Q-Racing Blog: The Line on the All American

Ruidoso Downs' morning-line odds gives fans a hint on who the post-time favorites will be.

Q-Racing Journal

The $3-million All American Futurity, Quarter Horse racing's richest and most prestigious race, is set for Monday at Ruidoso Downs.

Who will the fans like in this year’s $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day? The morning line offers a clue.

The morning line are the odds on each horse in the program and on the tote board when wagering on a race begins. The morning line is a projection of the approximate final odds on each horse. It is not, as many racing fans believe, a selection on which horse will win, place or show.

Here is the morning line for this year’s All American Futurity:

Apolltical Chad (5-2)
Nueve Racing’s Apolltical Chad is the sole Grade 1 winner in the 440-yard All American Futurity. The Wes Giles-trained gelding won the $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) over eventual $1-million Rainbow Futurity winner A Revenant. He was a close second in his All American Futurity trial, his first start since the Ruidoso Futurity in June.

Coronas First Diva (7-2)
Sara Leann Morgan’s Coronas First Diva raced to the fastest qualifying time of :21.500 on the second day of All American Futurity trials. The Charles “Duke” Shults-trained filly has stakes experience with a fifth-place run in the Grade 1, $1,083,000 Heritage Place Futurity as the 3-2 favorite.

Imperial Eagle (9-2)
Charles Robinson’s Imperial Eagle turned in the quickest mark of :21.499 on the first day of trials. The member of the Tony Sedillo stable was moved up to second place after multiple disqualifications in the West Texas Futurity.

One Hot Habit (5-1)
Turner Farms’ One Hot Habit is the horse that beat Apolltical Chad in their trial by a neck. One Hot Habit posted the second-fastest time on the second day of trials at :21.643. She has been a top juvenile in the Paul Jones barn since they started this year’s crop.

The Marfa Lights (8-1)
Beth and Michael Harper’s The Marfa Lights has stepped forward in each of his three starts for trainer Jim Helzer. The strapping colt showed he could come through in the All American Futurity after his stunning late rush in his All American Futurity trial to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths.

One Famous Beau (10-1)
Owned by Pat Guthrie, Billy Smith, Paul Blanchard and Fred Grooms, One Famous Beau was scratched from the Rainbow Futurity due to a hoof abscess. He then showed he is back with a two-length All American Futurity trial win in :21.667 for trainer Mike Joiner.

Magical Jess (15-1)
Ugo De La Torre’s Magical Jess has stakes experience against lesser company and came through with a three-quarter-length win in his All American Futurity trial. The gelding was a close second as the favorite in the Desert Classic Futurity at Turf Paradise and then scored a third-place finish in the Ruidoso Juvenile.

Koolnfamous (15-1)
One factor that could influence Koolnfamous’ odds is the addition of all-time leading jockey G.R. Carter Jr. as the rider. Owned by Gene White DVM, Wayne Metcalfe and Jerry Cate, the gelding closed well in his Rainbow Futurity trial and then pulled out to a one-and-one-half length win in his All American Futurity trial in :21.648.

Volcoms Lady (20-1)
Tyler Graham’s Volcoms Lady raced for a $15,000 maiden-claiming tag two starts ago and would have made a tremendous claim. She came back to win her maiden in her All American Futurity trial by a neck in :21.705, just fast enough to gain a spot in the All American Futurity.

Gamey Tee Cos (30-1)
Arturo Reyes and Isidro Reyes Gamey Tee Cos will be scratched from the All American Futurity. The Salvador Soto-trained colt finished second in his trial and then died in the test barn. Blood was drawn and the remains were sent to Albuquerque for a necropsy.

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