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PJ Chick In Black Tops All American Futurity Trials

New Mexico-bred wins by nearly six lengths to post fastest time for $2.4-million race.

August 16, 2012

PJ Chick In Black pushed her record to five wins from five starts while setting the fastest-qualifying time to the Grade 1, $2.4-million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Thursday afternoon.

The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest times from the 26 440-yard trials earned the opportunity to race for the $1.2-million first-place check in the All American Futurity on Labor Day. The All American Futurity is the world’s richest Quarter Horse race and holds the largest purse for any 2-year-old horse race in North America, regardless of breed.

Owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor with Jack Smith Farms, PJ Chick In Black destroyed the field in the 24th trial when she drew out to the 5 ¾-length win, by far the largest winning margin of the day.

The Esgar Ramirez-ridden PJ Chick In Black’s time of :21.081 was the quickest time from the 253 trial competitors.

“She just finally put together a perfect race,” said co-owner Bowen. “She’s a whale of a horse.”

PJ Chick In Black started her career racing against New Mexico-bred competition, winning her New Mexican Spring Futurity trial and then taking the New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2) by one length at Sunland Park. Her earnings from the $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity allowed her connections to pay the $15,000 supplemental fee to race in the trials to the Grade 1, $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

The Desirio-sired PJ Chick In Black won her Ruidoso Futurity trial and then took the Ruidoso Futurity by a neck over All American Futurity third-fastest qualifier Krash Cartel.

Half ownership in PJ Chick In Black was then sold by Fredda Draper to Jack Smith Farms, and she was moved from the Carl Draper stable to the John Stinebaugh barn.

The sale and earnings from the $300,000 first-place check in the Ruidoso Futurity were more than enough money to pay the $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the All American Futurity trials. That has paid off with her trial win and probable favorite status in the All American Futurity on Labor Day and, even if she finishes last, she will earn $70,000.

“If she’s the favorite, it works,” Bowen said. “She is training outstanding.”

Joining PJ Chick In Black in the All American Futurity are Grade 1 winners One Dashing Eagle and BP Cartels Alibi.

Ed Burke Million Futurity winner One Dashing Eagle came through in the 26th and final trial with a one-half length win with the six-fastest qualifying time of :21.369.

A son of One Famous Eagle, One Dashing Eagle came to Ruidoso Downs after a 1 ½-length win in the Ed Burke Million as the 3-2 favorite. The sport’s number-one ranked juvenile coming into the All American Futurity trials, One Dashing Eagle now has three wins and a second-place finish in his career debut from four starts.

One Dashing Eagle is trained by Jose De La Torre and is owned by the partnership of Gustavo and Jose De La Torre with San Gregorio Racing Stables.

Raymundo Villareal Jr.’s BP Cartels Alibi, winner of the $1,115,000 Heritage Place Futurity (G1), finished in a dead heat for the win with Aha Moment and they share the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :21.385. They crossed the finish line 3 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place finish Coyote James.

BP Cartels Alibi, a son of Corona Cartel, made his Ruidoso Downs debut and his first start since taking the Heritage Place Futurity by a head on May 26. The Blane Wood-trained colt has won three straight races since finishing third in his career debut.

The complete list of All American Futurity qualifiers and their times are PJ Chick In Black (:21.081), Jess A Zoomin (:21.246), Krash Cartel (:21.251), Just Wanna Corona (:21.286), Native Tea Rose (:21.358), One Dashing Eagle (:21.369), Aha Moment (:21.385), BP Cartels Alibi (:21.385), Mr Perry Cartel (:21.400) and Sudden Thoughts (:21.404).