All American: Double Time

Toby Keeton will saddle two in the All American Futurity.

Quarter Racing Journal

G.R. Carter Jr., Koolnfamous and Toby Keeton. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

Toby Keeton had a good afternoon on the first day of trials to the All American Futurity (G1).

On Friday, August 19, the trainer from Seguin, Texas, sent out Koolnfamous and Volcoms Lady to qualify to the $3 million final on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.

Koolnfamous and Volcoms Lady both came into the trials as maidens, Koolnfamous from three starts and Volcoms Lady from two. Koolnfamous won his All American trial impressively by 1 1/2 lengths in :21.648, posting the fourth-fastest qualifying time on the first day. Volcoms Lady dashed to the day’s fifth-qualifying time while winning the 14th of 15 trials and notching a neck victory in :21.705.

“Koolnfamous is a big sonovabuck,” Keeton said. “He’s been a little slow coming around this year, but he’s sound and he’s a really good colt. He’s quiet, he tries, he doesn’t do anything stupid. He showed a lot of talent early on, but the owners wanted to save him for the All American so I stopped on him, and it took awhile to get him rolling again. He’s doing great now. I look for him to run a really big race.”

And then there’s Volcoms Lady.

“Oh, she was a problem child,” the trainer said. “We liked to never got her broke. She bucked most of the time we were trying to break her. She moved really good right from Day 1, and we finally got her going in the right direction, but I mean she was rank. I called the owner and said, look, I can’t get this filly in a regular maiden race, so I’m going to put her in for a $15,000 tag. He said go ahead, ain’t nobody going to claim that buckin’ sonuvagun. I didn’t really expect her to run so good in the trials, but she’s really come around, she’s doing really good now and we’re just really happy to have a ticket to the big dance.”

Koolnfamous was bred by Jerry Cate of Haslet, Texas, who races him in partnership with Gene White, D.V.M. and Wayne Metcalfe. The gelding is by Mr Jess Perry’s champion son One Famous Eagle, who as the leading freshman sire in 2012 was represented by world champion and All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle and is the sire of four of the 10 qualifiers to this year’s race. One Famous Eagle stands at Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.

The gelding is the second foal out of the winning Walk Thru Fire mare Kool Fire, whose dam is Kool Kue Chick, a half-sister to champion and all-time leading stakes winner Kool Kue Baby ($783,519). Kool Fire is a half-sister to stakes winners Kool Cade ($198,432) and Hawk Kue Pie ($75,905).

Volcoms Lady was bred by P.K. Thomas of Weatherford, Texas, who in more than 30 years in the industry has bred the earners of more than $4.4 million, including All American Futurity winner JM Miracle. Thomas also bred All American Derby (G1) qualifier Volcom Bay.

Both Volcoms Lady and Volcom Bay are by Thomas’s First Down Dash stallion Volcom, who from six crops has sired the earners of more than $4.1 million and stands at Lazy E Ranch at Guthrie, Oklahoma. Volcoms Lady and Volcom Bay share the same sire and the dam line as JM Miracle, who is out of the Dean Miracle mare Lethal Delight, a daughter of Miss Lethal and a half-sister to Volcom Bay. Volcoms Lady is out of the Takin On The Cash mare Lethal Cash, who is out of Lethal Coup, a half-sister to Miss Lethal.

 
Volcoms Lady was a surprise qualifier at nearly 50-1 in the trials.
PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

Volcoms Lady races for Tyler Graham, who paid $18,500 for the filly at the Heritage Place Fall Yearling Sale. Graham is the grandson of American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Dr. Charles Graham, and helps manage their Southwest Stallion Station at Elgin, Texas. A leading bloodstock agent involved in numerous partnerships as a breeder and owner, the younger Graham in 2014 was champion owner with Conda Maze, with whom he raced champion Kiss My Hocks.

Koolnfamous made his first start in late April at Sam Houston Race Park. He then ran improving races in trials to the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities, and was scratched from the Rainbow Juvenile Invitational. Volcoms Lady debuted in a June 19 maiden at Ruidoso, then showed notable improvement in a July 25 maiden claiming race before her All American trial.

Both horses were ridden in the All American trials by Esgar Ramirez, who also qualified Imperial Eagle. Trained by Tony Sedillo, Imperial Eagle was the fastest qualifier on the first day of trials and Ramirez chose to ride the One Famous Eagle gelding back in the final. Cesar Gomez will ride Volcoms Lady, and 10-time AQHA champion jockey G.R. Carter Jr. came out of retirement to ride Koolnfamous in the All American.

“I had to drop some weight to ride,” Carter said. “I weighed 133 this (Monday) morning, so I’ve only got to lose another six or seven pounds and I’ve got a week to do it. Then on race day I’ll sit in the box a little bit, to where I can tack 124, and it’ll all be good.”

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