All American Countdown, Monday, September 4

Posted by Speedhorse on 09/04/2017
Champion Ochoa at attention prior to the All American Futurity
Ochoa, ridden by Chris Littlefield and The Zia Star a 21-year-old gelding, ridden by outrider Mike Mitchell, leading the post parade for his 14th and final time
The masses of race fans in and on top of the crowded grandstands roared out a shout when Fly Baby Fly crossed the All American Futurity finish line
The crowd was thick at Ruidoso
Fly Baby Fly, ridden by Jose Alvarez, wins the All American Futurity
Fly Baby Fly, winner of the All American Futurity – Bennie & Terri Jeter and Dena Todd of Fly Baby Fly Partnership – owners, Jimmy Padgett, II – trainer, Jose Alvarez – jockey
Fly Baby Fly's All American garland of roses
Jimmy Padgett, trainer of Fly Baby Fly, celebrates his All American Futurity win after bowling over Mike Richie, whose wife Dena Todd is a partner in Fly Baby Fly Partnership
Jose Alvarez, jockey on Fly Baby Fly, gets a group hug from Bennie & Terri Jeter of Fly Baby Fly Partnership
Jimmy Padgett hugs Jose Alvarez after winning the All American Futurity
Samantha Alvarez, Raul Herrera, Jose Alvarez and Hilda Ortega
Jesse Lane, under Rodrigo Vallejo, wins the All American Juvenile
Jesse Lane, winner of the All American Juvenile, Janis and Mac Murray of MJ Farms – owners, Jimmy Padgett, II – trainer, Rodrigo Vallejo – jockey
Connections of Jesse Lane, winner of the All American Juvenile, Rodrigo Vallejo, jockey; Shaun Hubbard, President of Ruidoso Downs Race Track; Mac & Janis Murray of MJ Farms, owner; Jimmy Padgett, trainer
Janis & Mac Murray of MJ Farms, owner of Jesse Lane, winner of the All American Juvenile
Sammy James was an unexpected sight at Ruidoso Downs following a 6 year retirement after winning the Mountain Top Futurity in 2011
Taleas Pride, under Adrian Ramos, wins the Stars and Stripes Quarter Horse NM Bred Claiming Stake
Taleas Pride, winner of the Stars and Stripes Quarter Horse NM Bred Claiming Stake, Eusebio Sanchez – owner, Gaston Valenzuela – trainer, Adrian Ramos – jockey
Jockey Jose Enrique Ortiz aboard WDC Cowboys Like Us returns to the winner’s circle after winning the Tribute To The Troops QH Claiming Stake
WDC Cowboys Like Us, winner of the Tribute to the Troops QH Claiming Stake, Guadalupe Hernandez – owner, Everardo Hernandez – trainer, Jose Ortiz – jockey
The $135,395 Rio Grande Senor TB Futurity for Colts and Geldings winner was Wheredoesthecashgo, ridden by Miguel T. Fuentes
Shawn Davis, General Manager of the PRCA, smiled for the camera. He is part owner of Heart Of Valor, winner of the Labor Day TB Claiming Stake, Race #5, in Monday’s program
G.R. Carter, Jr., Dr. Charles Graham, Tuff Hedeman and Darrell Haire chat it up before the big races begin
AQHA President Ralph Seekins and his wife Connie came from Alaska to be a part of the All American Weekend festivities
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The traffic was moving slow getting to Ruidoso Downs Race Track on Labor Day for the much anticipated $3,000,000 All American Quarter Horse Futurity-G1.

There were 12 races scheduled at Ruidoso Downs, but race 10 was the one everyone had been waiting for. The two top Quarter Horse races for the day were the All American Futurity-G1 and All American Juvenile. Chris Littlefield rode 2011 All American Futurity Winner & 2012 All American Derby Winner Ochoa in the Post Parade of the All American Futurity.

The All American Futurity-G1 is for two year olds who have qualified for the finals from 2 days of trials with the top 5 times from each day. The winner, Fly Baby Fly, has 3 wins from five starts with this being her first stakes win. She clocked a time of :21.492 setting a 92 speed index. The order of finish is as follows…

1. Fly Baby Fly, f, (One Famous Eagle-Higher Fire), earning $1,500,000

Fly Baby Fly Partnership, Owner/James B. Padgett II, Trainer/Jose Alvarez, Jockey

2. Bigg Daddy, g, (Big Daddy Cartel-Alice K White), earning $450,000

Too For Two, Owner/Wesley Giles, Trainer/G R Carter Jr, Jockey

3. Hotstepper, g, (One Famous Eagle-Pandorum), earning $255,000

Johnny D. Cope, R. D. Hubbard, Rafter W Stables & H. Southway, Owners/C. Dwayne Gilbreath, Trainer/Cody Jensen, Jockey

4. Hes Limitless, g, (Corona Cartel-PJ Chick In Black), earning $195,000

Jack Smith Farms, Owner/John Stinebaugh, Trainer/Agustin Silva, Jockey

5. Mr Secret Glory, g, (Hez Our Secret-Eye Of Glory), earning $150,000

Johnny Trotter, Owner/Trey Wood, Trainer/Ricky Ramirez, Jockey

6. Uptown Dynasty, g, (Mr Jess Perry-Ms Southern Dynasty), earning $120,000

Melvin Neugebauer, Owner/Wesley Giles, Trainer/Cipriano Vidana, Jockey

7. Shakem Bye Perry, g, (First Prize Perry-Shakem Bye), earning $105,000

Jose J. Espinoza, Owner/Pedro A. Lopez, Trainer/Omar Reyes, Jockey

8.  Hawkeye, c, (One Dashing Eagle-No Fees), earning $90,000

Bobby D. Cox, Owner/James B. Padgett II, Trainer/Rodrigo Vallejo, Jockey

9. Dash For Stone, g, (Tempting Dash-Lassie O Toole), earning $75,000

Rancho La Cobra, Owner/Daniel Luna, Trainer/Roberto Valero, Jockey

10. Believe Me Irene, f, (Valiant Hero-Financial Leverage), earning $60,000

Diamond Racing Stables LLC. Owner/Shae L. Cox, Trainer/Jose Enriquez, Jockey


Race 8, the $200,000 All American Juvenile was held for the fastest five from 2 days of trials that did not qualify to the All American Futurity-G1. Jesse Lane clocked a :21.497 time to win the Juvenile. The order of finish is as follows…


1. Jesse Lane, g, (Jesse James Jr-Champagne Lane)

MJ Farms, Owner/J Padgett II, Trainer/R. Vallejo, Jockey

2. My Southern Dynasty, c, (FDD Dynasty-Southern Fling)

Dunn Ranch, Owner/T. Wood, Trainer/R. Ramirez, Jockey

3. One Quick Wagon, g, (PYC Paint Your Wagon-One Quick Cookie)

Bennie & Terri Jeter, Owner/J. Padgett II, Trainer/J. Alvarez, Jockey

4. He Be Flashy, g, (First Moonflash-Seven Coronas)

Jack Manning, Beth Cobb, Diane Norwood, Owners/J. Cooper, Trainer/M. Gutierrez, Jockey

5. Overhauling, g, (Feature Mr Bojangles-Brickyard Lane)

Derrol Hubbard, Lee Lewis, Owner/M. Joiner, Trainer/C. Jensen, Jockey

6. Tough Dynasty 123, g, (FDD Dynasty-Hot Cash 123)

Carolyn C. Bay, Owner/C. Dwayne Gilbreath, Trainer/J. Montoya, Jockey

7. Papaws Paint, g, (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Heavenly Trip)

R H Resources, Debra Robertson, et al, Owners/T. Fincher, Trainer/B. Perez, Jockey

8. Jessica Alexandra, f, (Apollitical Jess-Phoebe Wallingford)

Joyce Darlene Erickson, Owner/D. McArthur, Trainer/L. Martinez, Jockey

9. Trace Dynasty, f, (FDD Dynasty-Wowzer Won)

Kathleen O. Matey, Owner/C. Crawford, Trainer/G.R. Carter Jr, Jockey

10. Time To Jazz, g, (One Sweet Jess-Baja Jazz)

Ugo De La Torre, Owner/M. Loza, Trainer/R. Ramirez Jr, Jockey

There were three other Quarter Horse races on the program, a maiden, the $30,000 Stars & Stripes Quarter Horse New Mexico Bred Claiming Stakes and the $30,000 Quarter Horse Claiming Stakes. Taleas Pride under Gaston Valenzuela took the Stars & Stripes Quarter Horse New Mexico Bred Claiming Stakes and WDC Cowboys Like Us ridden by Jose Enrique Ortiz won the Tribute to the Troops Quarter Horse Claiming Stakes.

Also on the program were two Thoroughbred stakes races. The $135,395 Rio Grande Senor TB Futurity for Colts and Geldings. The winner was Wheredoesthecashgo, ridden by Miguel T. Fuentes. The $50,000 Ruidoso New Mexico TB Championship Handicap was won by Mr. Mooch, ridden by J.C. Villanueva.

Also included in the day’s announcements were the 2017 Ruidoso Meet Leaders. The 2017 Leading QH Jockey of the Meet is Ricky Ramirez, Leading QH Trainer of the Meet is Trey Wood and Leading QH Owner of the Meet is Paragon Farms, LLC (Thomas Lipar).

The All American Weekend is a journey to remember. The Speedhorse All American Countdown is created to show you the journey through photography for those who could not attend or those who would like to remember. We had fun creating these memories. We’ll see ya next year on the mountain!

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