Eagle Jazz Wins Rainbow Futurity

The homebred gelding stays in line for the All American Triple Crown Bonus.

Q-Racing Journal

Eagle Jazz kept his All American Triple Crown hopes alive with a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's $1-million Rainbow Futurity. PHOTO: Cristian Castro

Juan A. Medina's Eagle Jazz, a homebred son of One Dashing Eagle, kept his All American Triple Crown hopes alive with a three-quarter length win in Sunday's 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.

Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for trainer Judd Kearl and sent to post as the 7-10 favorite, Eagle Jazz stopped the timer in :19.829. The sorrel gelding banked $420,000 for his sixth win in seven starts and second stakes victory.

Kearl won Saturday's $1.15-million Rainbow Derby with Darling Farms' Hold Air Hostage. The reigning AQHA champion trainer, Kearl became just the second trainer to win the Rainbow Derby and Rainbow Futurity in the same year. The first was Johnie Goodman, who won the 1981 Rainbow Futurity with world champion Special Effort and '82 Rainbow Derby with Higheasterjet.

Kearl qualified four 2-year-olds to the Rainbow Futurity and three 3-year-olds to the Rainbow Derby. His seven horses earned a combined $1,230,875 for their owners.

"Reality may set in tomorrow," said Kearl after the Rainbow Futurity. "I'm glad it's all over."

Eagle Jazz's six wins include the June 11, $800,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1), which he shared with Melvin Neugebauer's Uptown Dynasty. There was no such dead heat in the Rainbow, but Uptown Dynasty did finish second, a nose in front of third-place Starfield.

Eagle Jazz's resume includes a second-place finish, a head behind winner La Vencedora, in the 330-yard, $1.002-million Remington Park Futurity (RG2) for Oklahoma-breds. The gelding is out of Baja Jazz, a graded stakes winning 11-year-old daughter of champion Tres Seis, and he is a half brother to Teller Baja. The winner of last year's Remington Park Futurity (RG3), Teller Baja was a finalist in Saturday's Rainbow Derby.

Fly Baby Fly, Painted Wine Wagon, Wagon Chick V, Lena Cartel, Hotstepper, and Perrys Dynasty completed the order of finish.

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