All American Futurity Qualifier: MM Fourinthemorning
Sorrel Gelding, Mr Jess Perry - Easeful Dinastia by Corona Cartel
Race Record: 4-3-0-0 $$429,600
Breeder/Owner: Mark and Annette McCloy (NM)
Trainer: Blane Wood
Qualifying Jockey: Ricky Ramirez
Qualifying Time: :21.648 (D2)
RACE RECORD: The Mr Jess Perry gelding MM Fourinthemorning has come on in a big way this summer, after his career debut in the Ruidoso Futurity trials saw him a trailing seventh in the trial won by fellow All American qualifier Im Jess Special V.
He has yet to be defeated since, winning his Rainbow Futurity trial and then the $1 million final.
He won the 12th trial on the second day by a dominating 2¼ lengths.
BREEDER/OWNER: One of four horses running in whole or part for their breeders in the All American Futurity, MM Fourinthemorning races for Mark and Annette McCloy of Tatum, New Mexico.
The horse was a $50,000 repurchase from the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.
“I wanted $150,000 for him, but if he got to $100,000, I would have thought about selling him,” said Mark McCloy. “When the final bid was $50,000, there was no question I was going to buy him back.”
McCloy is certainly glad he took him back home. “It’s been great. It couldn’t be better,” said McCloy. “He’s special.”
Since 2013, the McCloys have owned 15 winners and the earners of $736,976, including Restricted Grade 2 winner Datona Doll.
In only their second year as breeders with horses on the racetrack, they have bred six winners from 30 starts and the earners of $463,307.
TRAINER: Blane Wood qualified three finalists to the All American Futurity, as well as one to the Derby.
The veteran trainer has since 1975 trained the earner of more than $17 million, including four Rainbow Futurity winners – the most recent being MM Fourinthemorning, who also qualified to the All American.
He seeks his first All American Futurity victory, although his horses have lit the board on multiple occasions. His father, Leo, won the 1978 All American Futurity with Pie In The Sky.
QUALIFYING JOCKEY: Champion jockey Ricky Ramirez knows how to be a winner on and off track. The recent rider of $1 million Rainbow Futurity (G1) winner MM Fourinthemorning, who also qualified to the All American Futurity (G1), Ramirez was also just named this year’s Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award winner, which is an award given to a jockey by his or her peers based on personal character on and off the racetrack.
He has ridden more than 1,100 winners and the earners of more than $29.7 million, but is still seeking his first All American Futurity victory. In 2011, he was second on Jess Send Me; in 2014, he rode Sam Crow to a third-place finish in the race.
PEDIGREE: Himself the sire of two qualifiers, the late Mr Jess Perry is also the second sire of three additional qualifiers. He is the sire of qualifiers Badhabit Jess, and is the second sire of Apocalyptical Jess, Im Jess Special V and Lynnder 16.
Mr Jess Perry died in the fall of 2017, and will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 2019. A champion runner, he has to date sired the earners of more than $54 million, making him the No. 3 all-time leading sire. He is the sire of 2010 All American Futurity winner Mr Piloto.
Dam Easeful Dinastia was bred by the late John Andreini of San Mateo, California, and she is as blue-blooded as they come.
The daughter of No. 2 all-time leading sire Corona Cartel, she is out of champion Dinastia Toll BRZ. This makes her a half sister to champion and leading sire FDD Dynasty ($1,173,001), producer Brazilian Dasher, dam of champion Apollitical Blood ($1,519,800) and stakes winner JM Mister Destiny ($274,369).
She herself has produced three winners from four starters.