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It's All American time!

It's All American time!

The 59th running of the All American Futurity (G1) wraps up Ruidoso Downs’ summer Grade 1 stakes schedule on Labor Day. Contested at the classic Quarter Horse distance of 440 yards, the All American Futurity boasts a purse of $3 million, which equals the all-time record purse for the Futurity and is the richest race for 2-year-olds of any breed. The winner will become an instant millionaire and earn $1.5 million.

Since Hugh Huntley’s filly, Galobar, won the first All American Futurity in 1959, the race has defined the sport of Quarter Horse racing and is the race that every owner, breeder, trainer and jockey wants to win. With a revolutionary nomination system, the All American Futurity was the world’s first $1-million race for any breed of horse. Winning the All American has put many horses on the path to champion honors. Some famous past winners include Easy Jet, Special Effort, Refrigerator and DM Shicago, just to name a few. In 2006, No Secrets Here set the stakes record when finishing in :20.886 for 440 yards. That equates to 43.091 mph.

For the 2017 All American final, 28 trials were held over two days August 18-19 to determine the 10 fastest qualifiers. The five fastest qualifiers from each day advanced to the Labor Day final. The Futurity is carded as the 10th race of Monday’s 12-race card. The race has an estimated post time of 5:18 p.m. MDT. There is a special 1 p.m. MDT first post on Labor Day, and a 12:30 p.m. MDT first post on Sunday.

Bobby Cox’s homebred #8 Hawkeye brings a perfect 3-for-3 win streak into the All American Futurity. The third-fastest qualifier from the second day of trials, Hawkeye is trained by James Padgett II and will be ridden by Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo. The pair also qualified Fly Baby Fly. Hawkeye is by One Dashing Eagle, who was the World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse after winning the 2012 Grade 1 All American, Golden State Million and the Ed Burke Million futurities. Hawkeye’s dam, No Fees, was undefeated in six career starts, half of which were stakes.

Melvin Neugebauer’ #5 Uptown Dynasty, a gelding by Mr Jess Perry and out of Ms Southern Dynasty, won his Day 2 trial by 1 1/4 lengths and posted the second-fastest time of the day. One of two All American Futurity qualifiers trained by Wes Giles, Uptown Dynasty finished in a dead heat for the win in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and ran second in the Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity. Bred by Sam Green, Uptown Dynasty will be ridden by Cipriano Uscanga Vidana, who has been in the iron for each of the gelding’s four wins. With six lifetimes starts, he has never finished worse than second.

Zia Futurity winner #7 Bigg Daddy is the fastest qualifier to the Labor Day feature and another Wes Giles trainee. The sorrel gelding covered 440 yards in :21.611 and won his trial by more than 2 lengths. His dam, Alice K White, is a champion and champion producer. With earnings of $211,418, he’s the second highest money earner in the field and has only finished off the board once in his seven lifetime starts. He’ll be ridden by 10-time AQHA Champion Jockey G.R. Carter Jr., who might just give the Ruidoso crowd one more of his famous back-flip dismounts if he wins his third All American.

#4 Hes Limitless found the winner’s circle for the first time in his racing career in the trials for the All American and was the second-fastest qualifier from Day 1. The now-gelded son of Corona Cartel is out of PJ Chick In Black, who was the 2012 champion 2-year-old fill. Trained by John Stinebaugh and ridden by Agustin Silva, Hes Limitless has two seconds and a third from four starts. His last start as a colt came in the Rainbow Juvenile, where he finished second.

Jennifer K. Hancock’s All American Futurity selections: #8 Hawkeye, #5 Uptown Dynasty, #7 Bigg Daddy, #4 Hes Limitless

Check out the complete All American coverage, provided by the Quarter Racing Journal, with profiles on each of the qualifiers as well as video replays of their qualifying trial.

And check out Horseplayernow.com's handicapping guide to the All American races.

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