One Dashing Eagle, who made history by winning three million-dollar futurities and setting a single-season earnings record of $2,079,065, has been named the 2012 World Champion Racing American Quarter Horse, as well as champion 2-year-old and champion 2-year-old colt.
Owned by Jose and Gustavo De La Torre with Jorge Carmonaâ€™s San Gregorio Racing Stable of Norco, California, One Dashing Eagle won six of seven races at two, including the $2.4 million All American Futurity (G1), $1,073,000 Golden State Million Futurity (G1) and $1,001,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1). He joins a select group of 10 horses chosen as world champion in their freshman year, with the most recent being Stolis Winner in 2008.
Bred by the Allred Bros. of Mesa, Arizona, One Dashing Eagle is by champion and leading freshman sire One Famous Eagle and out of the First Down Dash mare One Sweet Dash. His trainers include Jose and Ugo De La Torre and Eloy Navarro, and his jockeys include Ramon Sanchez and Adrian Loza.
PJ Chick In Black, the winner of the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and New Mexican Spring Futurity (RG2), was named champion 2-year-old filly. Trained by Carl Draper and John Stinebaugh, and ridden by Esgar Ramirez, PJ Chick In Black won five of six starts and earned $523,339. Bred by Fredda Draper of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico, and owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms of El Paso, Texas, the New Mexico-bred is by Desirio and out Eddie Jym, by Corona Cocktail.
Champion 2-year-old gelding El Duero won the West Texas Futurity (G1) and was second by a nose in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1). Trained by Toby Keeton and ridden by Agustin Silva, G.R. Carter Jr. and Francisco Ramirez, the Oak Tree Special son earned $285,378, with a record of one win and three seconds in four starts. Bred by Jorge Haddad of Seguin, Texas, El Duero is owned by Joel Valeriano, Sammy Valeriano and Lionel Zapataâ€™s R/T Stables of Odessa, Texas.
Ochoa, 2011 champion 2-year-old and 2-year-old gelding, became the sportâ€™s all-time leading money earner, with more than $2.6 million, and was also named 2012 champion 3-year-old and champion 3-year-old gelding. The winner of six of eight starts in 2012, Ochoa won the All American Derby (G1) and Rainbow Derby (G1), while earning $1,375,541. Owned by his breeders, John T.L. and Brenda Jones, Quanah, Texas, in partnership with Monte and Katsy Cluck and Doug Benson, Ochoa is by Tres Seis, out of Stolis Fortune, by Stoli, and was trained by C. Dwayne â€śSleepyâ€ť Gilbreath and ridden by Roy Baldillez.
Other 2012 AQHA racing champions include:
Champion 3-year-old colt – Hez Our Secret, by First Down Dash. Owned by Johnny Trotter, trained by Blane and Trey Wood, and ridden by Ricky Ramirez, Hez Our Secret had a record of 3-2-1 in 8 starts, with earnings of $630,252.
Champion 3-year-old filly – Flame N Flash, by Walk Thru Fire. Owned by Robert Williams, trained by Juan Aleman and Elena Andrade, and ridden by Francisco Rubio, Flame N Flash had a record of 4-1-1 in 8 starts, with earnings of $353,756.
Champion aged gelding and champion aged horse – Rylees Boy, by Heza Motor Scooter. Owned by Lorena Velazquez Rodriguez, trained by Paul Jones and Gerardo Ochoa, and ridden by Ramon Sanchez and Joe Ruiz, 7-year-old Rylees Boy had a record of 4-1-0 in 7 starts, with earnings of $609,685.
Champion aged stallion – Prospect To The Top, by Coronas Prospect. Owned by Joel Tavarez, trained by Ralph Muniz, Mario Sanchez and Brandon Muniz, and ridden by Oscar Rincon, 4-year-old Prospect To The Top had a record of 3-1-0, with earnings of $275,500.
Champion aged mare – Fredaville, by Mr Jess Perry. Owned by the late Robert Gentry, trained by Juan Aleman, Cody Joiner, Matt Frazier and Clint Crawford, and ridden by G.R. Carter Jr., Francisco Rubio and Shanley Jackson, 6-year-old Fredaville had a record of 3-1-3 in 7 starts, with earnings of $131,920.
Champion distance horse – All About Larry, Heza Motor Scooter. Owned by Diane Heath, trained by John Stinebaugh and Tom Bartol, and ridden by Salvador Martinez, Jorge Carreno and Ry Eikelberry, 5-year-old All About Larry had a record of 6-1-0 in 8 starts, with earnings of $144,490.
Champion owners – Jose and Gustavo De La Torre, owners of world champion One Dashing Eagle. With a three-horse stable, the De La Torres earned $2,079,965, with six wins in 11 starts.
Champion breeders – Jerry, Harvey and Dale Allred, breeders of One Dashing Eagle. The Allred Bros. bred horses that earned $2,491,469 in 2012, while winning 14 of 50 races.
Champion trainer – Paul Jones earned the trainer title for the 11th consecutive year. In 2012, his runners earned $4,487,221 with 167 wins from 905 starts, making him the leader in money earned and in number of wins.
Champion jockey – G.R. Carter Jr. earned his 10th national riding title. In 2012, he rode the earners of $4,503,632, with 120 wins from 808 starts. He was the leading jockey by money won, and was sixth on the list by races won.