All American Post Positions

Especially Tres draws Post 1, Wicked Courage from Post 3.

By Richard Chamberlain
Q-Racing Journal
August 29, 2013

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Jason Richards assigns Louisana Corona to the 4 post in the All American Derby. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

The horsemen who have qualifiers in the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) and the $2.8 million All American Derby (G1) took another step toward their goal when they picked their post positions at a Ruidoso Downs brunch this morning.

The Derby draw was conducted first, with Louisana Corona winning the first pick. Jason Richards owns the Jess Louisiana Blue filly in partnership with Michael LeBlanc, and assigned Louisana Corona to break from the 4 post. The filly will be ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. riding for trainer Luis Villafranco.

“That’s where G.R. felt most comfortable coming out,” Richards said. “We wanted her to come out next to Wicked Courage. Both horses break out pretty straight, and this filly runs well on the inside. G.R. was adamant about the position, and I wasn’t about to second-guess him. So that was my thought process there, and we feel real good about our position.”

The connections of Wicked Courage, as it happened, had the second pick. Wicked Courage also is trained by Villafranco, who promptly assigned the Captain Courage gelding to the 3 post, immediately inside Louisana Corona.

The complete post positions for the Derby starters and their jockeys, from the inside post out, are:

1  Bon Accord, Rodrigo Aceves;
2  Elisas Secret, Ricky Ramirez;
3  Wicked Courage, Cody Jensen;
4  Louisana Corona, G.R. Carter Jr.;
5  Vancouver Moon, Jaime Parga Leos;
6  Tayte Me Down, Jose Amador Alvarez;
7  Feature Hero, Jimmy Dean Brooks;
8  Wonderboy, Roberto Valero;
9  Point Break Dash, Ramon Sanchez;
10  The Magic Dash, Roy Baldillez

The Futurity draw was next. Wagon Full Of Gold won the first pick, and co-owner Ezra Lee assigned the PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding to the 2 post. Lee bred Wagon Full Of Gold in partnership with cousin Toby Dahl, and now shares ownership with Melvin Neugebauer and Jill Giles, the wife of trainer Wes Giles. Wagon Full Of Gold will be ridden by Jay Conklin.

“The colt’s last two starts were from the 2 hole,” Lee said. “Wagon Full Of Gold drew the 2 hole in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials, and he qualified for the (Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational, R). We chose not to run him back in the Juvenile, and then he had the 2 hole for the All American trials. So this was a joint decision between us owners, the jockey and the trainer. We decided not to try to fix something that’s already worked.”

The complete post positions for the Futurity starters and their jockeys, from the inside post out, are:

1  Especially Tres, Ricky Ramirez;
2  Wagon Full Of Gold, Jay Conklin;
3  Handsome Jack Flash, Jaime Parga Leos;
4  Houdini, Cody Jensen;
5  Fatal Policy, Roy Baldillez;
6  Skuze Pleeze, G.R. Carter Jr;
7  Hes Relentless, Cody Rodger Smith;
8  You N How Many More, Tanner Thedford;
9  Reagal Eagle, Larry Gamez;
10  Wagon Tales, Rodrigo Vallejo, 10.

In the All American Futurity’s history, post 9 was most frequently the winning gate at 17 percent. The horses emerging from posts 7-9 have won 41 percent of the time.

In the All American Derby, horses from post 6 have won 21 percent of the time. No horses have ever won the Derby from the 5 or 8 posts.

The All American Futurity and Derby are September 1-2 at Ruidoso Downs in Ruidoso, New Mexico. Extended coverage of the All American weekend is provided by the
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