Champion Jess Good Candy Headlines All American Derby Trials

The homebred colt risks his undefeated mark Sunday at Ruidoso Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Champion Jess Good Candy (red silks, purple cap), pictured here winning the June 11, 400-yard Ruidoso Derby is one of 130 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's All American Derby trials at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Ty Wyant

Jess Good Candy, a homebred colt by Good Reason SA owned by PV Quarter Horse Farms of Ratliff City, Oklahoma, will put his undefeated record on the line as one of 130 3-year-olds entered in Sunday's All American Derby (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

The first of 13 440-yard heats gets underway at the track's usual post time of 1 p.m. (MDT). The last trial is scheduled to go off at 6 p.m.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the $2,414,691 All American Derby final on September 4. This year's purse is the second-highest in the stakes' history, which dates back to its inaugural running in 1974.

Last year's champion 2-year-old, Jess Good Candy is trained by Clint Crawford. The colt has won all seven of his outs and has earned $2,012,303, and his resume includes a neck victory at odds of 10-1 in last year's 440-yard, $3-million All American Futurity (G1), which marked his final start of his juvenile campaign.

Jess Good Candy will be making his first start since June 11, when he sprinted to a convincing 1 3/4-length win in the 400-yard, $1,069,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1), the first graded stakes victory of his sophomore campaign. The colt drew post 8 and will be ridden by Ivan Carnero in the second trial.

Other prominent 3-year-olds entered in the trials include Valiant Rogue, a gelded son of Valiant Hero trained by Judd Kearl for owner Wyok Ranch LLC. Valiant Rogue is coming off of a dominating 1 3/4-length victory in the 440-yard, $1,224,000 Rainbow Derby (G1) on July 23.

Valiant Rogue has won five of his 11 outs and three of five at Ruidoso Downs. Tanner Thedford will ride Valiant Rogue from post 4 in the sixth trial.

Tres Friends, a multiple Grade 1-winning son of champion Tres Seis, will be seeking his first stakes score of his 3-year-old season for owner Terry D. Stennett. Trained by Blane Wood, the gelding banked $920,987 from five outs during his 2-year-old campaign, and his three wins included victories in the 400-yard, $1,152,000 Texas Classic Futurity (G1) at Lone Star Park, and the 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) at Ruidoso.

A $60,000 buy at the 2014 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Tres Friends drew post 2 and will be ridden by Ricky Ramirez in the third trial.

As in recent years, the winner of the All American Derby will earn a berth in the December 10, 440-yard Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos.

AQHA News and information is a service of the American Quarter Horse Association. For more news and information, follow @AQHA Racing on Twitter, "like" Q-Racing on Facebook, and visit