All American: Triple Crowd

There's a personal triple crown on the line this weekend.

Quarter Racing Journal

Jockey Ricky Ramirez and All American Futurity finalist Mr Secret Glory. PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain

There won’t be a triple-crown winner cashing a $4 million bonus at Ruidoso Downs – not this year, anyway. Eagle Jazz, who scored in the Grade 1 Ruidoso and Rainbow futurities that constitute the first two legs of the All American Triple Crown, won his August 19 trial in a non-qualifying time to the All American Futurity (G1), ending the One Famous Eagle gelding’s bid for the rich payout.

That’s not to say there won’t be any triple crowns on the line. AQHA Past President Johnny Trotter, Trey Wood and Ricky Ramirez are looking forward to their own triple.

Wood will send out the 2015 champion jockey on one of Trotter’s horses in each of this weekend’s three Grade 1 stakes: Bodacious Eagle in the All American Gold Cup on Saturday, One Sweet Racy in the All American Derby on Sunday and Mr Secret Glory in the All American Futurity on Monday.

“That’s what happens when you breed, raise and buy good horses,” said Trey Wood, who since 2006 has conditioned the earners of more than $13.8 million. “And train good horses: Mr. Trotter sends us good horses and pretty much lets us do whatever we want to with every single one of them. He never questions the decisions we make with them. He puts his trust in us, and that makes a big difference – makes my job a lot easier than it probably should be.”

 
Trainer Trey Wood and Bodacious Eagle.
PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain
 

Bodacious Eagle is a 5-year-old sorrel gelding by One Famous Eagle out of the winning Corona Cartel mare Bodacious Dream, whose dam is the Dash For Cash champion and American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame mare Dashing Phoebe. Bred by the Javier Rodriguez family’s La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC of North Las Vegas, Nevada, Bodacious Eagle was acquired as an embryo by Trotter, after his dam was purchased in January 2012 by Bobby Cox of Fort Worth, Texas.

An earner of $802,561 with a record of 23-11 (5)-4 (1)-1 (1), Bodacious Eagle finished third in champion Kiss My Hocks’ Ruidoso Futurity, fourth in Trendi’s Rainbow Futurity and fifth in JM Miracle’s All American Futurity. The well-traveled gelding also ran in He Looks Hot’s Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), won Grade 1 stakes at Lone Star and Remington Park, and comes into the Gold Cup off a half-length score in the July 1 Higheasterjet Handicap (G3) at Ruidoso.

“ ‘Bodacious’ is just a good horse,” said Wood. “He never has a bad day, nothing ever bothers him. He’s all racehorse. He’s a professional. You won’t find a better horse around. Every day, he cleans up his feed, he feels good, he’s a helluva athlete.”

With only one win from eight starts, the team’s Derby starter is the least accomplished of their three runners. Bred by Gary and Donna Hall’s Sunflower Supply Co. of Galena, Kansas, One Sweet Racy is a sorrel filly by One Sweet Jess out of the Grade 1-winning Racin Free mare Miss Racy Vike, who has produced 20 winners and the earners of more than $1.29 million from 28 starters. Purchased by Trotter for $110,000 at the Heritage Place Yearling Sale, One Sweet Racy is a half-sister to Trotter and AQHA Past President Dr. Glenn Blodgett’s champion Miss Racy Jess ($485,113, by Mr Jess Perry, who sired One Sweet Jess); graded stakes winner Miss Racy Eyes ($133,195, by Mr Eye Opener); Grade 1-placed Vikes Iota ($103,709, by Mr Eye Opener), and other stakes-placed runners The Bluetailfly, by Strawfly Special; Sixavike, by Sixarun; Elaines Fantasy, by Leaving Memories; First Down Vike, by First Down Dash; and Dashin Belladonna and Racy Belladonna, both by Fishers Dash. One Sweet Racy has earned $18,254 and comes into the Derby off a third-place finish to De La Eagle and The Marfa Lights in their August 20 trial.

 
One Sweet Racy
PHOTO: Richard Chamberlain  

“She’s come a long way,” Wood said. “ ‘Racy’ was pretty green coming into her 3-year-old year. She only had two starts last year, and she’s just kind of catching up with everybody right now. She’s a nice mare, she’s really neat to be around. She’s not real flighty like most of that family is – Miss Racy Vike’s family can get pretty hot, but this mare doesn’t. She’s pretty professional, also. We’ve really never had any problem out of her other than she got sore last year, so we cleaned her up and took some chips out of her ankles, and she’s come back real nice. She runs the same race every time – and in the trials, she drew a good trial in the good part of the day and snuck in there.”

For the Futurity, Wood will saddle Trotter’s homebred Mr Secret Glory, who has won twice in three starts. A gray gelding from the first crop by champion and leading freshman sire Hez Our Secret, Mr Secret Glory is one of five winners and the earners of more than $338,000 from eight starters out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Eye Of Glory, an earner of $177,830 who in Grade 1 tests finished second twice, to Heartswideopen in the Ruidoso Futurity and to Furrtreeous in the Southwest Juvenile Championship. Mr Secret Glory is a half-brother to stakes winner Jess Glory ($49,514, by Mr Jess Perry) and stakes-placed Bay Eagle Glory ($223,553, by One Famous Eagle).

Mr Secret Glory won on first asking, with a non-qualifying time in the May 27 trials to the Ruidoso Futurity, and ran third in the July 8 trials to the Rainbow Futurity. He comes into the All American final off a head score over Ruidoso Juvenile Stakes finalist Dash For Stone in the August 18 trials.
“Right now, ‘Glory’ is kind of green but he’s all speed,” said the trainer, who with father Blane Wood trained Hez Our Secret for Trotter. “He’s a lot like his daddy and runs a lot like his daddy – covers a lot of ground and runs better when he has a horse to run at. His daddy, when he broke in front and was in front, just did enough to win the race, but if there’s another horse there to run at, he’d run his butt off.

“Glory’s a real calm horse at the barn, but you point him toward the track and he turns into a totally different horse,” said Wood, who also has Newman Cattle Co.’s Separatist gelding Myst Fit qualified in the Derby. “He’s real racy, he’s always on his toes when he’s training, and any time you are doing gate work with him, he’s always on point. He’s a really fresh horse and I think that’ll help him a lot. We haven’t pounded on him. We didn’t even work him between the Rainbow trials and the All American trials, just to try to keep him sound and fresh.

“Glory’s really strong right now, and bounced back off the trial race about as good as you could ask a horse to,” Wood concludes. “He doesn’t really know what he’s doing, but he thinks he does.”
We’ll see soon enough.

“I think Bodacious Eagle can win the Gold Cup,” predicted Trotter, who ranches in Texas and New Mexico and owns Bar G Feedyard at Hereford, Texas. “I’d be happy to hit the board in the Futurity and Derby.”

So Trotter, Wood and Ramirez might not come out of Labor Day weekend with a Triple Crown. But they will go into it with a Triple Crowd.

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