By Q-Racing JournalThe American Quarter Horse AssociationSeptember 1, 2014
JM Miracle wins the All American Futurity. PHOTO: Gay Harris
It was a miracle in the All American Futurity (G1) – specifically JM Miracle, who took the prestigious $2.6 million race on September 1 at Ruidoso Downs.
The dark brown gelding by Volcom was ridden from Post 3 by veteran rider Ramon Sanchez. Racing cleanly, the horse powered over the 440 yards to win by a half length in :21.380.
JM Miracle was trained by Umberto Belloc for Javier and Elsa Marquez’s J & M Racing and Farm at Monahans, Texas. The Marquezes purchased JM Miracle (then named Volcom Express) for $40,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
The ultra-consistent gelding has now made six starts, all in the trials and finals of Ruidoso’s freshman triple crown. He won his Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial, then was second in the $700,000 final to Kiss My Hocks. He returned to win his Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial, then was eighth after a poor break in the $900,000 final. He bounced right back to win his All American Futurity trial, one of four horses qualified by G.R. Carter Jr.
New Mexico-bred Mad About The Moon - a $5,000 purchase last year - was second in the All American Futurity, followed by Sam Crow, Apollitical Blood, Bodacious Eagle, Exquisite Stride, Tempting Destiny, Thunderball B and This Snow Is Cold. Im A Fancy PYC was scratched.
Jockey Ramon Sanchez picked up the mount when Carter chose to ride Tempting Destiny in the final. Sanchez most recently saw the All American Futurity winner’s circle in 2012, when he guided One Dashing Eagle to win the race on the way to becoming the sport’s world champion. He also rode Runnning Brook Gal to victory in 2009.
In only his fourth year of training, Umberto Belloc notched his second stakes win in the All American Futurity. He also trained This Fire Is Cold. Two races earlier, he sent out JM Specialwynn for the same connections to take the $100,000 All American Juvenile.
With the $1.3 million winner’s purse, JM Miracle pushes his career earnings to $1,462,000.
Breeder P.K. Thomas also owns JM Miracle’s sire Volcom, and bred and raced both his dam and second dam.
JM Miracle is one of 47 winners and the earners of more than $2.5 million from 80 starters sired by Volcom, a Grade 1-winning earner of $430,433. An 11-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash, Volcom is one of 12 winners from 15 starters out of the winning Runaway Winner mare Runaway Vike. Volcom stands at AVS Equine Hospital in Tallahassee, Florida.
JM Miracle is one of six winners out of Lethal Delight. A $453,701-earning daughter of Dean Miracle, Lethal Delight is a half sister to 2011 All American Futurity fifth-place finisher Lethal Volt.
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