Reigning champions Flash and Roll and Flying Cowboy 123 racing in the Grade 1, $1,550,855 All American Derby head a sensational racing program on Sunday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The 440-yard All American Derby presents the largest purse of any derby in quarter horse racing and also awards the winner with an invitation to the Grade 1, $600,000 Champion of Champions on December 14 at Los Alamitos.
First post time is noon.
There is always free parking and free general admission,
Supporting the All American Derby on Sunday will be the Grade 1, $200,000 All American Gold Cup, the $100,000 First Down Dash, $123,165 Rio Grande Senorita Futurity and the $30,000 Billy the Kid Handicap.
The iconic All American Derby always presents the highest quality field and this year continues that tradition with champions Flash and Roll and Flying Cowboy 123.
Scott Bryant’s Flash and Roll, a $200,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, was honored as the 2018 champion two-year-old and champion two-year-old filly after a stunning fall campaign at Los Alamitos Race Course in southern California.
Flash and Roll won the Grade 1, $977,000 Golden State Million Futurity by one-half length and then won the Grade 1, $1,878,000 Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity by one-half length go wrap up her championships.
Trained by Mike Joiner, Flash and Roll had a six-race winning streak end when she ran an unexpected fifth in her Rainbow Derby trial, however came back to her championship form with a scintillating All American Derby trial win. The First Moonflash daughter pulled away to win by two-and-one-quarter lengths with the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :21.457.
“She’s doing well,” Joiner said. “We’ve just walked her since the trials and stood her in the gate. She’s blooming.”
Flash and Roll starts from the sixth post position and will have Raul Ramirez Jr. aboard.
Paragon Farm’s Flying Cowboy 123 was honored as the 2018 champion two-year-old colt after he won the Grade 1, $1,018,077 Texas Classic Futurity in November to close out his two-year-old season. He also was moved up to second place in the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity.
A $100,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, Flying Cowboy 123 returned this summer at Ruidoso Downs to finish fourth as the favorite in the Grade 1, $958,800 Ruidoso Derby and dominated his All American Derby trial.
Flying Cowboy 123, a half-brother to world champion Cold Cash 123, romped to a two-and-three-quarter-length All American Derby trial win. He pulled away from his rivals as the 3-5 favorite and posted the third-fastest qualifying time of :21.299 for the 440 yards.
Tanner Thedford rides Flying Cowboy 123 and they start from the ninth post position.
Fastest-qualifier honors went to Rogelio Marquez Jr.’s American Hussle, who won his maiden while taking his trial with a :21.137 time. The Apollitical Jess son dominated the trial by two-and-three-quarter lengths for trainer Marcos Carrizales.
American Hustle will have James Flores aboard with the eighth post position.
All American Gold Cup
MJR Investments Ltd’s Wagon Chick V and New News, owned by Elco Armendariz and Omar Ruiz Jr., finished a very close first and second in the Grade 2, $50,000 Mr Jet Moore Handicap at 400 yards on August 3 and are set for a rematch over 440 yards in the All American Gold Cup.
In the Mr Jet Moore raced over a muddy track, Wagon Chick V and New News raced side-by-side with Wagon Chick V getting the nod at the finish line by a nose.
A daughter of Pyc Paint Your Wagon, Wagon Chick V scored a one-half length conditioned allowance race victory on July 21 at Ruidoso Downs.
The Clint Crawford-trained Wagon Chick V finished fourth in last year’s Grade 1, $1,238,655 All American Derby at 440 yards.
Wagon Chick V starts from the second post position with Juan Pulido aboard.
Last spring, New News was the fastest qualifier to the Grade 3, $210,852 West Texas Derby at Sunland Park and returned to win the derby by a neck as the odds-on favorite. The gelding by Majestic Cartel won his maiden in his start before his West Texas Derby trial.
Trainer Ricardo Armendariz will have Manuel Gutierrez ride New News with the eighth post position.
Valeriano Racing Stables’ Hold Air Hostage has proven Grade 1 success at Ruidoso Downs at 440 yards.
Back in 2017, Hold Air Hostage won the Grade 1, $1,150,000 Rainbow Derby and the Grade 1, $1,366,000 All American Derby on his way to being honored as champion three-year-old and champion three-year-old gelding.
A gelding by Apollitical Jess, Hold Air Hostage is making his first start since a fourth-place run in the Grade 1, $250,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship back in November at Los Alamitos. He posted second-place finishes in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship and the Grade 3, $50,000 Bank of America Los Alamitos Challenge last year.
Jessie Lee Levario rides Hold Air Hostage for trainer Jorge Valenzuela with the fourth post position.
Kelly Perez’s homebred Mi Amor Secreto comes off a second-place finish in the Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Invitational Championship at 23-1 odds. The gelding by The Louisiana Cartel also raced to runner-up finishes at Remington Park in the $68,442 Bank of America Remington Park Challenge and the $50,000 Eastex Stakes.
Trainer Marco Carrizales named Jose Amador Alvarez to ride Mi Amor Secreto with the seventh post position.
First Down Dash
Dean Frey and Downtime Enterprises LLC’s Danjer brings his consistent, class-filled resume into the 440-yard First Down Dash for three-year-olds who did not qualify for the All American Derby.
Danjer was second to champion and All American Futurity winner Apocalyptical Jess in the Grade 1, $958,800 Ruidoso Derby in June and then was pointed at the All American Derby trials.
The Frey-trained Danjer finished second as the 2-5 favorite in his All American Derby trial to 22-1 longshot Pj Splash of Joy, who is also racing in the First Down Dash.
Danjer showed his ability a year ago when he won the $200,000 All American Juvenile by a dominating two-and-one-half lengths. The Fdd Dynasty-sired gelding closed out his two-year-old campaign with a close third-place finish behind Flying Cowboy 123 in the Grade 1, $1,018,077 Texas Classic Futurity.
Cody Jensen rides Danjer with the seventh post position.
Joe Rios’ Fantastic Feature Jr was second in his All American Derby trial to All American Derby fastest-qualifier American Hussle. Fantastic Feature Jr was timed in :21.531 for the top time for the horses in the First Down Dash.
Trainer Juan Gonzalez will have Jaime Parga Leos ride Fantastic Feature Jr from the second post position.
Rio Grande Senorita Futurity
R.D. Hubbard and Paul Blanchard’s Two Stepper tries for her third win from as many starts when she goes postward as one of six fillies from the Todd Fincher stable in the five-and-one-half furlong Rio Grande Senorita Futurity for New Mexico-breds.
A daughter of Atilla’s Storm bred by Hubbard, Two Stepper came from well off the pace to win her Senorita Futurity trial by three quarters of a length over a sloppy track.
Roimes Chirinos has ridden Two Stepper in each of her starts and gets the call with the fourth post position.
The remaining qualifiers trained by Fincher are Say Hello To Heat, Blue Blazes Who, Red or Green, Abbie’s Way and Nobody Knows Who.
Billy The Kid Handicap
Champion Racing Stable’s Wilmas Irish Rover has had an excellent summer at Ruidoso Downs and leads the Billy The Kid Handicap over one mile.
Wilmas Irish Rover has started three times during the meet with a pair of allowance wins and finishing second by a neck in the $30,000 Ruidoso Sprint Handicap. The Casey Lambert-trained gelding showed he can handle two turns in his most recent start when he took a seven-and-one-half furlong allowance race by eight-and-one-half lengths.
Isaias D. Enriquez rides Wilmas Irish Rover from the seventh post position.
R.D. Hubbard’s homebred Go for a Stroll made a four-wide bid in the $50,000 Land of Enchantment Stakes at seven-and-one-half furlongs on July 28, however came up two-and-one-half lengths short at the finish and settled for second place.
Trainer Todd Fincher will have Roimes Chirinos ride Go for a Stroll with the fourth post position.