EC Jet One Takes All American Derby

Race favorite comes through in $2.3 million race.

Quarter Racing Journal

EC Jet One wins the All American Derby. PHOTO: Taylor Anne VanBebber

Enrique Carrion’s homebred EC Jet One won the $2,415,084 All American Derby (G1) on September 4 to go undefeated on the year and secure himself a spot on the millionaire list.

Trained by Judd Kearl and ridden by Esgar Ramirez, the son of The Louisiana Cartel broke from Post 9 and steadily drew away in the 440-yard race to win in :21.490 by a half-length over 26-1 longshot Celtic Emblem.

 All American Derby winner EC Jet One receives a victory kiss.
PHOTO: Taylor Anne VanBebber

“He broke really sharp,” Ramirez said. “When the gate opened, he was right there with the 6 horse (Volcom Bay). He bobbled just a little bit, kind of side to side, but I never felt him take a bad step. He was strong every single jump. Four-forty, you know, is a mental thing. You have to wait for the final kick. I know this horse has a final kick, so I knew he was going to be stronger finishing than at the start.”

Brave Heart Won was third, followed by Volcom Bay, Jess Envision, First Fancy Racy, A Fulton Classic, One Fabulous Eagle, First Valiant Sign and Boogies Special Dash.

Kearl also saddled Brave Heart Won, Volcom Bay and First Fancy Racy.

For the victory, EC Jet One earned $1,014,336. This pushes his career total to $1,370,385.

Earlier this year, he won the Hialeah Derby and deadheated for the win in the South Florida Derby. He won his All American trial by a length despite being bumped from both sides out of the gate. The winner of eight of 10 career starts, last year he was third in the Sam Houston Futurity (G2) and sixth in the Texas Classic Futurity (G1).

“It’s super,” Kearl said. “We’ve had a hell of a year, and a good summer out here. This just caps the whole deal off.

Esgar Ramirez, Judd Kearl and Enrique Carrion.
PHOTO: Heather Evans-Gibson 

He’s the king of Hialeah. His nickname around the barn is ‘Gorilla.’ He’s a big ol’ happy horse. He’s just a gorilla He’s just been super.”

Carrion also campaigned Azoom, who in his career was a three-time Grade 1 winner who earned $738,136.

EC Jet One is from the first crop of the Corona Cartel stallion The Louisiana Cartel. The stallion was twice a stakes winner and earned $127,941. From 81 starters, he has sired 37 winners and the earners of more than $1.4 million. Other runners include Cartels Pop Pop ($191,509) and TLC Dale ($134,085).

Pretty Girl Perry is an unraced daughter of Mr Jess Perry. She has produced three winners from four starters. In addition to EC Jet One, she is also the dam of stakes-placed runner Alizee ($12,333).

“I am so excited,” Carrion said. “I thought he’d run a big race. This is a dream come true for a breeder. I’m so happy.”

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