All American: One Famous Beau

This gray is looking for a challenge in the All American.

Quarter Racing Journal

One Famous Beau and Mike Joiner. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

Racing is all about challenges, right?

One Famous Beau is really easy to train,” Mike Joiner said. “But we’ve had something of a challenge with him. In his schooling races, he bled pretty bad, so we skipped the Ruidoso (Futurity, G1) trials. We gave him a maiden race, he ran a little green and didn’t get away real good, but overall he ran a good race, got second.”

A gray gelding by One Famous Eagle, One Famous Beau got that second in his first out, a June 12 maiden race at Ruidoso. He then won his Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial, but scratched from the $977,500 race because of a hoof problem.

“He won his Rainbow trial and qualified, ran a nice race but came up with a bruised foot and it abscessed, so we didn’t get to run in the finals,” the trainer said. “We skipped the final, and that was another little bump in the road.”

One Famous Beau returned in the August 20 trials to the All American Futurity (G1) to win the eighth heat by 1 3/4ths lengths. The gelding ran with pads in his feet, which he also will do in the $3 million final on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.

“He’s getting better all the time,” Joiner said. “We finally got that foot in pretty good shape to run in the All American trials, and he run a really good race.”

One Famous Beau is bred by Francisco Javier Garza of Laredo, Texas, who also bred Oklahoma Futurity (G2) winner Tee Chic ($364,381) and stakes horse Sweet Annie GL ($266,365). The gelding’s 11-year-old sire is a champion earner of $1,387,453 on the track and has sired the earners of more than $14.5 million, including world champion and All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle. The sire of four of the 10 qualifiers to this year’s All American, One Famous Eagle stands at Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.

The gelding is the second foal out of the stakes-winning Jumpn Chic mare Jumpn Beau Chick ($72,343), whose dam is the stakes-placed Make It Anywhere mare Beaukas ($80,397).

Now an earner of $28,884, One Famous Beau is owned by an Albuquerque-based partnership that includes Billy Smith, Pat Guthrie, Paul Blanchard and Fred Grooms, who purchased the gelding for $45,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

One Famous Beau is ridden by two-time AQHA champion jockey Cody Jensen, who in 2005-06 scored back-to-back All American victories aboard Teller Cartel and No Secrets Here. The gelding also presents the jockey with a challenge.

“He’s a really hard horse to ride,” Jensen said. “You can’t get after him too much. In his schooling races and his maiden race, I’d reach back to hit him and he’d go to trying too hard. He’d get to overpowering the track and floundering around and just kind of fall apart. But now, I can get after him just a little bit, just stay on his shoulder and really hustle him, and he’ll bear down and run without me really asking him.

“So far that’s worked really well,” the jockey continued. “In his Rainbow trial and in his All American trial, when he’s gotten to the front, he’s continued to keep on running. Which is a big improvement, where you can’t really ride the horse very aggressively. So we’re hoping to break somewhere with them, because we know that somewhere near the halfway point he’s going to hit his stride and start stretching out. We think we can out-finish them if we can just get away with them.”
 
So as far as they can tell at this point, the jockey and trainer think they’ve gotten One Famous Beau figured out.

“So he’s been a little bit of a challenge, but it’s not anything to do with how he trains or anything like that,” Joiner said. “He’s not hard to train.”

Jensen enjoys the training aspect.

“This horse is easy to gallop,” the rider said. “Just chill, just as cool as the other side of the pillow. A little bit nervous around the gate, which is to be expected: He’s a 2-year-old. But just to gallop, he’s as pushbutton and easygoing as they come.

“The horse is getting better,” Jensen said. “He’s always been a slow starter throughout, but he’s getting better every single race and improving all the time. And he’s a heck of a finisher. He’s trending in the right direction.”

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