All American Derby Qualifier: Sam Crow

Grey gelding, Valiant Hero-Bourbonstreetchick by Chicks Beduino

 Race Record: 11-5-4-1 $438,463
Breeder: Paris Wixon
Owners: Terry Baber
Trainer: Blane Wood
Qualifying jockey: Ricky Ramirez
Qualifying time: :21.549

Race Record: Sam Crow has another shot at the biggest race of his season. With Ricky Ramirez in the irons for Blane Wood, the stakes-placed Valiant Hero gelding finished second by a half-length to Mad About The Moon in the second trial to the All American Derby (G1). Mad About The Moon clocked the second-fastest :21.455 while Sam Crow was timed in :21.549, the sixth-fastest time.

It was a bit of a historical repeat, as last year Sam Crow was third and Mad About The Moon second in JM Miracle's All American Futurity.

Sam Crow finished second in last year’s Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational (R). An earner of $438,463 with five wins in 11 career races, the gray gelding has won two of four races this season and came into the August 23 All American Derby trials off a second by a half-length to Kiss My Hocks in the July 18 Rainbow Derby (G1).

Breeder: Paris Wixon of Hope Hull, Alabama, has bred the winners of 21 of 218 starts and the earners of more than $691,000.

Owner: Sam Crow races for Terry Baber of Burkburnett, Texas, who purchased the gelding for $40,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

Trainer: Blane Wood has conditioned the earners of more than $14.3 million, including champions Leading Spirit ($811,413) and Haulin Pass ($178,855), and won this year's Rainbow Futurity (G1) with Tres Friends ($422,560). Based in Lubbock, Texas, he and his son Trey have one of the most successful training operations in the industry.

Jockey: Ricky Ramirez since 2003 has ridden the earners of more than $20.9 million. Riding first-call for the father-and-son training operation of Blane and Trey Wood, Ramirez won the Rainbow aboard Tres Friends and was the July AQHA-Jockeys' Guild Jockey of the Month.

Pedigree: Sam Crow is one of 184 winners and the earners of more than $11.2 million from 318 starters in five crops raced by Grade 1 winner Valiant Hero ($668,633), whose 24 stakes winners include champion and 2013 All American Derby (G1) winner Feature Hero ($1,418,960).

An 11-year-old son of First Down Dash, Valiant Hero is out of the Chicks Beduino mare Corona Chick ($591,326), who was a champion on the racetrack, broodmare of the year off of it and this year was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame. Corona Chick is the dam of 11 winners and the earners of more than $3.6 million from 14 starters. Included among them is Corona Cartel ($557,142), who is by the First Down Dash stallion Holland Ease and is the leading living sire of racing American Quarter Horses with progeny earnings of more than $48.7 million. Valiant Hero is a full brother to champion and All American Futurity winner Corona Cash ($1,542,880) and is the sire of champion and 2013 All American Derby winner Feature Hero. Owned by a syndicate, Valiant Hero stands at Lazy E Ranch at Guthrie, Oklahoma.

Sam Crow is one of three winners and the earners of more than $590,000 from nine starters out of the graded stakes-winning Chicks Beduino mare Bourbonstreetchick ($79,555). Sam Crow is a half-brother to the stakes-winning Teller Cartel mare Corona Street ($36,141).