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Big Biz Perry Heads All American Futurity Trials

A record-breaking 28 trials are set to be contested over two days at Ruidoso Downs.

August 11, 2013

Five of the top 10 juveniles in the weekly national poll, headed by top-ranked Big Biz Perry, are set for the two days of trials to the Grade 1, $2.6 million All American Futurity on Thursday and Friday at Ruidoso Downs.

The All American Futurity has the largest purse of any 2-year-old race in North America.

The horses with the five-fastest times from the 14 trials on Thursday will join the prospects with the five-fastest times from 14 trials on Friday in the 440-yard final of American Quarter Horse racing’s showcase event on Labor Day. This is the first year with two days of trials and the total of 28 trials breaks last year’s record of 26 trials.

First post time for each of the two trial days will be 11 a.m. MT.

The times of the top-three finishers will be tweeted from @RuiPressBox as soon as they are approved by the officials.

Jose Espinosa’s Big Biz Perry brings her number-one ranking in the AQHARacing.com-Horseplayernow.com national poll into the 12th trial on the Thursday card. The member of the deep Blane Wood-trained 2-year-old contingent earned her top ranking with a 30-1 upset win in the Grade 1, $1,075,000 Heritage Place Futurity in her most recent start on June 1. The Mr Jess Perry-sired filly was sent off at the very long odds despite winning her maiden by two lengths in her Heritage Place Futurity trial.

Ricky Ramirez will have the mount on Big Biz Perry and all of the leading Wood-trained runners.

Big Biz Perry drew the eighth post position.

Wood, with 28 trial entrants, will also saddle and Ramirez will also ride the fourth-ranked Especially Tres.

Jim Pitts’ Especially Tres is undefeated from three starts and put on one of the most impressive displays of the Ruidoso Downs’ summer season in her only start at the track. The Dashair daughter won her John Deere Ruidoso Downs Juvenile Challenge (G3) trial in :17.011 and nearly broke Planet Holland’s 350-yard track record. She easily won by 3 ¼ lengths under Ramirez, and her connects opted to bypass the final of that race for the All American trials.

Especially Tres won the Grade 2 Sam Houston Futurity by 1 ½ lengths back in April before coming to Ruidoso Downs.

Especially Tres drew the fifth post position in the second trial on Thursday.

Rose Webb’s homebred WR Golden Eagle holds the fifth-position in the national poll after winning the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity and then preparing for the All American Futurity trials with a 1 ¾-length allowance win over the Ruidoso Downs strip for trainer John Stinebaugh. The One Famous Eagle daughter showed her grit in the West Texas Futurity back in April at Sunland Park when she won by a head in a very fast :14.862 for 300 yards.

Stinebaugh will have Esgar Ramirez in the saddle when they start from the seventh post position in the 13th trial on the Thursday.

Reliance Ranches’ seventh-ranked Coronado Cartel won the $720,000 Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity (R) by a nose to gain national recognition and then finished second to Rocked Up in a Rainbow Futurity (G1) trial. Rocked Up recorded the fastest time on the second day of Rainbow Futurity trials.

Trained by Eddie Willis, Coronado Cartel is in the 10th trial on Thursday with have Jimmy Dean Brooks aboard.

Racing for R.D. Hubbard, Tom Maher and Johnny Cope, Hes Relentless holds the number-nine ranking after racing to a close second-place finish in the Heritage Place Futurity, beaten by just a head. The One Famous Eagle son trained by Amber Blair was the even-money choice in the Heritage Place Futurity after dominating his trial by 4 ¼ lengths.

One of five $50,000 supplemental nominees to enter the trials, Hes Relentless will have regular rider Cody Rodger Smith aboard with the third post position in Thursday’s eighth trial.

The other supplemental nominees are Richard Frandsen’s homebred SS Paydirt, Joe Mills’ homebred Skuze Pleeze, Antonio Delgado Jr.’s homebred AD Nadaes Facil and Ellen Kennedy Living Trust’s Houdini.

SS Paydirt dominated the Northwest while crossing the finish line first in each of his four outs. However, he was disqualified from the win in the Restricted Grade 3 Bitterroot Futurity. The Carters Cartel gelding won the John Deere Les Bois Park Juvenile Challenge as the odds-on favorite in his latest start.

Trainer Blaine Hadley will have B. Russel Hadley in the saddle when they start from the 10th post position in the fifth race on the Friday.

Skuze Pleeze is undefeated from three starts, all at Remington Park, for trainer Tana Pace. The Dashin Bye gelding capped his three wins with a 1 ¼-length win in the Easy Jet Stakes (RG3) over Oklahoma-breds.

G.R. Carter Jr. rides Skuze Pleeze in the fourth trial on the Friday.

AD Nadaes Facil was second to Especially Tres’ impressive effort in the Sam Houston Futurity, his most recent start. He won his Sam Houston Futurity trial in his career debut by one-half length.

Trainer Judd Kearl has Rodrigo Aceves aboard with the sixth post position in the fourth race on Thursday.

The Luis Villafranco-trained Houdini was second by a nose behind Coronado Cartel the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity and then rolled to a 1 ½-length win in his Rainbow Futurity trial, his only Ruidoso Downs’ start.

Cody Jensen rides Houdini when they start from the second post position in the first trial on the Thursday.

For complete Ruidoso Downs’ information, go to www.raceruidoso.com and visit the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino Facebook page. For All American Futurity/Derby insights, check out allamerican-ruidoso.com.