All American Countdown, Friday, September 1, 2017

Posted by Speedhorse on 09/02/2017
Starting gates for Race #4, a two-year-old New Mexico Bred Maiden
Big Blue Cartel prior to winning his two-year-old maiden race
Denali Hawk, ridden by Tanner Thedford, leads the pack after coming in 2nd in his Maiden
Horse ready to break through the gate
Jockeys on break between races
Mauro Salcedo leads Sea Salt Van to the finish line in race 1, an 870 yard claiming
Miss Llano Senator under Sergio Becerra, Jr. finishes 2nd in a two-year-old maiden claiming
Palomino Paint pony horse owned by Harvey Baeza
Pass Big Daddy in the paddock for trainer Trey Wood
Pony rider petting horse
Pony rider
Flashy Tres, ridden by Oscar Cordova, placed 2nd in the New Mexico Bred Two-Year-Old Maiden
Steven Musso couldn't decide which flavor was best, so he went with both
Tribal Smoke, under Adrian Ramos, wins the his two year old maiden claiming
High Seller Hip#28 The Divas Dynasty, consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt sold for $175,000 to Dr. James Bailey.
2nd Hi Seller Hip #40 Jess Macho Corona, consigned by Lazy E Ranch, Inc, Agent, for Turner Farms, sold for $72,000
3rd Highest Seller Hip #50 Ms Talks Alot, consigned by Vista Equine Colorado, LLC, for Beauprez, Bradbury & Bradbury sold for $62,000
4th highest seller, Hip #5 Rustys Miracle, consigned by Bob & Jerry Gaston, Lazy E Ranch, Agent, LLC, sold for $61,000
Brian Rigby & John Henderson
Darian Ross, Sally Turner & Kathy Murphy, Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale staff
Dave Nelson keeping a close eye on things during the sale
Jimmy Harrel signs Hip #13's ticket for Sally Turner of Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
Lance Powers & Matt Sellers
Ringmen Ty McClary, Don Frailey, Bob Franke & Auctioneer Wade Cunningham
The Sam Thompson Memorial Foundation Youth Scholarship Fund had an enormous amount of donations this year for the All American Weekend Silent Auction
Adriana Gonzalez & Moses Sandoval
Celina Molina's Granddaughter Izabella Avilez
Celina Molina's Grandson Sebastian Avilez
Charles and Carolyn & Moyer Adrian and Jenni Nanez
Christian & Mason Sterhan
Dolores and Gerardo Ochoa
Efrain Mercado, Jesus Baybosa & Alfredo Mercado
Fredda Draper looking at one of the many nice yearlings consigned to the sale
Gene Melton & Ester Yarborough
Jeremy and Chelsea Galloway
JJ and Antoinette Gonzales, Zeus and Kaelee Montano
Juan Gonzalez & Juan Gonzalez, Jr.
Kalah Welch, Tanya Flock & Julie Schoenhofer
Leon Bard, John Stinebaugh & John Buchanan
Mark Brown & Gordon Kimberling
Oscar Aguilar Vicente Rodriguez
Paulina Rojero & Stephanie Harrison
Priscilla and Rick Templeman
Rodrigo Vallejo
Sandra Rodriguez Eric Rogers
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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!

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