All American Futurity

Giles pair tough in Monday's All American Futurity.

Press Release

Bigg Daddy is the fastest qualifier for the All American Futurity. PHOTO: Gay Harris

Melvin Neugebauer’s Ruidoso Futurity winner Uptown Dynasty and Too For Too’s Zia Futurity winner Bigg Daddy, each trained by Wes Giles, could vie for favoritism in the Grade 1, $3-million All American Futurity on Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.

Labor Day is closing day for the Ruidoso Downs’ summer season.

The stakes dominated program starts at 1 p.m. and a crowd of about 25,000 is expected. It is one of the most attended sporting events in New Mexico every year. There is free parking and free general admission.

Also on the program is the $200,000 All American Juvenile.

The All American Futurity field is comprised of the five-fastest horses from each of two days of trials.

Uptown Dynasty and Bigg Daddy are each peaking at the right time to take their shot at the $1.5-million first-place check in the All American Futurity. They raced to the top-two qualifying times on the second day of All American Futurity trials. Uptown Dynasty covered the 440 yards in :21.802 and Bigg Daddy topped that mark with a :21.611 time.

Uptown Dynasty has been brilliant and consistent this summer at Ruidoso Downs.

A gelding by Mr Jess Perry, Uptown Dynasty burst to the lead in the Grade 1, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity and gamely fought to the finish. He was caught in the final strides by Eagle Jazz and they finished in a dead heat for the win.

The Grade 1, $1-million Rainbow Futurity was up next and Uptown Dynasty and Eagle Jazz had their rematch. This time Eagle Jazz got the win while Uptown Dynasty came through with a game second-place finish.

In the All American Futurity trials Uptown Dynasty, with regular rider Cipriano Uscanga Vidana aboard, won a strong trial by 1 1/4 lengths over Rainbow Futurity third-place finisher Starfield.

Eagle Jazz did not qualify for the All American Futurity, so that rivalry will not continue in the All American Futurity.

Bigg Daddy, a $25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale bargain, has been a force this summer against New Mexico-bred competition and takes on open Grade 1 futurity horses for the first time in the All American Futurity.

A gelded son of Big Daddy Cartel and champion Alice K White, Bigg Daddy finished third in the $393,000 Mountain Top Futurity before stepping up and winning the $371,000 Zia Futurity by three quarters of a length under G.R. Carter Jr.

Bigg Daddy ran a huge race in his All American Futurity trial. The strapping gelding powered away to a 2 3/4 length score and his time was the top time from 14 second-day trials.

Jose Espinoza’s Shakem Bye Perry led the first-day qualifiers with a 1 1/4 romp in the sixth of 14 trials. He was timed in :21.664 under Omar Reyes.

Shakem Bye Perry, a gelding by First Prize Perry, was making his Ruidoso Downs’ debut and his first start for trainer Pedro Lopez. He scored a third-place finish in the TQHA Sale Futurity at Retama Park in his previous start.

 Martin Ybarra’s Heza Streakin Legacy raced in the second trial on the first day of trials in the midst of litigation. Out of competition drug testing conducted by the New Mexico Racing Commission allegedly showed a positive clenbuterol result for Heza Streakin Legacy and the horse was placed on the stewards’ list and ineligible to race for 60 days.
 
The morning of the first day of All American Futurity trials, the horse’s connections were granted a temporary restraining order allowing the horse to run. The NMRC’s attorney then had a discussion with the court and the temporary restraining order was dissolved.

Heza Streakin Legacy was declared out of the All American Futurity and Dash For Stone, who posted the sixth-fastest time on the first day of trials, was moved up to fifth-fastest qualifier status and into the All American Futurity.

With Heza Streakin Legacy ousted, all horses racing in the All American Futurity and the All American Juvenile have been hair tested and are clean.

The 440-yard All American Juvenile is for two-year-olds that raced in the All American Futurity trials, however did not qualify for the futurity. Preference is given to the horses with the fastest times on each day.

Kathleen Matey’s homebred Trace Dynasty was second by a neck in the Grade 1, $1.1-million Heritage Place Futurity and then made his Ruidoso Downs’ debut in the All American Futurity trials. The Fdd Dynasty-sired gelding from the Clint Crawford barn posted the sixth-fastest time of :21.932 on the second day of trials.

Carolyn Bay’s homebred Tough Dynasty 123, a half-brother to 2011 world champion Cold Cash 123, likes the 440-yard distance, just as his brother did during his stellar career. The Sleepy Gilbreath-trained gelding by FDD Dynasty made an impressive late run to win the $100,000 Rainbow Juvenile by one-half length. He was then second by a neck in his All American Futurity trial with the ninth-fastest time on the first day of trials.

Horse                                      Jockey                                     Morning Line

1-Mr Secret Glory                   Ricky Ramirez                         15-1
2-Dash For Stone                    Roberto Valero                        30-1
3-Believe Me Irene                  Jose Luis Enriquez                  20-1
4-Hes Limitless                       Agustin Silva                          10-1
5-Uptown Dynasty                 Cipriano Uscanga Vidana       5-2
6-Fly Baby Fly                        Jose Amador Alvarez              5-1
7-Bigg Daddy                         G.R. Carter Jr.                       9-2
8-Hawkeye                              Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo            7-2
9-Hotstepper                           Cody Jensen                            8-1
10-Shakem Bye Perry             Omar Reyes                            15-1

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