won the 2009 All American Futurity on champion Runnning Brook Gal and the 2012 All American Futurity aboard world champion One Dashing Eagle.
For trainer Belloc, he won the All American Futurity the first year he qualified a horse for the classic. He also qualified This Fire Is Cold. “I don’t know if I can describe this; it’s so good. I wish everyone who does what I do would win it once in their lifetime, it’s a great feeling,” said Belloc.
A $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, Jm Miracle was one of only two horses to qualify for the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity, the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity and the All American Futurity. He finished a fast-closing second in the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity. The other horse to qualify for the three futurities is Bodacious Eagle, who finished fifth in the All American Futurity.
Jm Miracle, a son of Volcom, reached the All American Futurity finals when he was the fourth-fastest qualifier on the first of two days of trials. The horses with the five-fastest times on each of the afternoon’s 14 trials qualified for the All American Futurity.
This feeling I have right now is something I cannot describe.” said owner Javier Marquez.” This is a very well-bred horse. I always believed I would win the All American one day. It was my dream and I never wanted to quit until it came true.”
David Valdez’s runner-up Mad About The Moon, a $5,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, was the only horse in the All American Futurity who did not win his trial. He finished a nose behind Bodacious Eagle in their trial and had the fifth-fastest time of :21.442 on the second day of trials. The First Moonflash gelding won his maiden two starts ago at Ruidoso Downs.
Terry Baber’s Sam Crow, a $40,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, grabbed third-place for trainer Blane Wood. The consistent gelding by Valiant Hero was second in the Ruidoso Juvenile and then won his Rainbow Futurity and All American Futurity trials.
In the $100,000 All American Juvenile, with two-year-olds who did not qualify for the All American Futurity preferred, Jm Specialwynn found an opportune time to win his maiden in his third start.
The Sergio Beccera Jr.-ridden Jm Special Wynn got a clean start with a clear path and showed that 440 yards could be his best distance. The Walk Thru Fire son finished strongly to win by three parts of a length with a :21.523 time for the quarter mile.
Outta Texas was second, a neck ahead of third-place finisher Stone Cold Diamond.
Jm Specialwynn, an 8-1 longshot, was seventh when he made his career debut in the trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity and was then second by one-half length in his All American Futurity trial.