All American Futurity Qualifier: Lethal Volcom

Bay gelding, Volcom-Lethal Delight by Dean Miracle

Race Record: 4-0-1-0 $1,040
Breeder: P.K. Thomas
Owner: Martin Ybarra
Trainer: Victor Rodriguez-Flores
Qualifying Jockey: Manuel Gutierrez
Qualifying Time: :21.654      

Race Record: Two horses qualified from the 11th race on the second day of trials to the All American Futurity (G1). With Manuel Gutierrez in the irons for trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores, Lethal Volcom finished second by a half-length to Hatefulist, who recorded the day’s second-fastest time. Lethal Volcom clocked the day’s fifth-fastest time of :21.654.

Still a maiden, Lethal Volcom is the least experienced qualifier to the All American. The bay gelding by Volcom lit the board in his first start, a May 23 trial to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). However, he next finished back in eighth in the July 3 trials to the Rainbow Futurity (G1), where he finished more than seven lengths off the pace of Tres Friends, the eventual winner of the $1 million final. Lethal Volcom came into the All American trials after breaking slow and drifting out before finishing 10th and last in a July 19 maiden race at Ruidoso Downs.

Breeder: AQHA 30-year breeder P.K. Thomas of Weatherford, Texas, has found a magic cross between Volcom and Lethal Delight by Dean Miracle. With this cross, Thomas bred and raised JM Miracle, winner of the 2014 All American Futurity.

Since 1992, Thomas has raised earners of nearly $3.8 million, with 145 winners and 16 stakes winners out of 950 starters.

Owner: Martin Ybarra owns five starters who have earned $18,021 to date. In addition to Lethal Volcom, Ybarra’s silks will also be seen on All American weekend on All American Derby qualifier Dynazip. Ybarra is from Fort Stockton, Texas.

Trainer: Victor Rodriguez-Flores has trained the earners of nearly $400,000 since 2011, including Restricted Grade 1 winner Little Bit Southern and Grade 2 winner Captain Strawfly. In addition to Lethal Volcom in the All American Futurity, trainer Victor Rodriguez-Flores also conditioned Dynazip and Mad About The Moon this year to All American Derby qualifications.

Jockey: Jockey Manuel Gutierrez's mounts have earned more than $1.4 million since he began riding in 2005. He also guided Undivided Atemption to win the 2015 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3) and Dash Master Jess to win the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G2) in 2014. He also rode All American Derby qualifiers Mad About The Moon, Dynazip and Bringin The Gray.

Lethal Volcom was bred by P.K. Thomas of the Circle T Ranch at Weatherford, Texas. Lethal Volcom is one of 109 starters by Volcom, a 12-year-old son of First Down Dash out of the winning Runaway Winner mare Runaway Vike ($8,898), who has produced 14 winners and the earners of more than $760,000 from 18 starters. Volcom’s second dam is the Grade 1-winning Racin Free mare Miss Racy Vike ($263,661), dam of champion Miss Racy Jess ($485,113, by Mr Jess Perry), stakes winner Miss Racy Eyes ($133,195, by Mr Eye Opener), 17 other winners and the earners of more than $1.2 million from 27 starters. A full brother to the Grade 1-placed Dashing Vike ($142,432) and other stakes-placed sprinters Hi Tori ($40,326) and JA Call Collect ($47,868), Volcom is a Grade 1-winning earner of $430,433.

From five crops raced, the stallion has sired seven stakes winners, 54 other winners and the earners of more than $3.3 million, including Lethal Volcom’s full brother JM Miracle ($1,466,160), who won last year’s All American Futurity. Owned by P.K. Thomas, Volcom stands at Dr. Steve Fisch’s AVS Equine Hospital at Tallahassee, Florida.

Lethal Volcom is one of 12 starters out of the stakes-winning Dean Miracle mare Lethal Delight ($453,701), who won the 2009 Shue Fly Stakes (RG1) at Sunland Park and placed in five other stakes, including the Grade 1 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park and Southwest Juvenile Championship at Zia Park. The dam of JM Miracle, Lethal Delight has produced eight winners and the earners of more than $1.6 million, including the stakes-winning Lethal Express ($31,564), who won last year’s Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational (R).