All American Countdown, Thursday, August 31
Thursday kicked off the countdown to the 2017 All American Futurity Weekend, getting the festivities off to a good start. Midmorning Thursday, the connections to the qualifying horses gathered in the All American Turf Club for brunch and for the post-position draw for the All American Futurity & Derby. After they checked in, the draw process began. Tim Keithley, Director of Marketing emceed the event, while Annelle Reynolds, Nominations Secretary, Violet Smith, NMSRC Steward, Johnny Montes, Racing Secretary and Adriana Anguiano supervised the process of the qualifiers choosing their post positions. Everyone took a break to enjoy the buffet style brunch and then returned to select the post positions for the Futurity & Derby finals. While some were choosing their positions for the next All American winner, onlookers around the corner in the sale barn were getting a glimpse at the prospects in the Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale before the three-day event begins Friday evening.
Futurity Draw Order and Jockey Position
(4 of the 10 contestants were Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale Graduates)
The 440-yard All American Futurity offers the world’s largest purse for 2 year olds, regardless of breed. For the third consecutive year, the All American Futurity winner’s share of the $3 million dollar purse is $1.5 million.
1 – Mr Secret Glory (Ricky Ramirez)
2 – Dash For Stone (Roberto Valero) – $34,000 TQHA Yearling Sale
3 – Believe Me Irene (Jose Luis Enriquez) – $8,000 HP Yearling
4 – Hes Limitless (Agustin Silva) – $105,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
5 – Uptown Dynasty (Cipriano Uscanga Vidana) – $65,000 HP Yearling
6 – Fly Baby Fly (Jose Amador Alvarez) – $180,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
7 – Bigg Daddy (G.R. Carter, Jr.) – $25,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
8 - Hawkeye (Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo)
9 - Hotstepper (Cody Jensen) – $63,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
10 – Shakem Bye Perry (Omar Reyes) – $14,000 TQHA Yearling
Derby Draw Order and Jockey Position
(4 of the 10 contestants were Ruidoso Sale Graduates)
This year the 440-yard All American Derby has a $1,365,907 million dollar purse, which is the largest of any Quarter Horse derby. The largest of which was in 2013 with a purse of $2.8 million.
1 - Duponte (Jose Amador Alvarez) – $6,700 TQHA Yearling Sale
2 – Elicity (Esgar Ramirez)
3 – Myst Fit (Ricky Ramirez) – $19,000 Heritage Place Yearling Sale
4 – De La Eagle (Tanner Thedford) – $21,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
5 – The Marfa Lights (Larry Payne) – $145,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
6 – Majestic Eagle (G.R. Jockey, Jr.) – $51,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
7 – Hold Air Hostage (Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo) –$12,700 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale
8 – Bellissima Chocolata (Jose Montoya) –$300,000 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale
9 – One Sweet Racy (Raul Ramirez, Jr.) – $110,000 Heritage Place Yearling Sale
10 – Machismo Moon (Mauro Salcedo) –$20,000 New Mexico Bred Yearling Sale
Later that day, many prospective buyers lined the sale barn area at Ruidoso Downs Thursday evening to preview Lazy E's approximately 119 Yearlings for the 2017 Sale. Butch Wise emceed the event while Sarah Gammill of Lazy E assisted. Guests were provided chilled beverages and a ringside view of the sale yearlings.
Trainer Rick Amandero was one of the horsemen at the sale barn Thursday getting an early glimpse at the sale yearlings before the event starts. “I train out of New Mexico primarily so I’ve been here in Ruidoso Downs for the Quarter Horse meet and had several horses in the All American trial races. I’m looking for prospects to bring along and the selection here at the Select Sale is always nice," Amandero said.
Skylar Davis is the New Mexico Brand Inspector. “We go through each horse here at the Select Sale and verify all their markings, check for brands and verify that the horses are correct,” says Davis, about their role here at the sale.
Be sure to check back tomorrow for more updates and photos of the sale and races of the 2017 All American Countdown.