Zia Futurity winner Mr Riptide comes off a powerful trial win to head the iconic Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day, the ultimate day of racing at Ruidoso Downs.
The Labor Day program, closing day of the Ruidoso Downs summer season, also features the $200,000 All American Juvenile, the $143,091 Rio Grande Senor Futurity and the $30,000 Governor’s Handicap.
First post time is noon with free parking and free general admission.
The 440-yard All American Futurity is comprised of the 10 two-year-olds with the five-fastest 440-yard times on each of two days of 440-yard trials. The horses with the next five-fastest times on each day gain preference for the All American Juvenile. There were 13 trials contested on each day.
An interest in Mr Riptide was recently purchased by R.D. Hubbard from Mark and Fay Annette McCloy. Hubbard also bred and owns part of All American Futurity finalist Determined One.
Mr Riptide will be joined in the All American Futurity by the McCloy’s Lil Miss Sashay.
“It’s unbelievable,” Mark McCloy said. “You are lucky to get one in (the All American Futurity) every 10 or 15 years and we have two in one year. I hope that either one wins.
“We had the favorite last year and have the probable favorite (Mr Riptide) this year.”
In last year’s All American Futurity, the McCloy’s Mm Fourinthemorning was the 7-5 favorite and finished fifth.
Mr Riptide is attempting to become the fourth New Mexico-bred to win the All American Futurity and has shown he can handle any competition.
The winner of four of five career starts, Mr Riptide easily defeated New Mexico-bred rivals when he won the $434,200 Zia Futurity by two-and-one-half lengths.
A superbly conformed gelding by Woodbridge, Mr Riptide made his next appearance in the All American Futurity trials and showed he could beat open horses. He battled along the inside portion of the track with My Fast Prize before Mr Riptide pulled away to win by one-half length.
Mr Riptide was timed in :21.681 for 440 yards and it was the quickest mark on the first day of trials. My Fast Prize was clocked in :21.736 for the day’s second fastest time.
Ricky Ramirez rode Mr Riptide and Lil Miss Sashay in the All American Futurity trials and chose to ride Mr Riptide in the All American Futurity. Mr Riptide starts from the inside post position.
Lil Miss Sashay stepped forward in her All American Futurity trial to win by one-and-one-half lengths with the second day’s third-fastest time of :21.745. The daughter of Kiss My Hocks pulled away for her second win from four career starts.
A $30,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale purchase, Lil Miss Sashay had trouble at the start of the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and still managed a fourth-place finish.
Tanner Thedford picked up the mount on Lil Miss Sashay and they start from the fifth post position.
J.J. Gonzales II saddles Mr Riptide and Lil Miss Sashay.
R.D. and Shaun Hubbard’s Determined One came to Ruidoso Downs from Los Alamitos after finishing fourth in the Grade 1, $1,070,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity. Trainer Todd Fincher sent him out in his All American Futurity trial and he responded with a one-and-one-quarter length trial win in :21.859.
Cody Jensen rides Determined One from the third post position.
Df Mischievous Jess Partners’ Df Mischievious Jess also brings Grade 1 class into the All American Futurity. The Jimmy Padgett-trained colt raced to a third-place finish in the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity. He then won his All American Futurity trial by one-and-one-half lengths with a :21.883 time.
Df Mischievious Jess starts from the eighth post position and has Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo aboard.
All American Juvenile
Cavenaugh Quarter Horses, LLC Uncle D stands out in the All American Juvenile after winning the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity and finishing second in the Grade 1, $1,073,100 Heritage Place Futurity.
A son of Corona Cartel and top producer Little Surfer, Uncle D went to the lead in the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity and then humbled his competition by one-and-one-quarter lengths.
The Clint Crawford-trained colt was the 9-5 favorite in the Heritage Place Futurity and finished three quarters of a length behind Uptowne Babe.
Uncle D was a troubled second in his All American Futurity trial and did not record a time quick enough to qualify for the All American Futurity.
Regular rider Cody Rodger Smith rides Uncle D from the ninth post position.
Gentry Farms’ homebred Kiss Thru Fire ran a strong race in her All American Futurity trial. She had trouble at the start, however got rolling and won by one length.
The well-bred daughter of Walk Thru Fire and Fredaville won her Heritage Place Futurity trial in her debut and qualified for the Heritage Place Futurity.
Kiss Thru Fire will be saddled by James J. Gonzales Jr. and the filly starts from the 10th post position under Tanner Thedford.
Rio Grande Senor Futurity
Deck Humor and Shame On Powers, the top-two finishers in the $157,000 Mountain Top Thoroughbred Futurity for New Mexico-breds, are set for a rematch in the five-and-one-half-furlong Rio Grande Senor Futurity for New Mexico-bred colts and geldings.
In the five-furlong Mountain Top Futurity, the Juan Ochoa-ridden Deck Humor and the Miguel Perez-guided Shame On Powers raced side-by-side rounding the turn and battled through the stretch. Deck Humor gained the advantage in deep stretch to win by a neck.
B4 Farms LLC’s Deck Humor, trained by Todd Fincher, has won two of his four career starts.
Jimmy Powers and Rebecca Powers’ Shame On Powers won the $50,000 Ken Kendrick Memorial at SunRay Park back in May for trainer Cliff Lambert.
Ochoa rides Deck Humor from the second post position while Perez will be aboard Shame On Powers with fifth post position.
Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Kram returns to New Mexico after competing in the Grade 3, $100,000 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar to carry high weight of 123 pounds in the Governor’s Handicap for fillies and mares over seven-and-one-half furlongs.
Two starts ago, the Todd Fincher-trained Kram went from gate to wire on the lead to win the $50,000 Dr. O.G. Fischer Memorial Stakes at Sunray Park. The Colonel John daughter drew out to win by five-and-one-quarter lengths over seven furlongs.
Alfredo J. Juarez Jr. rides Kram from the inside post position.