Q-Racing Blog: The Fall Stretch
It's the fall championship season.
By Ty Wyant | September 14, 2017
Labor Day is in the rearview mirror and we are looking at the fall championship run to the finish line.
The current top-10 2-year-olds are positioned to grab some championship hardware. They have proven their mettle, and some may have already wrapped up a championship campaign.
Here are the top 10. Also indicated is if they are eligible to either the Los Alamitos Two Million (G1) or the Texas Classic Futurity (G1). Others are done for the year.
1-Fly Baby Fly
Owned by the Fly Baby Fly Partnership, All American Futurity winner Fly Baby Fly will make her next start during the 2018 summer season at Ruidoso Downs, probably in the trials to the Ruidoso Derby (G1). She will have a small chip removed, according to trainer James Padgett II, and will be well rested before returning to training.
Her convincing win in the $3-million All American Futurity (G1) may have made her a champion. Her sire, One Famous Eagle, is a champion and earned $1.3 million. Her dam, Higher Fire, is a champion and earned $1.3 million. Fly Baby Fly has earned nearly $1.6 million. She was a $180,000 purchase at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
Juan Medina’s homebred Eagle Jazz has been a warrior with seven wins and a close second from eight starts and earnings of $902,849. He finished in a dead heat for the win with Uptown Dynasty in the $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and then won the $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) by three quarters of a length over Uptown Dynasty.
A gelded son of One Dashing Eagle, Eagle Jazz bobbled at the start of his All American Futurity trial as the 1-20 favorite and still won by 4 ½ lengths. However, his time was not fast enough to reach the All American Futurity finals.
Eagle Jazz has had minor chip surgery and will point to the three Grade 1 derbies at Ruidoso Downs next summer.
Reportedly, he was tearing up the walker on the morning of the All American Futurity.
Melvin Neugebauer’s Uptown Dynasty, a gelding by Mr Jess Perry, had a tremendous summer at Ruidoso Downs for trainer Wes Giles. The gelding pulled off the impressive feat of qualifying for all three Grade 1 futurities at the mountain track. That’s a racehorse. He did more. He finished in a dead heat for the win in the Ruidoso Futurity, was second in the Rainbow Futurity and sixth in the All American Futurity. The gritty competitor promises to be a force in next year’s derbies.
Alfredo Garza’s Nymeria has not started since hitting the gate and racing to a fifth-place finish in her trial to the $435,680 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG3) on July 14. In her prior start, the Bigtime Favorite-sired filly won the $1.155-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) by a neck.
The Josue Ponce-trained Nymeria is eligible to the Texas Classic Futurity.
Too For Too’s Bigg Daddy is a powerful New Mexico-bred gelding who stepped forward throughout the summer at Ruidoso Downs. The well-bred gelded son of Big Daddy Cartel and champion Alice K White was third in the $392,554 Mountain Top Futurity (RG3) and then won the $370,820 Zia Futurity (RG1). Each of those races were for New Mexico-breds.
The Giles-trained Bigg Daddy then showed his class when he took on open horses and won his All American Futurity trial by 2 3/4 lengths. He was the 8-5 favorite in the All American Futurity and was in the fight until Fly Baby Fly unleashed her closing kick in the final 150 yards. Bigg Daddy held on for second.
Keith Nellesen’s KVN Corona is the highest-ranked colt and the highest-ranked 2-year-old based at Los Alamitos in the juvenile poll. The Paul Jones-trained colt has raced to three wins from three starts, capped with his head win in the Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) on June 18. He will start in Sunday’s (September 17) PCQHRA Breeders’ Futurity trials.
“He’s doing great,” said Jones. “We’ve kept him in training and kept him fit.”
He will then point to the Golden State Million and the Los Alamitos Two Million.
7-This Is An Eagle
Mary Thompson’s This Is An Eagle is 4-for-4 with a win in the $483,600 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) back in April. The talented son of One Famous Eagle won his Rainbow Futurity trial by three quarters of a length and then his All American Futurity trial by 1 3/4 lengths. He did not qualify for either futurity. However, the Jackie Riddle-trained colt has always been considered a colt with a big upside and is eligible for the Texas Classic Futurity.
Rogelio Marguez Jr.’s Dashunder Afullmoon is also undefeated from four starts with all of her wins coming against Louisiana-bred rivals. The Heza Fast Dash daughter from the Jose Sanchez barn won the $322,285 Lassie Futurity (RG2) by a head and the $705,495 Lee Berwick Futurity by one-half length in her latest start on July 8.
Jon and Brant Barley’s La Vencedora was third in her debut – a maiden race for Oklahoma-breds – and then put together three consecutive wins. The Ivory James-sired filly’s winning streak is highlighted by a game head win over Eagle Jazz in the $913,850 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (RG2). She is the only horse to defeat Eagle Jazz.
R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Ray Willis and Butch Southway’s Hotstepper is still on the positive side of his form cycle for trainer Sleepy Gilbreath. The gelding by One Famous Eagle reared at the start of the Rainbow Futurity and his chances evaporated. He returned to win his All American Futurity trial by 2 lengths and stepped up with a third-place run in the All American Futurity. He will be pointed at the Texas Classic Futurity.
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