All American Countdown, Sunday, September 3

Posted by Speedhorse on 09/04/2017
The stands fill up for the Sunday races at Ruidoso Downs
Rock A Billy, under Benito Baca, won the $20,000 Bill Reed Memorial Stake by 3 ¾ lengths
Rock A Billy winner of the Bill Reed Memorial Stakes, Rockin J Running Horses –O, Tammy Kay Johnson- T, Luis Rodriguez-J
Ridden by Ricky Ramirez, Tough To Bee wins the $100,000 First Down Dash Stakes over Imperial Eagle and Eyesa Texan
Tough to Bee winner of the First Down Dash Stakes, Paragon Farms-O, Trey Wood-T, Ricky Ramirez Jr-J
Ricky Ramirez-j, TOUGH TO BEE, winner First Down Dash Stakes
Tommy and Melany Lipar of Paragon Farms, LLC, owner TOUGH TO BEE, winner of First Down Dash Stakes
World Champion Jessies First Down wins the $200,000 All American Gold Cup-G1 by 2 ½ lengths under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo
Jessies First Down winner of the All American Gold Cup-G1, Ted G. Abrams-O, James Padgett, II-T, Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo-J
JESSIES FIRST DOWN, winner All American Gold Cup-G1, Jimmy Padgett-t and Rodrigo Vallejo-j.
Tom Dawson, Ride TV, Nancy & Ted Abrams, owner JESSIES FIRST DOWN, winner of the All American Gold Cup-G1.
Hold Air Hostage and Rodrigo Vallejo win the $1,365,908 All American Derby-G1
Hold Air Hostage winner of the All American Derby-RG1, Darling Farms-O, James Padgett, II-T, Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo-J
Jimmy Padgett and Rodrigo Vallejo celebrate after winning the All American Derby-G1
Rodrigo Vallejo is all smiles after his big win in the All American Derby-G1
Trainer Jimmy Padgett’s son and mother celebrating his wins in the All American Gold Cup-G1 and the All American Derby-G1
Colt Vessels, Alexa Gilbert, Janet VanBebber & Bonnie Vessels
Fast Gator wins the $134,770 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity under Ry Eikleberry
The Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award was presented by Speedhorse Magazine to Cesar De Alba, accepted on his behalf by Darrell Haire. Special guests present for the award presentation were Harold and Cathy Thompson, the parents of Sam Thompson.
Hip #340 Famous Strong Eagle, consigned by Grant Farms, LLC and purchased by Jose J., and Pedro Aguado Espinosa for $240,000
Hip #348 One Priceless Eagle consigned by 6666 ranch, agent for Sam W Green, and purchased by Paragon Farms, LLC for $210,000
Hip #376 Strike It Smart, consigned by Burns Ranch and purchased by Bobby D. Cox for $200,000
Hip #429 Flash and Roll, consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt and purchased by Scott Bryant for $200,000
Hip #397 Priceless Policy, consigned by 6666 Ranch, agent for Sam Green and purchased by Paragon Farms for $160,000
Artist Jim Stuckenberg
Corey Schlensker and Sharon Choney
Debbie Riley and Audra Lyon
Eric Wade, Shay and Wyatt Griffin
John Brasseaux and Ron Magnon
Julio and Kenita Ochoa and Deanna Medart
Mario Herrera, Jesus and Lidia La Luna
Mary May and Randy “Moose” Gomez
Mindy McArthur and G R Carter spinning the wheel for the Stallion Development VIP Package part of the Sam Thompson Benefit Auction
Victor Rodriguez and Polo Vasquez
Zach Hillenburg and C. C. Castillo
Trinity Flock, Denis Schoenhofer & Drew Schoenhofer
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Cars were backed up to the highway at Ruidoso Downs Race Track Sunday afternoon. Shuttles were running nonstop to take race enthusiasts to and from the track for a big day of racing. After the races were over, the third day of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale started at 6:00 p.m. Later that evening the Sam Thompson Memorial Scholarship Silent Auction came to a close. The Silent Auction donations brought in an astounding amount of $50,000. The donations go toward scholarships for Quarter Horse Racing Industry youth and adults for higher education.

Seven out of the eleven races on the program for Sunday were for Quarter Horses. The Quarter Horse stakes races, included the Bill Reed Memorial Stakes, the First Down Dash Stakes, the All American Gold Cup-G1, and the All American Derby-G1. The program also included the Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity. Between races 5 and 6, the Sam Thompson Memorial Jockey Award was presented by Speedhorse Magazine and the Jockeys' Guild. This year's winner was Cesar De Alba from Cypress, California.

The first Quarter Horse stakes race of the day was race #3, the $20,000 Bill Reed Memorial Stake. Rock A Billy (Rock Solid Jess-Imaginiff, Game Patriot) under Benito Baca, won by 3 ¾ lengths. He is bred and owned by Rockin J Running Horses and trained by Tammy Johnson. Circustown Flyer placed second and D E Wagons Strawfly placed third.

The next Quarter Horse stakes race was race #6, the $100,000 First Down Dash Stakes, for the horses that competed in the All American Derby trials and did not qualify for the finals, but had the 10 fastest times of the nonqualifiers. Tough To Bee (Apollitical Jess-Peppermint Seis, Tres Seis) made a dash for the finish line winning by a neck over Imperial Eagle and Eyesa Texan. He is bred by James and Marilyn Helzer, owned by Paragon Farms, LLC, trained by Trey Wood and ridden by Ricky Ramirez.

The third Quarter Horse stakes race on the program was race #8, the $200,000 All American Gold Cup-G1. It was comprised of a field of impressive horses, age 3 year old and upward. 2016 World Champion Jessies First Down (FDD Dynasty-Jess A Classy Lassy, Mr Jess Perry) made an authoritative win by 2 ½ lengths under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo, bred and owned by Ted G. Abrams and trained by Jimmy Padgett, II. Coming in second was Zoomin Effortlessly and placing third was Apollitical OK. Unfortunately, Zoomin Effortlessly suffered a fatal heart attack in the test barn following the race.

The ninth race on the program was the $134,770 Rio Grande Senorita Thoroughbred Futurity won by Fast Gator under Ry Eikleberry, owned and bred by J. Kirk & Judy Robison and trained by Henry Domingez. Orogrande placed second and Gone Shoppin placed third.

The final stakes race and most prestigious of the day was Race #10, the $1,365,908 All American Derby-G1. The race was won by Hold Air Hostage (Apollitical Jess-Fols Zookie Cookie, Fols Gold) under Rodrigo Vallejo and trained by Jimmy Padgett II, bred by Luis Miguel Albores Gleason and owned by Darling Farms. One Sweet Racy placed second and Duponte placed third.

After the races were finished, everyone shuttled back to their cars to make the short drive over to the sale barn.

The third day of the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale's top five sellers brought in $1,010,000 - 3 being colts and 2 fillies.

Hip #340 Famous Strong Eagle - colt (One Famous Eagle-Strength In Numbers) – Consigned by Grant Farms, LLC and purchased by Jose J. and Pedro Aguado Espinosa for $240,000.

Hip #348 One Priceless Eagle - colt (One Famous Eagle-Southern Price) – Consigned by 6666 Ranch, agent for Sam Green and purchased by Paragon Farms, LLC for $210,000.

Hip #376 Strike It Smart - colt (Walk Thru Fire-Jenuine Joy) – Consigned by Burns Ranch and purchased by Bobby D. Cox for $200,000.

Hip #429 Flash And Roll - filly (First Moonflash-Stylish Jess BR) – Consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt and purchased by Scott Bryant for $200,000.

Hip #397 Priceless Policy - filly (Mr Jess Perry-Southern Price) – Consigned by 6666 Ranch, agent for Sam Green and purchased by Paragon Farms for $160,000.

The highest seller of the entire three-day sale still remains Hip #110 A Galaxy Guardian – Colt (Corona Cartel – Higher Fire) - Consigned by Julianna Hawn Holt and was purchased by Judd Kearl for $320,000 on Saturday evening.

Stay tuned to the Speedhorse All American Countdown for Day One, the day we’ve all been waiting for… the All American Futurity!

 

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