RUIDOSO DOWNS, New Mexico (August 8, 2014) – Ruidoso Futurity winner Kiss My Hocks and Rainbow Futurity winner Trendi head the exceptionally deep two days of trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on Thursday and Friday.
First post time for each day is 1 p.m.
The All American Futurity has the largest purse of any two-year-old race in North America.
There will be 14 440-yard trials on each day with the five-fastest qualifiers from each day advancing to the 440-yard All American Futurity on Labor Day. A total of 280 two-year-olds were entered in the trials. Those numbers are identical to last year.
Conda Maze and Tyler Graham’s Kiss My Hocks is the top-ranked two-year-old in the weekly AQHA Racing-Horseplayer.com national poll while William Smith’s Trendi checks in as the third-ranked juvenile.
Kiss My Hocks won his first five starts, including two futurities, to reach the top of the national poll and then finished second to Trendi in the Rainbow Futurity, yet still maintained the leading position.
From the hot Toby Keeton barn, which won last Sunday’s Mr Jet Moore Handicap with Jody Pops Zoomer, Kiss My Hocks has been a force since his career debut back in March and has been the strong favorite in each of his starts. He set a Sam Houston Race Park track record for 330 yards while winning that debut in his Sam Houston Futurity trial. He then pulled away to a one-half length win in the Grade 2, $563,950 Sam Houston Futurity.
Keeton brought the son of Tempting Dash to Ruidoso Downs and he continued to dominate. He won his trial to the Grade 1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity by three lengths with the day’s fastest time. He easily won the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity by one-half length and then there was little doubt who was the premier two-year-old quarter horse.
Kiss My Hocks, who was the first of the 280 horses entered in the All American trials, pushed his winning streak to five races when he won his trial to the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity by three-and-one-half lengths and, once again, raced to day’s top time. His winning streak ended when he finished second by a neck to Trendi in the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity.
Cody Jensen, who has been up for each of his Ruidoso starts, has the mount with the eighth post position in Friday’s eighth trial.
Trendi is trying to follow a similar path as her full brother Stolis Winner. In 2008, Stolis Winner won the Rainbow Futurity and then the All American Futurity on his way to being named world champion as a two-year-old.
The Wes Giles-trained Trendi won her first two starts and then stumbled at the start of her Rainbow Futurity trial, but got up and unleashed a charge to finish second and earn a spot in the Rainbow Futurity.
Overlooked at 44-1 odds in the Rainbow Futurity, the daughter Stoli got an excellent start under jockey Larry Gamez and was able to hold off Kiss My Hocks, who had a troubled start, and win by a neck.
Gamez will be up on Trendi with the inside post position in the second trial on Thursday.
Two horses who found success this spring at Remington Park – Im A Fancy PYC and Bv Travelin Soldier – have been supplemented to gain eligibility to the All American Futurity trials at a cost of $50,000 for each horse.
Dustin Cox’s Im A Fancy PYC, the seventh-ranked horse in the national poll, won his first four starts, highlighted by the Restricted Grade 3, $791,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity, before finishing off the board in the Heritage Place Futurity during a troubled trip. The son of PYC Paint Your Wagon broke in at start of the Oklahoma-bred Futurity and then fought to a game head win in a blanket finish. There was a head and two noses separating the top-four finishers.
Trainer Paul Jones has G. R. Carter Jr. on Im A Fancy PYC with the outside post position in Thursday’s 11th trial.
Bella Vista Farms’ homebred Bv Travelin Soldier, a son of Corona Cartel, makes his first start since finishing a late-running second in the Grade 1, $1 million Heritage Place Futurity. Lovethewayyoulie sprinted to the lead in the Heritage Place Futurity and just held off the Eddie Willis-trained Bv Travelin Soldier by a nose.
Russel Hadley rides Bv Travelin Soldier from the ninth post position in Friday’s 11th trial.
The third supplemental nominee is Jimmy Negrete and Jimmy Vasquez’s Girlonthego, winner of the Restricted Grade 1, $392,253 Zia Futurity over New Mexico-breds at Ruidoso Downs. Last year, champion Handsome Jack Flash won the Zia Futurity and then won the All American Futurity.
Girlonthego is three-for-three at Ruidoso Downs. The Man On The Move daughter was a non-qualifying winner on her Mountain Top Futurity trial and then raced to a late-running head win in her Zia Futurity trial. She battled to a head win in a very tight Zia Futurity in her latest start.
Jaime Parga Leos rides Girlonthego with the third post position in the 12th trial on Thursday.
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