Eagle Jazz Continues Quest for All American Triple Crown

The homebred gelding returns in this weekend's All American Futurity trials.

Q-Racing Journal

Juan A. Medina's Eagle Jazz, pictured here winning the Rainbow Futurity, will continue his quest for the All American Triple Crown in this weekend's All American Futurity trials at Ruidoso Downs. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Juan A. Medina's Eagle Jazz, a homebred son of One Dashing Eagle, will continue his quest for the All American Triple Crown in this weekend's 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs.

A total of 28 All American trials will be contested -- 14 on Friday and 14 on Saturday. Post time each day will be 11:30 a.m. (MDT). The horses with the five fastest times each day will advance to the $3-million final on Labor Day.

Eagle Jazz is ranked number one on the AQHA Racing National 2-Year-Old Poll, as the Oklahoma-bred gelding has banked $900,449 from seven outs, and his six wins include victories in the 350-yard, $800,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on June 11, and the 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) on July 23.

If Eagle Jazz qualifies to the All American Futurity and wins the race, he will earn the $1.5-million winner's share of the purse and the All American Triple Crown bonus, which would be worth an additional $4 million to the gelding's connections. Eagle Jazz drew post 4 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo in the 13th trial on Saturday.

Uptown Dynasty, a gelded son of champion Mr Jess Perry trained by Wes Giles for owner Melvin Neugebauer of Manzanola, Colorado, drew post 8 and will be ridden by Cipriano Vidana in Saturday's third heat. A $65,000 buy at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale, Uptown Dynasty has earned $485,400 from five races, and his three wins include a dead heat with Eagle Jazz in the Ruidoso Futurity.

The lone $50,000 supplemental entry to the trials, Kathleen O. Matey's Trace Dynasty, will race in the first trial on Saturday. Trained by Clinton Crawford, Trace Dynasty is a homebred daughter of champion Fdd Dynasty who will be stretching out in distance off of her second-place finish in the 350-yard, $1.155-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park on June 3.

Trace Dynasty drew post 4 and will be ridden by G.R. Carter Jr.

Also on Saturday, Mary G. Lynne Thompson's This Is An Eagle will put his undefeated record on the line in the ninth heat. A sorrel son of One Famous Eagle and the $100,000 sale-topper at last year's TQHA Yearling Sale, the colt has won all three of his outs and has earned $197,640, and his resume includes a half-length victory as the 6-5 favorite in the 330-yard, $484,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on April 29.

This Is An Eagle drew post 7 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon for trainer Jackie Riddle.

Friday's trials are headed by JGA Racing Stables' Fire And Sass, a graded stakes winning Walk Thru Fire gelding trained by Juan Aleman and a $40,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale. Fire And Sass made his Ruidoso debut with a fifth-place finish in a 400-yard Rainbow Futurity trial on July 7, but his two wins in four starts include a half-length victory in the 300-yard, $304,000 Robert Adair Kindergarten Futurity (G3) at Los Alamitos in May.

Esgar Ramirez will ride Fire And Sass from post 9 in the ninth trial.

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