Q-Racing Blog: The Best of 2018

There was a lot of great racing in 2018. Here are a few favorites.

There was a lot of great racing in 2018. Here are a few favorites.

To me, 2018 American Quarter Horse racing got off to a decent start and then accelerated throughout the year to finish with a powerful late rush.

That’s my opinion. I respect anyone who has a different opinion

A difference of opinion is one of horse racing’s pillars. It all starts with placing a wager through a pari-mutuel system. Other people with a difference of opinion, bet on the horse(s) they choose. The final odds are determined and the race is contested.

A difference of opinion also resonates when horses are entered in a race or at a yearling sale. A horse is entered because his connections think he has an opportunity to do well in the race. A yearling’s price rises as bidders are willing to pay more for the horse based on their opinion.

Here are the races that first came to mind when I thought about 2018. They are in alphabetical order, not order of preference.

All American Futurity

Bill Robbins’ Apocalyptical Jess entered the bright spotlight when he won the $3 million All American Futurity (G1) by three quarters of a length after setting the fastest qualifying time on the first of two days of trials. In the futurity, the gelding by Apollitical Jess got a clean start from the second post position under jockey Raul Ramirez Jr., who picked up the mount from champion jockey Ricky Ramirez, who qualified three horses for the finals. Apocalyptical Jess then powered through the 440 yards, seemingly grabbing more ground with each stride, to win by three quarters of a length and giving trainer Blane Wood his first All American Futurity victory.

Champion of Champions

Johnny Trotter’s Bodacious Eagle is a warrior. We knew that before the $600,000 Champion of Champions (G1). The Justin Joiner-trained gelding added to that legacy in the 440-yard Champion of Champions in a field of earners of more than $7.2 million.

Starting from the ninth post position with Cody Jensen aboard, Bodacious Eagle burst from the starting gate and was in the battle. The One Famous Eagle gelding was first by a nose at the first call, first by a nose at the second call and kept on fighting to win by a head over Jesstacartel. BH Lisas Boy was another head back for third in the classic Quarter Horse finish. It was close and Bodacious Eagle, once again, showed his grit and tenacity.

Los Alamitos Super Derby

Lesley Joyner’s homebred Jesstacartel completely dominated the $925,100 Los Alamitos Super Derby (G1). The gelding by One Sweet Jess got a solid start and was on the lead by the first call of the 400-yard test with Cruz Mendez up. Then, in about 10 strides, he raced in a higher gear to pull out and win by 1 1/4 lengths over KVN Corona. The Mark Skeen-trained 3-year-old gelding is exceptional and could be exceptional for many campaigns.

Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity

Scott Bryant’s Flash And Roll appeared to have the $1,836,425 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) won within 150 yards of the 400-yard dash. The First Moonflash daughter, ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., got a superb start and Carter allowed her to find her stride and she went on to win by 1 1/2 lengths for trainer Justin Joiner. The filly may be on the small side, however she showed that she can be mighty in the Two Million.

Rainbow Futurity

Mark and Annette McCloy’s homebred MM Fourinthemorning clarified to the upcoming All American Futurity picture when he won the $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. The Ricky Ramirez-ridden MM Fourinthemorning drifted out for the 10th post position at the start, however was still in contention. The gelding by Mr Jess Perry flew down the outside of the track to get an expanding three quarter of a length victory. Before the Rainbow Futurity, there were several top All American Futurity contenders. After the Rainbow Futurity, MM Fourinthemorning was the top contender.

Remington Park Invitational Championship

Two-time defending world champion Jessies First Down showed he was in top form when he won the $255,500 Remington Park Championship (G1). Champion Hold Air Hostage grabbed the lead from the inside post position and the FDD Dynasty-sired Jessies First Down rolled down the middle of the track to win with a new track record of :20.772 for the 440 yards.

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