All American Futurity Qualifier: Giving It All

Sorrel gelding, Walk Thru Fire-Sizzling by Corona Cartel

Race record: 5-2-1-0 $27,958
Breeder: Jaime Gomez
Owner: Raymond Merrill
Trainer: Brian Muse
Qualifying jockey: G.R. Carter Jr.
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Race Record: Giving It All was the only horse on the first day of trials to qualify for the All American Futurity (G1) without winning his trial heat. With two-time All American-winning jockey G.R. Carter Jr. up for trainer Brian Muse, the sorrel gelding by Walk Thru Fire finished second by three-quarters of a length to TF Im That Guy in the 17th and final trial heat of the day. TF Im That Guy toured the quarter mile in the day’s third-fastest  :21.563 while Giving It All was the fifth-fastest and final qualifier at :21.662.

Now an earner of $29,478 with two wins from five starts, Giving It All broke his maiden on first asking, in a March 7 trial to the  Oklahoma Futurity (G2) at Remington Park, but then ran back after a bad break in the consolation, the $50,000 Oklahoma Futurity Invitational. Taken to the Mountain, he next handed a 3 1/4-length drubbing to his rivals in the May 22 trials to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). Giving It All finished last after being repeatedly bothered at the break and bumped repeatedly in First Valiant Sign’s $750,000 final, but was moved to ninth when second-place finisher Jess Burnin was disqualified for interference and moved to 10th.

Breeder: Noted horseman Jaime Gomez is most widely known as a trainer, being the sport's No. 8 all-time leading trainer with more than $21.8 million in earnings, but he's also the breeder of both Giving It All and the horse's full brother Fire Fortune. Gomez has bred the earners of more than $3.5 million, including graded stakes winners Regal Fly, Corona For You, Separ Twist, Cocopata and Fly Me Anywhere.

Owner: Raymond Merrill has owned horses that have won six of 42 starts, including 2014 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational (R) winner Lethal Express.

Trainer: Brian Muse has trained the earners of more than $5.7 million since he began conditioning in 2001. His runners include Grade 1 winner Wild Bill Mae.

Jockey: The No. 1 all-time leading jockey, G.R. Carter Jr. has amassed $69.2 million in career earnings, including 3,784 wins and 362 stakes wins out of 23,825 starts. Carter was in the irons aboard All American Futurity winners Falling In Loveagain (1998) and Stolis Winner (2008). He rode Dashing Perfection to the 1997 All American Derby championship. Carter is the sport's most-decorated AQHA champion jockey (1993, 1997, 2003-2008, 2011-12). Carter also qualified Sky Bo Dash, First Valiant Sign and Jess Good Candy to the All American Futurity. 

Pedigree: Bred by Los Alamitos-based trainer Jaime Gomez and owned by Raymond Merrill of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Giving It All is a full brother to All American Derby (G1) qualifier Fire Fortune. Giving It All is one of 449 winners and the earners of more than $25.2 million from 695 starters by Walk Thru Fire, an 18-year-old son of First Down Dash out of the stakes-placed Beduino (TB) mare Sweet Beduino. From 11 crops raced, Walk Thru Fire has sired seven champions and 49 other stakes winners. Owned by Los Alamitos owner Ed Allred and Mike Abraham, Walk Thru Fire stands at Dr. Steve and Jo Burns’ Burns Ranch at Menifee, California.

Giving It All is one of five winners and the earners of more than $202,000 from six starters out of the stakes-winning and Grade 1-placed Corona Cartel mare Sizzling ($147,912), who finished second in Eye Caughtcha Peekin’s John Deere Challenge Championship (G1) and ran in Ocean Runaway’s Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1). Giving It All is a half-brother to the stakes-placed FDD Dynasty mare Down Rite Fast ($19,267).