All American Futurity
All American Futurity
Prior to September 5, Jeff D. Jones and Steve A. Holt’s Hes Judgeandjury had proven a bridesmaid in the Ruidoso Triple Crown races – the Hes Relentless gelding showed up consistently, being one of two horses in the All American Futurity (G1) field who had qualified to and contested the prior two races, the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities. He had finished third and fifth respectively in those races.
But on the biggest stage in American Quarter Horse racing, Hes Judgeandjury stormed home to win the 440-yard classic, $2,925,000 All American Futurity (G1) by a neck in :21.192.
James Flores, who picked up the mount for the final, was in the saddle for trainer Heath Taylor, and guided the horse from Post 6 to take the lead in mid-stretch and hang on over a steady bid from race favorite Sicario V.
“I felt the key was getting my horse to relax in the warm-up before the race,” Flores said. “I got him away from the pony horse and just let him be himself so that when he was moving into the starting gate he was loose and ready to run a big race.”
Flores won the All American Futurity in 2019 aboard Mr Jess Jenkins, and has ridden the earners of more than $19.7 million in his career. Taylor won the All American Futurity in 2008 with Stolis Winner and has trained the earners of more than $36.6 million.
Hes Judgeandjury was bred by his owners, and is a half-brother to champion Empressum, who recently won the Go Man Go Handicap (G1). Both horses are out of the First Down Dash mare Crazy Down Corona. The mare was bred by Holt, and was a Grade 1 competitor during her racing career. She won two of six career starts and earned $73,162 before moving to her broodmare career.
Hes Relentless is a champion who earned $616,380 in his racing career, including a seventh-place finish in the 2013 All American Futurity. From four crops to race, he has sired the earners of more than $9.6 million.
Hes Judgeandjury earned a first-place check worth $1,492,347. His record now stands at four wins from six starts, with earnings of $1,666,747.
Following Sicario V across the line was Chasing AJ, Doing Something Good, Orbyson, KJ Leader Ofthe Pack, JP General, Curls Joyful Wagon and Paige. The race’s fastest qualifier, Jes An Angel, was a steward scratch.
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