Jimmy Brooks Picks A Toss Up

Brooks picks A Toss Up over BPs Jumpin Frisco.

By Greg Thompson
August 28, 2012

A Toss Up

Jockey Jimmy D. Brooks qualified both BPs Jumpin Frisco, the fastest qualifier for the 2012 All American Derby (G1) and A Toss Up, a multiple graded stakes winner this year. According to his agent, Scott Guy, Brooks has made the decision to ride A Toss Up in the finals for the $2,234,539 Grade 1 event on Sunday.

Being the first call rider for the Eddie Willis barn, Brooks has had the luxury of having the opportunity to make choices on multiple qualifiers in stakes situations. For Willis trainees, that has happened often in racing calendar of 2012 thus far.

On March 4, Brooks watched as jockey David Pinon rolled to victory in the Eastex Handicap (G2) at Remington Park, while he was aboard Thru The Fire. On April 14, 2012, Pinon again guided A Toss Up to victory in the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Derby, as Brooks opted to ride BPs Jumpin Frisco in the finals after having qualified them both in the trials.

Since that victory, Brooks has been A Toss Up's only pilot in every start. With the choice of two qualifiers for the All American Derby, the rider’s preference of which horse to ride is a glaring fact.

The choice to ride A Toss Up leaves the No. 1 qualifier BPs Jumpin Frisco in need of a rider. As of press time, the decision of who will pick up the mount hasn’t been decided. In multiple situations that have arisen in 2012 in stakes events where there were multiple Willis entries, David Pinon and Roy Brooks have gotten the call.

A Toss Up has earned $288,107 from 13 career starts. His sire Sweet First Down is a Grade 1-placed son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash who earned $146,374 in his racing career. From six crops to race, Sweet First Down has sired the earners of more than $2.9 million. A Toss Up’s dam is the graded stakes competing Shake Cartel, who earned $24,674 in her race career. She has produced three starters, all of whom are winners. Led by A Toss Up, she has also produced stakes-placed runners Miss Okey (by Okey Dokey Dale, $46,504) and Cartel Dynasty (by FDD Dynasty, $54,151). A Toss Up is owned by James Sills and Abel Flores, and was bred by James Sills in Oklahoma.

Starting off a full card of All American Derby trials with a strong race on trial day, BPs Jumpin Frisco defeated Linda Tee Fire and Lotta Love For Robyn to post the fastest qualifying time. The gelding was a finalist in the Los Alamitos Two Million Futurity (G1), third in the Heritage Place Derby (G2), and third in the Remington Park Oklahoma-Bred Derby (R).

BPs Jumpin Frisco’s sire, Jumpn, placed in the top three 12-times in his 20 career starts, with earnings of $187,555. His stakes appearances include a win in the Los Alamitos Million Juvenile Invitational (RG3), second place finish in the Grade 1 Kindergarten Futurity, and second place finish in the Golden State Derby. From four crops to race, Jumpn has sired the earners of more than $1.2 million.

BPs Jumpin Frisco is out of a Dash For Cash mare named Frisco Fling. He has earned $296,078 in 13 career starts. He was bred in Oklahoma by his owner Bill Price.