Press ReleaseAugust 15, 2014
D&S Racing LLC’s Exquisite Stride made just his second career start the most promising of efforts when he raced to the fastest qualifying time during the second day of trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on Friday afternoon at Ruidoso Downs.
The 2-year-olds with the five fastest times from Friday’s 14 440-yard trials join the horses with the five fastest times from Thursday’s 14 trials in the 440-yard All American Futurity on Labor Day. The winner receives $1.3 million, the largest winner’s share in American Quarter Horse racing. The All American Futurity offers the largest purse of any 2-year-old race in North America regardless of breed.
Exquisite Stride started in the second trial and put up a :21.313 mark for the quarter mile that held up throughout the afternoon.
“In his Rainbow Futurity trial (his only other start) he didn’t break and had to go around horses,” said jockey Jimmy Dean Brooks.
The son of Carters Cartel won the trial by a nose but did not qualify for the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity.
Exquisite Stride also did not have the best of starts in his All American Futurity trial. He was forced out and bumped at the start.
“If we can just get him to break, but he is improving,” said Brooks.
While his starts are a work in progress, Exquisite Stride lives up to his name once he gets rolling. The Eddie Willis-trained colt devours ground with long, powerful strides that enable him to overcome his mistakes while competing in trials to classic Grade 1 races.
Second-fastest qualifier Apollitical Blood has the advantage of Grade 1 stakes experience. He won his trial by drawing out to a 2 ½-length victory and stopped the clock in :21.388 with Raul Valenzuela aboard.
In his start before his All American trial score, the Juan Aleman-trained colt finished fifth in the Grade 1, $985,000 Ed Burke Memorial Futurity at Los Alamitos. He was the fifth-fastest qualifier to the 350-yard Ed Burke Futurity with a :17.651 time while winning his trial and his maiden by one-half length. The Ed Burke trial was his second start after finishing a close third in a Los Alamitos maiden race.
Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle is one of two horses who has qualified for all three Grade 1 futurities this summer at Ruidoso Downs. The other horse is JM Miracle, who qualified on Thursday afternoon.
Bodacious Eagle, a son of One Famous Eagle, finished third in the Grade1, $700,000 Ruidoso Futurity and fourth in the Grade 1, $900,000 Rainbow Futurity. The Oklahoma-bred raced the 440 yards in 21.436 in his All American Futurity trial and nosed out fifth-fastest qualifier Mad About The Moon, who was clocked in :21.442. Mad About The Moon was $5,000 purchase out of the New Mexico-bred sale at Ruidoso Downs.
2014 All American Futurity Trials Fastest Qualifiers
Thursday, 8/14/14 Day 1
Horse/Trial # Trainer Jockey Wind Time
Thunderball B/14 Mike Joiner G.R. Carter Jr. 2t :21.336
Im a Fancy Pyc/11 Paul Jones G.R. Carter Jr. 2h :21.337
Sam Crow/9 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 3h :21.487
Jm Miracle/12 Umberto Belloc G.R. Carter Jr. 2h :21.497
Tempting Destiny/10 Mike Joiner G.R. Carter Jr. 10h :21.529
Friday, 8/15/14 Day 2
Exquisite Stride/2 Eddie D. Willis Jimmy D Brooks 5t :21.313
Apollitical Blood/10 Juan Aleman Raul A Valenzuela 2c :21.388
This Fire Is Cold/13 Umberto Belloc Esgar Ramirez 0 :21.431
Bodacious Eagle/7 Blane Wood Ricky Ramirez 10c :21.438
Mad About the Moon/7 Gene Burden Sergio Becerra Jr. 10c :21.442
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