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All American Futurity Features Deep Field

All American field features a gate full of top horses.

Q-Racing Journal
August 27, 2013

Jim Pitts’ undefeated Sam Houston Futurity (G2) winner Especially Tres and Heritage Place Futurity (G1) runner-up Hes Relentless head a superbly deep field in the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) on Monday at Ruidoso Downs.

The $2.6 million purse for the 440-yard classic is an all-time record for the stakes and distributes the largest purse of any 2-year-old horse race in North America.

For the first time this year, the All American Futurity trials were held over two days, with the horses racing to the five-fastest times on each day reaching the finals and the opportunity to race for the record $1.3 million winner’s share. The total of 28 trials, 14 on each day, is an all-time record. There were 26 trials held on one day in 2011-12.

Especially Tres (Dashair-Delightfully Tres by Tres Seis) pushed her record to four-for-four when she dominated her All American Futurity trial by a stunning 3¼ lengths. Her time of :21.191 was the second-fastest time behind Hes Relentless on the first day of trials.

From the deep Blane Wood stable, Especially Tres has won her four races by an amazing combined 10½ lengths. She won the Sam Houston Futurity by 1½ lengths and then came to Ruidoso Downs. In her local debut, she moved to the top of the list of All American Futurity prospects when she nearly broke the 350-yard track record while winning by 3 lengths.

Hes Relentless (One Famous Eagle-This Dreams Flying by Strawfly Special) was supplemented to the All American Futurity trials for $50,000 after owner Tom Maher sold half-interest in the colt to R.D. Hubbard and Johnny Cope.

Trained by Amber Blair, Hes Relentless was second by a neck in the $910,260 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) for the only blemish on his record from four career starts. The strapping colt was brought to Ruidoso Downs after that runner-up effort on June 1. He powered his way to a half-length win in his trial. His time of :21.021 topped the first-day qualifiers.

Leading the second-day qualifiers and posting the overall fastest time was JNB Enterprises’ Wagon Tales (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Signs Zoomer by Shazoom), who raced to a length trial win in :21.021. The Judd Kearl-trained colt won the Remington Park Juvenile (R) and then was third, beaten by a half-length, in the Heritage Place Futurity before being pointed at the All American Futurity trials.

Other horses in the very deep All American Futurity include $409,434 Zia Futurity (RG1) winner Handsome Jack Flash, $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) runner-up Houdini, $750,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) second-place finisher You N How Many More, Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) winner Skuze Pleeze and Reagal Eagle, who was the fastest qualifier on the first day of trials to the $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1).

The All American Futurity will be televised live by TVG, or can be viewed live and for free on Q-Racing Video at www.qracingvideo.com.