Hotstepper is Best in All American Derby

The bay son of One Famous Eagle earns his first stakes win in $1.2 million race.

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Hotstepper wins the All American Derby. PHOTO: AQHA Media/Andrea Caudill

A sharp break from Post 3 helped Hotstepper score his first stakes victory in Sunday's 440-yard, $1,237,604 All American Derby (G1) at Ruidoso Downs. He stopped the clock in :21.274.

Ridden by Cody Jensen, Hotstepper defeated 2017 All American Futurity (G1) winner Fly Baby Fly by a long neck. C. Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath prepped the bay son of One Famous Eagle for owners Johnny D. Cope, R.D. Hubbard, Rafter W Stables, and Henry "Butch" Southway.

"Let me tell you something: It’s the best feeling I’ve had in a long, long time," Hubbard said. "We’ve got one more to win - that’s the All American Futurity. I’ve got the best partners in the business, and we’re coming back for ya' next year.

"We’ve been waiting for two years for Hotstepper (to win). He’s qualified for every deal, been there, but has had a few problems. With Cody and Sleepy, what better team could we have?"

Earlier on the card, Jensen won the $200,000 All American Gold Cup (G1) with Bodacious Eagle.

"It was a great day," Jensen said.

This is his second All American Derby win; he won in 2009 with Inseperable.

"I want to give a big shout out today," said Jensen. "The biggest factor was my head man, Shawn. He did a tremendous job with that horse in the gates. (Hotstepper) wanted to fight us a little bit, Shawn reached out and grabbed him and helped him stand up and look down the racetrack and did what he was supposed to do. He did a great job.

"I knew when (Hotstepper) got away that good, he’s a real hard horse to outfinish," he continued. "I knew (Fly Baby Fly) on the inside would be tough, but when (Hotstepper) gets shook loose on the lead, he’s hard to catch."

It is the fourth Derby win for Gilbreath.

Papaws Paint was third and Wagon Chick V finished fourth. Jess Move You, Hes Limitless, Peighnt Your Fate, Another Shot and PYC Fun N Fancy completed the field.

Hotstepper, who last year was fourth behind Fly Baby Fly in the All American Futurity (G1), was bred in Texas by Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP. The second-fastest qualifier, he was coming off of a wire-to-wire, one-length victory in the last of 11 All American Derby trials on August 19, and in July was fourth in the Rainbow Derby (G1).

Hotstepper has won five of 13 starts. He ended his 2-year-old campaign with a second-place run, a neck behind winner Thecartelofmiracle, in the 400-yard, $874,000 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park. His career earnings stand at $1,086,656.

Sired by One Famous Eagle, he is out of the Tres Seis mare Pandorum.

One Famous Eagle, a champion runner during his racing career, has from seven crops to race sired the earners of more than $25 million, already putting him in the Top 25 of all-time sires by money earned. He sired 2012 All American Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle in his first crop, as well as 2016 winner Imperial Eagle and 2017 winner Fly Baby Fly. One Famous Eagle stands at the Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.

Hotstepper’s dam line has been cultivated at the Quien Sabe for more than 30 years. Dam Pandorum was a two-time stakes winner who earned $70,437 in her career. This is her second foal. His third dam, Daring Difference, was an All American Futurity finalist and produced the earners of more than $450,000. She was a half sister to the great Mr Eye Opener.

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