Sent off as the 5-2 second favorite, following a three and one-quarter lengths win in his All American trail, Apocalyptical Jess broke sharply to win the $3 million All American Futurity wire-to-wire by three-quarters of a length over second-placed Im Jess Special V. No Mires A La Luna was another nose back for third. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode Apocalyptical Jess over the 440 yards in :21.393 to take the 60th running of Quarter Horse racing’s showcase event.
Owned by Bill Robbins, Apocalyptical Jess gave trainer Blane Wood his first All American Futurity win. Blane Wood and his father Leo are the only father-son pair to have both won the All American Futurity. Leo Wood won the 1979 All American Futurity with Dan and Jolene Urschel’s Pie In The Sky.
“It’s more than I hoped for,” said Blane Wood. “We’ve been trying to do this for a long time. It’s the whole team.”
Im Jess Special V, a gelding by Jess Lips, had placed fifth in the $1 million Ruidoso Futurity and was second in his All American Futurity trial. Agustin Silva was aboard Im Jess Special V for trainer Toby Keeton and owner Valeria Racing Stables.
Maiden gelding No Mires a La Luna, by First Moonflash, was sent off by trainer Trey Ellis for owners David Valdez and Bryon Woodard and ridden by Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo.
Rainbow Futurity winner Mm Fourinthemorning, the 7-5 favorite finished fifth.