Race Record: 4-2-1-1 $6,185
Breeder: Joe Kirk Fulton (TX)
Owner: Jimmy and Marilyn Harrel
Trainer: Paul Jones
Qualifying Jockey: Ramon Sanchez
Qualifying Time: :21.385 (Trial 21)
Race Record: In trial 21, Aha Moment finished in a dead heat with BP Cartels Alibi. The son of All American Futurity stakes record holder No Secrets Here, Aha Moment was a $29,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
Breeder: In more than 50 consecutive years of breeding, American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame member Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas, in his own name has bred more than 2,000 Quarter Horses, including such standouts as racing world champions Dashs Dream ($1,119,610) and Special Leader ($292,605), and Peppy San Badger, the famed “Little Peppy” that won the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity and is in both the American Quarter Horse and NCHA halls of fame. The third-all-time leading breeder of racing Quarter Horses, Fulton has been represented by 74 stakes winners and the earners of more than $17.1 million. He bases his horse operation at Fulton Quien Sabe Stonewall Ranch near Stonewall, Texas.
Owners: Longtime Quarter Horse owner/breeders Jimmy and Marilyn Harrel live at Weatherford, Oklahoma. The Harrels purchased Aha Moment $29,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
Trainer: The all-time leading trainer in Quarter Horse racing, Paul Jones has sent out 3,422 winners and the earners of more than $66.1 million from 18,317 starts. Jones won the All American Futurity with champion Teller Cartel (2005), No Secrets Here (2006) and champion Runnning Brook Gal (2009). Teller Cartel and No Secrets Here were ridden by Cody Jensen, and Ramon Sanchez rode Runnning Brook Gal.
Qualifying Jockey: Paul Jones put Ramon Sanchez aboard champion Runnning Brook Gal to win the 2009 All American Futurity. Since 1999, Sanchez has ridden the winners of 1,591 races and the earners of more than $30.1 million from 8.982 races. Last year, Sanchez won Grade 1 races aboard Llano Teller in the All American Derby; I Like The Odds in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity; Separate Fire in the Ed Burke Million and Kindergarten futurities; Favorite Cartel in the Bank of America Challenge Championship; Feature Honor in the Adequan Derby Challenge Championship; and Stylish Jess BR in the Charger Bar Handicap.
Pedigree: Aha Moment is by freshman sire and All American Futurity winner No Secrets Here ($1,637,095). The 8-year-old son of First Down Dash was Grade 1-placed in the Ed Burke Million Futurity, Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity, Los Alamitos Super Derby, Los Alamitos Winter Championship and Go Man Go Handicap.
The colt is one of four starters, all winners, out of Harrah’s Entertainment Derby (G2) winner Thrill And Grace ($142,178). Thrill And Grace is out of the stakes-winning Easily Smashed mare Dela Creme Smash ($123,267), who from 17 starters has produced 12 winners and the earners of $657,869, including Grade 1 winner Victory Defined ($177,495, by Victory Dash).
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