All American Derby Qualifier: J Bar

Bay gelding, Jess Zoomin-The Jubilee Diamond by Runaway Winner

Race Record: 8-5-1-1 $95,734
Jerry Windham
Michael Joiner
Qualifying jockey:
G.R. Carter Jr.
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Race record: J Bar won the fourth trial by a half-length with the fourth-fastest time of :21.309. The gelding made his stakes debut in the July 9 Rainbow Derby (G1) but finished fifth after a troubled start.

As a 2-year-old, J Bar qualified to the John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3) and the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1), and returned this season to qualify for the June 28 Adequan Ruidoso Derby Challenge, but was scratched from all three finals.

Pedigree: J Bar is one of 24 winners and the earners of more than $612,000 from 59 starters in two crops raced by the 8-year-old Shazoom stallion Jess Zoomin, who in Grade 1 races was second in the Heritage Place and Texas Classic futurities and third in the All American Futurity and The Championship At Sunland Park. Bred by Jerry Windham, the earner of $461,126 also set a Remington Park track record at 350 yards when he won his Heritage trial by 3 lengths in :17.32.

Jess Zoomin is one of six winners and the earners of more than $708,000 from eight starters out of Jess An Illusion ($10,041), a winning daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry and Jerry Windham’s champion Beduino (TB) mare Indigo Illusion ($867,417). Jess Zoomin is a full brother to Sam Houston Derby (G3) winner Mister Big ($149,314), who ran in champion Kates Dynasty’s Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

J Bar is one of 11 winners from 14 starters out of the winning Runaway Winner mare The Jubilee Diamond ($12,570), whose dam is the champion Timeto Thinkrich mare Denim N Diamonds ($731,118). The Jubilee Diamond has produced the earners of more than $972,000, including the Holland Ease-sired stakes winners Winners Version ($399,046); Latest Version ($188,381), who qualified for By By JJ’s All American Futurity (G1); and Texas Version ($128,230).

Owner/Breeder: Jerry Windham is a former president of the American Quarter Horse Association who raises racehorses on his ranch at Snook, Texas, just west of College Station, and beef cattle on his ranch at Hamilton. He has bred 960 American Quarter Horses since 1977, including champions Kate Dynasty, two other champions, 59 other stakes winners, 389 other winners and the earners of more than $17.9 million from 664 starters. In partnership with Billy Smith and Pat Guthrie, Windham owns Kates Dynasty, who also qualified to the All American Derby by winning the ninth trial.

Trainer: Mike Joiner sent out G.R. Carter on Jerry Windham’s homebred gelding J Bar to win the fourth trial and on the Windham-bred champion Kates Dynasty to win the ninth trial. Joiner also qualified Thunderball B and Tempting Destiny to this year’s All American Futurity (G1).

A top-10 all-time leading trainer, Michael W. “Mike” Joiner has conditioned the earners of more than $18.1 million, including champion FDD Dynasty, who sired champion Kates Dynasty. Joiner went into the trials having sent out the winners of 611 races from 3,640 starters. Joiner works hand in hand with his son Cody, who also is one of the sport’s leading trainers and has conditioned the earners of more than $2.17 million.

Jockey: G.R. Carter and Mike Joiner qualified Jerry Windham’s homebred J Bar in the fourth trial and the Windham-bred champion Kates Dynasty in the ninth trial.

The all-time leading jockey in American Quarter Horse racing, Carter rode champion Dashing Perfection to win the 1997 All American Derby and qualified three of the four-fastest qualifiers to this year’s Derby: Big Dashing Perry, Kates Dynasty and J Bar. The 10-time AQHA champion jockey is the all-time leader by money, having ridden the earners of more than $65.8 million, and by wins, having gone into the trials with scores aboard 3,663 winners from 23,141 starts. He has won the All American Futurity (G1) twice, on Falling In Loveagain in 1998 and on world champion Stolis Winner in 2008, and qualified four horses to this year’s Futurity: Thunderball B, Im A Fancy PYC, JM Miracle and Tempting Destiny.