All American Derby Qualifier: Potenzza

Sorrel filly, Mr Jess Perry-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash

Race Record: 8-2-2-2 $108,535
Breeder/Owner: Jorge Haddad
Trainer: Paul Jones
Qualifying jockey: Cody Jensen
Qualifying time: :21.391

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Race record: Potenzza returns to familiar territory of Grade 1 competition at Ruidoso. The filly last year was a finalist in and finished third, a neck off the pace, in the $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1).

This year she has finished second once and third once in four starts, including a third-place finish behind Kates Dynasty and The Ultimate Eagle in the ninth All American Derby trial. The filly has earned $108,535 in her career.

Pedigree: Potenzza is a daughter of champion and leading sire Mr Jess Perry, who from 1,111 starters in 16 crops raced has sired eight champions and the earners of more than $44.5 million. The 22-year-old son of Streakin La Jolla and the winning Sinn Fein mare Scooopie Fein ($15,807) is a top-10 all-time leading sire of broodmares and was the No. 1 broodmare sire in 2013.

Dam Las Alamitos is a daughter of First Down Dash and has been a fruitful producer. The Grade 1-placed earner of $202,480 has produced 10 winners from 17 starters, including three stakes winners. They include Grade 1 winner Ragazzo (by Shazoom, $559,500), Grade 1-placed stakes winner Giorgino (by Apollo (TB), $324,004),stakes winner Features Lucky Charm (by Feature Mr Jess, $42,926) and stakes-placed runner Las Pink Panther (by Panther Mountain, $21,474).

She is a full sister to top sire Holland Ease ($361,227), champion Four Forty Blast ($321,356), Grade 1-placed Brisco County Jr ($118,225) and producer Dividends Declared ($93,160, dam of Grade 1 winner High Rate Of Return ($456,010) and Grade 2 winner Somethin Like This ($149,470)).
Breeder/Owner: Jorge Haddad has since 2001 owned horses who have won 114 starts in 764 races, with earnings exceeding $1.7 million. His top earner has been homebred Ragazzo, but he also raced Grade 2 winner The Louisiana Cartel and Giorgino, and stakes winners Rate Cut, Massima, Newarco and Im A Feature Girl.

The breeder of horses in his own name who have won 83 starts in 633 races, Haddad-bred horses have raked in more than $2 million since 2005. They are lead by 2012 champion El Duero.

Trainer: Paul Jones is the all-time leading trainer in American Quarter Horse racing. He has conditioned the earners of more than $74.4 million and came into the trials having sent out 3,761 winners from 20,174 starts. Jones has won the Blane Schvaneveldt Champion Trainer award 12 consecutive times – every year since 2002 – and now is tied with the award’s namesake who won it consecutively from 1985 through 1996. Jones has won the All American Derby twice, with Noconi (2008) and Inseperable (2009). He has also won the All American Futurity (G1) three times, with Teller Cartel in 2005, No Secrets Here in 2006 and Runnning Brook Gal in 2009. He has won the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1) twice and the Champion Of Champions (G1) six times.

Jockey: Cody Jensen rode Houdini to win this year’s Rainbow Derby, Lovethewayyoulie to win the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) and Kiss My Hocks to win the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). The AQHA Champion Jockey in 2013, when he rode the earners of $3,154,543, Jensen in his career has ridden 1,477 winners and the earners of more than $30.78 million from 8,761 mounts. Jensen won the 2009 All American Derby on champion Inseperable and qualified Houdini and Down Side Magician to this year’s running. Jensen also rode back-to-back winners in the All American Futurity (G1), Teller Cartel and No Secrets Here in 2005-06.