Uncle D, winner of the $1 million Rainbow Futurity earlier this summer at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, takes his turn in the 7th race as number-seven in the All American Futurity Trials this weekend for Cavenaugh Racing and the Clinton Crawford training barn.
“He’s been eating everything you put in front of him,” the colt’s owner Fran Cavenaugh said today. “We give him all the alfalfa he can eat and he goes through a ton of it every day. He’s growing like a weed.”
Cavenaugh is a regular in the Crawford barn having spent the summer working with her trainer along with assistant trainer Rene Wilson. This is Fran and Don Cavenaugh’s first attempt at entering quarter horses in the trials and winning the All American Futurity.
“We purchased some very nice horses at the yearling sales,” Cavenaugh said. “This guy has become like a son to us—he’s extremely smart and so willing to please. We’re very thankful and blessed that he’s come into our lives.”
Uncle D got his name from his breeder Keith Nielson of McColee Land and Livestock Company. Nielson has a favorite uncle named Dwayne that he named the colt after when he was born. Uncle D only has one blemish on his career record of four starts, which was a second-place finish in the Heritage Place Futurity at Remington Park. His earnings are nearly $600,000 going into the All American trials.
“We purchased him with the idea to using his bloodlines in our new breeding operation in Oklahoma,” Cavenaugh said. “Right now we’re having so much fun as part of a new venture of our lives.”
The Cavenaugh family are well-known in Arkansas having owned several large car dealerships in the state. Along with fast racehorses, Fran apparently likes to go fast herself. “I drive a Viper, so I have to be fairly careful about speeding tickets whenever I travel from Arkansas to New Mexico,” she said.