Q-Racing Blog: All American Weekend
Q-Racing Blog: All American Weekend
The All American weekend comprising the three Grade 1 races — the All American Futurity, the All American Derby and the All American Gold Cup — is always fun.
This year those three races were sure fun to watch.
$200,000 All American Gold Cup
German Amaya’s CDs Wine N Dine scored the 8-1 win and, looking back, the argument can be made that the FDD Dynasty gelding could have easily been a lower price.
CDs Wine N Dine, ridden by Raul Herrera, benefited from a perfect trip from the fifth post position while racing over a sloppy (sealed) track. The two horses next to him gave him plenty of room and he went to the front. Then he showed something special. Passing the halfway mark he showed the class that separated him from his competitors. He found that extra gear that is needed at 440 yards. That is magnified because he was one of two 3-year-olds racing against older horses in the Gold Cup.
Tough To Bee, running on the outside, made a late bid. However, CDs Wine N Dine had the race under control.
The Sal Soto-trained CDs Wine N Dine did not win his maiden until March 8 and he quickly moved up the class ladder with a close second in the $210,852 West Texas Derby (G3) and then went on to finish third in the $958,766 Ruidoso Derby (G1).
If CDs Wine N Dine can build on the form he showed in the All American Gold Cup, he won’t be going off at 8-1 odds in his future races. He could be a very dangerous 4-year-old.
$1,550,855 All American Derby
This was one for the longtime locals.
Winner Rustys Miracle is owned by J & SM, Inc. That sounds rather corporate, but that would be an incorrect impression. It stands for John and Sue May. They were married in 1953 and started coming to Ruidoso Downs in 1954. They came every year as a couple until John died in 2014. Sue still comes every year and is an enthusiastic 88. Their son, Doug, is involved in the operation and gives it the multiple generational appeal. These folks represent the soul of racing at Ruidoso Downs.
Rustys Miracle is all guts and grit. The Valiant Hero daughter is old school. She shows that desire is all important.
That is how she won the All American Derby at 16-1 odds.
With Noe Garcia Jr. riding for 77-year-old trainer Fred Danley, Rustys Miracle made every stride the most important stride of her career. She was able to hold off her rivals and win by a neck over Jess Macho Corona.
Rustys Miracle’s win in the All American Derby may have been the most popular win at Ruidoso Downs in quite a while. Everyone loves the May family. This All American Derby was for them.
$3 million All American Futurity
The theme for this year’s All American Futurity was set when the field was determined. It revolved around R.D. Hubbard.
Hubbard’s first All American finalist was his legendary champion mare Denim N Diamonds in 1979. He had two horses — Mister Riptide and Determined One — in this year’s All American Futurity and they were his 16th and 17th All American Futurity finalists.
Hubbard, 84, has been chasing the All American trophy for four decades. His horses have finished in every position, except — you got it — first.
Mister Riptide, owned in a partnership with Mark and Annette McCloy, was the 3-2 favorite and homebred Determined One was the 9-2 second choice.
Mister Riptide, racing from the rail post position, and Determined One, coming out of the third stall, went to the front and raced side-by-side. They were in prime position and running well.
Then came Jose Guzman and Rito Sosa’s Mr Jess Jenkins, racing on the outside from the seventh post position. The gelding trained by 22-year-old Marcos Carrizales caught the Hubbard pair passing the saddling paddock and got up for the neck win. Hubbard was foiled again.
Mr Jess Jenkins was a 13-1 longshot and won his maiden in his All American Futurity trial. He joined the elite list of All American Futurity winners by defeating Zia Futurity winner Mister Riptide and $1,070,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity fourth-place runner Determined One.
The James Flores-ridden Mr Jess Jenkins earned his All American Futurity victory and Hubbard waits for next year once again.
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