The horses with the 10-fastest times from the 440-yard trials qualify to race in the $2.4 million All American Futurity on Labor Day. The All American Futurity is the world’s richest quarter horse race and carries the largest purse for any horse race for two-year-olds in North America.
The top-five juveniles at Ruidoso Downs preparing for the All American Futurity, in ranking order, are One Dashing Eagle, Carters Cookie, PJ Chick In Black, BP Cartels Alibi and Lota PYC.
On Tuesday morning, $1 million Ed Burke Million winner One Dashing Eagle took his first serious strides on the Ruidoso Downs track when he drilled 330 yards from the gate in 16.84 seconds. The One Famous Eagle son earned his number-one ranking after winning the Ed Burke Futurity at Los Alamitos Race Course by one-and-one-quarter lengths as the 3-2 favorite.
Mark Allen, Leonard Blach and Butch Southway’s second-ranked Carters Cookie is two-for-two for trainer Mike Joiner and won the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity on July 22. The gelding dominated by one-and-one-quarter lengths over the highly regarded Vancouver Moon, another All American Futurity trial probable entrant.
Ruidoso Futurity winner PJ Chick In Black posted a 220-yard turn-and-work in 11.51 seconds for new trainer John Stinebaugh on July 19. She is undefeated from four starts with a win in the New Mexican Spring Futurity to go with her $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity victory. She is owned by Denny Bowen, Susan Taylor, Jack Smith and Lynne Smith.
Raymundo Villareal Jr’s Heritage Place Futurity winner BP Cartels Alibi turned in a 16.96 work for 330 yards from the gate on Sunday morning at Ruidoso Downs. The Corona Cartel son won the $1.04 million Heritage Place Futurity for trainer Trey Wood by a head on May 26.
Steve Holt’s Lota PYC, undefeated from three starts, turned in a 17.06 work for 330 yards from the gate on July 26. The Rodney Reed trained son of PYC Paint Your Wagon won the Remington Park Oklahoma-bred Futurity by two-and-one-quarter lengths as the even-money favorite in his most recent start on April 14.
PJ Chick In Black and BP Cartels Alibi would each need to be supplemented at a cost of $50,000 to enter the All American Futurity trials.