Field Set for Grade 1 , $3-Million All American Futurity
Pilot Points Moon Posts the Fastest Qualifying Time from the Second Day of Trials at Ruidoso Downs.
August 18, 2018
The field has been set for the September 3, $3-million All American Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso Downs.
The fastest overall qualifier, Apocalyptical Jess, won the second of 16 440-yard trials on Friday. The second-fastest overall qualifier, Tools In The Sky, also raced in Friday's trials.
Saturday's trials produced the third-fastest overall qualifier, Grant Farms LLC's Pilot Points Moon. Ridden by Adrian Ramos for trainer Wes Giles, the homebred son of champion First Moonflash won the ninth of 16 trials by 1 1/2 lengths in :21.520. The Louisiana-bred gelding was winning for the second time in as many outs .
Pilot Points Moon is out of Ms Pilot Point, a daughter of Splash Bac who won two stakes in Louisiana from 2004-06, including the '06 AQHA East Distaff Challenge (G3) at Delta Downs. He didn't make his first start until August 4, when he sprinted to a neck victory in a 300-yard maiden-special-weight dash at Ruidoso.
"We just waited for him to mature," said Giles. "He's a nice horse and should step forward in the final."
Saturday's trials also saw Grade 1 winner MM Fourinthemorning qualify. Trained by Blane Wood for owners Mark and Annette McCloy of Tatum, New Mexico, the gelded son of champion Mr Jess Perry won the 12th heat in :21.648. Ricky Ramirez rode MM Fourinthemorning, who was stretching out in distance off of his three-quarter length victory in the 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) on July 22.
MM Fourinthemorning was bred in New Mexico by the McCloys. The gelding has won three of four starts and has banked $429,600.
The McCloys consigned MM Fourinthemorning to last year's Ruidoso Select Sale.
"I wanted $150,000 for him, but if he'd gotten to $100,000 I would have thought about selling him," Mark McCloy said. "When the final bid was $50,000, there was no question I was going to buy him back.
The other qualifiers from Saturday's trials were La Feliz Montana Ranch LLC's Badhabit Jess, David Valdez' and Byron Woodard's No Mires A La Luna, and J & SM Inc.'s Rustys Miracle.
Click here for additional information on all 10 All American Futurity qualifiers. Click here for the finalists for the September 3, $200,000 All American Juvenile Stakes.
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