Top Juveniles Clash in All American Futurity

Top juveniles to meet in All American Futurity on September 3.

August 27, 2012

PJ Chick In Black is No. 1. One Dashing Eagle is No 2. The $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1) is the world’s richest Quarter Horse race and richest for any 2-year-old race, regardless of breed, in North America.

That’s a recipe for one of the most anticipated Quarter Horse races in recent years.

Aside from the money — the winner takes home an American Quarter Horse high of $1.2 million — there is a high probability for year-end championship implications. Just a year ago, Ochoa won the All American Futurity for his sole juvenile stakes victory and was honored as the 2011 champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old gelding.

Also, don’t think this year’s renewal of the 440-yard classic as a two-horse race. It also boasts depth. In the mix is $1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner BP Cartels Alibi. That translates into three of the top-four ranked horses in the weekly AQHA National Top-10 poll.

PJ Chick In Black (Desirio-Eddie Gym by Corona Cocktail) is a New Mexico-bred. That means that goals for her career would include doing well in the very lucrative New Mexico-bred program. New Mexico-breds regularly race for six-figure purses, but are usually considered a step below the open Grade 1 horses. PJ Chick in Black’s career racing against New Mexico-breds lasted exactly two races, each at Sunland Park this spring. She won her trial, and then blasted 300 yards in :14.912 to take the $251,359 New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2).

A portion of the earnings from the New Mexican Spring Futurity went to paying the $15,000 supplemental fee to enter the filly in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trials. That meant she was jumping up to top-level open company and had paid her way to get there.

That investment paid a huge dividend. Following a stunning 3-length trial score, she held safe fastest-qualifier Krash Cartel (Corona Cartel-Race Valentine by Strawfly Special) to win the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity (G1). She was now a national force in the 2-year-old division and she would be pointed directly at the All American Futurity trials.

Meanwhile, in Southern California, One Dashing Eagle (One Famous Eagle-One Sweet Dash by First Down Dash) was starting his career with high expectations. A very well-bred colt who brought $43,000 at the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, One Dashing Eagle started his career in April with a second-place finish as the 7-10 favorite in a maiden race. He showed promise with a late run and then realized that potential in his next start.

One Dashing Eagle stepped up in the trials to the $1,041,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) and won his trial by a length with the fastest-qualifying time of :17.555 for 350 yards. He then backed up that effort with a length win in the Ed Burke Million and — at the time — the No. 1 ranking in the weekly poll.

The win also put him in the van for the trip to “the mountain” to race in the All American Futurity trials.

Owned by farrier Denny Bowen, pony person Susan Taylor and her parents, who race as Jack Smith Farms, PJ Chick In Black raced in the 24th of 26 All American Futurity trials. She gained her spot in the starting gate after her connections paid the $50,000 supplemental entry fee.

PJ Chick In Black was incredible. Granted, none of her nine trial rivals had won a race and she was a four-for-four, Grade 1-stakes winner, but her performance was amazing. Under Esgar Ramirez, she pulled away to win by 5 3/4 lengths and her time of :21.081 put her atop the qualifiers’ list for trainer John Stinebaugh.

The trial win also put her on top of the national poll with 96 votes, eight votes ahead of One Dashing Eagle.

Owned by Gustavo and Jose De La Torre with San Gregorio Racing Stables, One Dashing Eagle started in the final trial and lived up to his California form. Making his first start over the Ruidoso surface, he raced to a professional neck win and his time of :21.369 slotted him into the sixth-fastest qualifying time.

Joining the Grade 1 winners from New Mexico and California is Oklahoma’s representative, BP Cartels Alibi.

Raymundo Villarreal Jr.’s BP Cartels Alibi (Corona Cartel-My Ladys Alibi by Chicks Beduino) made three starts at Remington Park before heading to Ruidoso Downs. After a close third-place finish in his career debut for trainer Trey Wood, he shined in his Heritage Place Futurity trial with a length win and then showed his gameness as an 11-1 outsider in the Heritage Place Futurity. He fought to a nose win over West Texas Futurity (G1) winner El Duero.

On to Ruidoso, BP Cartels Alibi joined the barn of Trey’s father, Blane Wood. Racing in the 25th and next-to-final trial, BP Cartels Alibi raced on even terms with Aha Moment and they share the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :21.385.

There are few certainties in horseracing. After all, that is why the races are run. The only guarantee in this year’s All American Futurity is that it will make history with three of the top four juveniles set to compete in the race that changes their connections lives.