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Hes Relentless Tops Day 1 of All American Futurity Trials

Half of the Futurity field earned tickets on Day 1 of trials.

Q-Racing Journal
August 15, 2013

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Hes Relentless PHOTO: Gay Harris

Ruidoso Downs is conducting trials August 15-16 for the $2.6 million All American Futurity (G1) and on Saturday, August 17, for the $2.8 million All American Derby (G1), the richest race in American Quarter Horse racing history.

There were 14 Futurity trials each day, with first posts at 11 a.m. Mountain time both days. The five fastest horses from both days qualify for the All American Futurity on Labor Day, September 2.

The 10 trials to the All American Derby will be contested on Saturday, with a first post at noon. The 10 fastest qualifiers race in the Derby on September 1, the day before the Futurity.

As in the finals of both the Futurity and Derby, all of the trials are held over 440 yards.

The first day's qualifiers for the All American Futurity follow.

Hes Relentless (One Famous Eagle-This Dreams Flying by Strawfly Special) won the eighth trial in :21.148. With Cody Smith in the irons for Amber Blair, the colt won by a half length. Hes Relentless now has won three of four races, and came into the trials off a second in the June 1 Heritage Place Futurity (G1). Bred by the Sunflower Supply Co. of Galena, Kansas, Hes Relentless is owned by the Tularosa, New Mexico-based partnership of R.D. Hubbard, Tom Maher and Johnny Cope.

Especially Tres
(Dashair-Delightfully Tres by Tres Seis) won the second trial in :21.191. With Ricky Ramirez up for Blane Wood, the filly won by 3 1/2 lengths. The undefeated Especially Tres has won four races, but was scratched from the August 3 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3). Bred by Michael S. Partin of Montalba, Texas, Especially Tres races for Jim D. Pitts of Burkburnett, Texas.

Handsome Jack Flash (First Moonflash-Shez Jess Nice by Mr Jess Perry) finished second by half a length to Hes Relentless in the eight trial, clocking :21.209. The gelding was ridden by Jaime Leos and is trained by Juan Gonzalez. Handsome Jack Flash came into the trials as the undefeated winner of three races, including his previous start, the July 28 Zia Futurity (RG1). Bred by Debra Laney of Tularosa, New Mexico, Handsome Jack Flash is owned by the Anthony, New Mexico-based partnership of Laney and Norma and Brenda Alvarez.

Houdini (Valiant Hero-Pure Oklahoma by Takin On The Cash) won the first trial in :21.233 by 1 1/2 lengths. Cody Jensen rode the gelding for Luis Villafranco. Houdini now has won four of five starts, and finished second to Coronado Cartel in the April 20 Remington Park Oklahoma Bred Futurity (R). Houdini was bred by Ellen Kennedy of Owasso, Oklahoma, and now races for The Ellen Kennedy Living Trust of Owasso.

Two horses tied for the fifth-fastest time and will shake for the berth in the final. Fly Thru The Fire won the third trial in :21.267, and You N How Many More clocked the identical :21.267 while winning the fifth trial.

Fly Thru The Fire (Walk Thru Fire-Babe On The Fly by Strawfly Special) won by half a length under Cody Jensen, who was riding for Paul Jones. In his only other start, the colt won his May 24 trial to the Ruidoso Futurity (G1). Bred by Steve Burns, D.V.M., of Menifee, California, Fly Thru The Fire races for the Tularosa, New Mexico-based partnership of R.D. Hubbard, Johnny Cope, Henry “Butch” Southway and Paul Blanchard.

You N How Many More (Chicks Regard-Miss Quick Houston by Mr Houston) scored by 2 3/4 lengths under Jaime Leos, who was in the irons for Juan Gonzalez. A homebred racing for K. Humberto Lopez Gaxiola’s KH Logax Inc. of Oro Valley, Arizona, now has won three of four races. The gelding was second to Cartel Quick in the June 9 Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and was scratched from the August 3 John Deere Ruidoso Juvenile Challenge (G3).