Rainbow Derby winner Kiss My Hocks and Ruidoso Derby winner Bf Farm Boss head the 12 superb trials to the Grade 1, $2,378,383 All American Derby on Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.
The 440-yard All American Derby offers the largest purse of any derby in quarter horse racing and attracted a sensational group of three-year-olds. It is the sport’s second-largest purse, behind only the $3 million All American Futurity on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.
The horses with the 10-fastest times from the All American Derby trials qualify to race in the All American Derby on Sunday, September 6, the day before Labor Day.
The All American Derby trial-filled program begins at 1 p.m. with Kiss My Hocks racing in the third trial and Bf Farm Boss running in the first trial.
Kiss My Hocks is the second-ranked horse in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayer.com national poll while Bf Farm Boss holds down the sixth spot.
Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks, nicknamed Rooster, has made his name known since his first start back in March of 2014. He set a Sam Houston Race Park 330-yard track record in his debut and then took the Grade 2, $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity before heading to Ruidoso Downs and wrapping up his championship season. He was named champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old colt.
Kiss My Hocks won the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity by one-half length and then finished a neck behind Trendi in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity.
Trainer Toby Keeton gave the Tempting Dash son the winter off and he surfaced in the Ruidoso Derby trials and ran a throw-out race, finishing fourth. He bounced back in his Rainbow Derby trial, winning by two lengths with the fourth-fastest time of :21.318 for the 440 yards. He backed up that effort in the Grade 1, $1,067,906 Rainbow Derby with a convincing one-half length win that earned him his number-two ranking.
G.R. Carter Jr. has the mount on Kiss My Hocks when they start from the ninth post position.
Don and Peggy Boyle’s homebred Bf Farm Boss comes into the All American Derby trials off a neck win in the Grade 1, $815,045 Ruidoso Derby as the 5-2 favorite. He was not eligible for the Rainbow Derby and his connections decided to pass on paying the supplemental fee to enter the Rainbow Derby trials. He has been pointed at the All American Derby trials.
Bf Farm Boss was in the upper echelon of his division at Los Alamitos last year when he won the Grade 2, $365,000 PCQHRA Breeders’ Derby and finished second in the Grade 1, $2 million Los Alamitos Two Million.
In his only start at Ruidoso Downs last year, the member of the Paul Jones stable was a non-qualifying one-and-one-quarter-length winner of his All American Futurity trial.
A son of Hawkinson and Shirleys Strawfly, Bf Farm Boss is a full brother to champion and Ruidoso Downs’ 440-yard track-record holder Strawkins, also owned by the Boyles.
Ramon Sanchez, the only person who has ridden Bf Farm Boss, will be aboard the colt with the second post position.
Owned by Gary and Linda Gordon with Ross Roark, Jess Walking Thru will be in with Bf Farm Boss in the first trial.
The Mike Robbins-trained miss took the 2014 champion two-year-old filly title with a win in the Grade 1, $371,227 Dash For Cash Futurity and a third-place run in the Los Alamitos Two Million.
Jess Walking Thru was placed sixth in the Rainbow Derby, her second 2015 start.
Jose Amador Alvarez started the filly and has ridden her in each of her starts. They drew the fourth post position.
Jm Miracle is also in the first trial, between Bf Farm Boss and Jess Walking Thru in the third post position.
The gelding is looking to pull off the All American Futurity-All American Derby double. He won the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity by one-half length. He came back this year to win his Rainbow Derby trial and finish second in his Ruidoso Derby trial. He did not qualify for the finals of each derby.
The Volcom-sired gelding will have Joe Badilla Jr. aboard.
William Smith’s Trendi won last summer’s Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity over Kiss My Hocks and could be reaching peak form for trainer Wes Giles. The sister to world champion Stolis Winner had an extended layoff after the Rainbow Futurity win and is making her third start off that layoff. The Stoli-sired filly was disqualified from second in her Ruidoso Derby trial and then won her Rainbow Derby trial. She did not reach the finals of either derby.
Adrian A. Ramos has the mount on Trendi with the fourth post position in the seventh trial.
There are four supplements at a cost of $50,000 each to enter the trials. They are Moonin The Eagle, Mr Special Cartel, Politicaly Correct and Premier Ethic.
Gregorio Garza’s Moonin The Eagle is looking for his third derby win. The half-brother to champion Moonist dominated the $200,125 South Florida Derby at Hialeah and the Grade 3, $195,981 Sam Houston Derby at Sam Houston Race Park. He crossed the finish line in third place in the Rainbow Derby, however was disqualified.
Francisco Acevedo’s Mr Special Cartel qualified for the West Texas Derby and comes off a close second-place finish in a $25,410 non-winners-of-three allowance race at SunRay Park.
Jim Helzer and Walter Harrison’s Politicaly Correct is on a roll. The Apolltical Jess gelding won four-consecutive races — including the $40,000 Hialeah El Nino and the $268,000 Oklahoma Derby — before being beaten by a neck for second in the Grade 2, $369,910 Heritage Place Derby on May 30 as the 6-5 favorite. That is his most recent start.
Double A Ranch’s Premier Ethics takes a class jump to the Grade 1 level after winning all six of her career starts. Her wins include the $61,000 Sunshine State Derby at Hialeah Park and the Grade 2, $52,080 Juno Request Stakes over distaffers at Remington Park.
Other notables in the All American Derby trials include Heritage Place Futurity runner-up Bv Travelin Soldier (first trial), Rainbow Derby runner-up Sam Crow (second trial), All American Futurity runner-up Mad About The Moon (second trial), Mr Jess Perry winner Carters Last Straw (second trial), Hobbs America Futurity winner Takiana Romanova B (fourth trial), Ruidoso Derby third-place finisher Jm Onfire (fourth trial), Ruidoso Derby runner-up Glock (sixth trial), Golden State Million runner-up Apollitical Blood (seventh trial), Golden State Million third-place finisher Luv Supreme (seventh trial), Ruidoso Futurity third-place finisher Bodacious Eagle (eighth trial), All American Juvenile winner Jm Specialwynn (10th trial) and Texas Classic Futurity winner Torts On Fire (11th trial).
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