All American Countdown, Friday, September 1, 2017
The first day racing began at 12:30 Friday afternoon. There were four quarter horse races on the program for All American enthusiasts to enjoy while gearing up for the big races over the holiday weekend.
Later in the evening, the parking lot was overflowing with people attending the 2017 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale that began after the races at the Ruidoso Downs Sales Pavilion.
The top 5 sellers from only 50 head brought in a total of $420,000 – including the high seller of of $175,000, three being fillies and two were colts.
- Hip #28 The Divas Dynasty - Filly (Corona Cartel- Kates Dynasty) – Consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt and purchased by James Bailey for $175,000
- Hip #40 Jess Macho Corona – Colt (Corona Cartel- Jess Send Me) – Consigned by Robicheaux Ranch Inc., for Turner Farms and repurchased for $72,000
- Hip #50 MS Talks Alot - Filly (First Down Dash- Forever Bradgelina) – Consigned by Vista Equine Colorado, LLC for Beauprez, Bradbury & Bradbury and repurchased for $62,000
- Hip #5 Rustys Miracle - Filly (Valiant Hero- Rustys Lil Lady) – Consigned by Lazy E Ranch LLC, for Bob and Jerry Gaston and purchased by Doug May for $61,000
- Hip #47 Tempting Special - Colt (Tempting Dash- Eyema Special Candy) – Consigned by Robicheaux Ranch, Inc. for Simmons Racing repurchased for $55,000
Many familiar faces sat ringside in the sale barn including Gary and Pat Kurz, Mark Brown, Vince Genco, and Esgar Ramirez, jockey of 2016 All American Futurity winner Imperial Eagle.
Richard Chamberlain, with the American Quarter Horse Association was in good spirits and said, “It is so nice to be in Ruidoso. The weather is great and it is nice to see so many outstanding horses in one place. It looks to be a great weekend for the All American races.”
John Blackwell of Victoria, Texas, said, “Ruidoso is a fun place to come to watch some great horse races and look for a nice prospect. Victoria was hit pretty hard in the hurricane, so I feel bad not being home right now, but I know next week we’ll be back at it at home. But for now, we will definitely enjoy being here.”
Roger Daly stated, “So far things are going well down here in Ruidoso, and it looks like it’s going to be a really nice weekend.”
Mindy McArthur spoke about the silent auction for the Sam Thompson Memorial Foundation scholarship fund saying, “We have so many fantastic donations this year. It’s been amazing, from a suite and backside tour of Churchhill Downs to a handmade charcoal grill. It’s wonderful to see all of the continued support.”
The night took a turn to the interesting side when after hip number 50 went through the sale ring, the tote board lost power along with one of the barns. The sale came to a halt as repairs were attempted to restore power to continue the sale. After some time it became apparent that it was not a breaker malfunction as an announcement was made that the city of Ruidoso was experiencing a power outage in the lines leading to the sale pavilion. The decision was ultimately made to cancel the rest of the sale for the evening.
It was decided that the Saturday session would begin at 4:30 p.m. to allow time for the remaining Friday session consignments to be sold before Saturday’s Session II began. The regular schedule for the Session III will resume on Sunday.
Saturday brings even more All American Festivities. Stay tuned in to SPEEDHORSE for more!