All American Futurity
All American Futurity
Jose Ernesto Guzman and Rito Sosa’s Mr Jess Jenkins outran his 13-1 odds in the $3 million All American Futurity (G1), sailing home in the 440-yard race to win by a neck on September 2 at Ruidoso Downs.
Ridden by James Flores, the gelding broke well from Post 7, with plenty of running room, he got rolling by the second call and held on to win in :21.302.
Flores chose to ride this horse after having multiple qualifiers.
"He gave me 120 percent," Flores said. "It was a horse race. (We had a) clean trip, clean trip. He broke out in front. I could tell the horses on the inside were running to us, and I asked the horse for more run, he gave it to me; more run, he gave me more run. I rode the horse like that all the way, from gate to wire. Those other horses run their butts off, too – it was a good horse race."
He said he has known the horse for awhile, and rode the horse this spring.
"I told Marcos (Carrizales, the trainer) this might not be the one right now, but he’ll be the one down the road," Flores said. "He hadn’t shown much, and Marcos asked me was I sure and I told him just wait, he’ll come around."
Favorite Mister Riptide, on the inside, and Determined One from Post 3 hooked up right out of the gate, as Passionate Paris in Post 2 broke a step slow. The two favorites in the race dueled throughout the race, but were unable to get past the winner and finished second and third.
Lil Miss Sashay was fourth, followed by My Fast Prize, Gonna B Famous, Passionate Paris, Avyator, Elm Creek Khrome and DF Mischivious Jess.
"(Mr Jess Jenkins is) calm, he likes to go nice and relaxed," said Carrizales. "He’s an amazing horse. He’s a nice horse to have in the barn. Keep him happy and he’ll do his job. From the trials to today, I just tried to keep him happy and that was about it."
Mr Jess Jenkins was bred by V.H. Harman Jr. and Robert Moudy III. The owners purchased the horse at the 2018 Heritage Place Yearling Sale, buying him for $40,000. He is by Apollitical Jess and out of the Dashing Cleat mare Fetching Image.
"I can’t believe it, I can’t believe it," said an emotional Guzman.
Mr Jess Jenkins debuted in a March maiden race at Remington Park, and then contested the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity trials. He then was gelded before he moved to Ruidoso, where he improved dramatically – he contested a July 27 maiden race before he won his All American trial with the third-fastest time on Day 1 and the overall sixth-fastest time.
He now has a record of two wins from five starts and earnings of $1,505,620.
Trainer Marcos Carrizales, who is the son of jockey Santos Carrizales, saddled his first official starter in 2018 and this is by far his biggest career win, boosting his horses’ career earnings to just over $2 million. He and Flores grew up together in Harlingen, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley. They rode together in match races before Flores began riding in official races in 2011.
"When I was 6 years old, I looked up to Santos (Carrizales) and it’s unreal to be here together (with Marcos)," Flores said. "This is awesome – pretty cool feeling. But I’m ready to get back up in the morning and go to work again."
Supporting the All American Futurity on the program was the $200,000 All American Juvenile for 2-year-old Quarter Horses who did not qualify for the All American Futurity. In the 440-yard All American Juvenile, Cavenaugh Quarter Horses, LLC’s Uncle D lived up to his 6-5 expectations when he ran down Cers Final Try to win by an increasing neck.
Uncle D and jockey Cody Rodger Smith raced the quarter mile in :21.397. Third place went to Hodgepodge Hocks, who was one-length behind Cers Final Try.
The Clint Crawford-trained Uncle D has been one of the most highly regarded 2-year-olds in Quarter Horse racing. He finished second in the $1,073,100 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park and then came to Ruidoso Downs to win the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity by 1 1/4 lengths.
Uncle D was the 1-5 favorite in his All American Futurity trial. However, he was upset by Elm Creek Khrome, who reached the All American Futurity finals.
“We were pointing him at the All American weekend,” Crawford said. “We were ready to go either way (futurity or juvenile).
A superbly bred son of Corona Cartel and Little Surfer, Uncle D pushed his career earnings to $682,965 with the Juvenile victory. His dam, Little Surfer, is a sister to champions and Champion of Champions winners Ocean Runaway and Wave Carver.
Christina Robinson’s Cers Final Try, a gelding by One Dashing Eagle, ran a gallant race under jockey Manuel Gutierrez. The Tony Sedillo-trained Cers Final Try scored back-to-back-wins before a second-place run in his All American Futurity trial.
Debra Gotovac’s Hodgepodge Hocks was third in his All American Futurity trial behind All American Futurity runner-up Mister Riptide. Noe Garcia Jr. rode Hodgepodge Hocks for trainer Brad Bolen.
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