PJ Chick In Black, with a time of :21.081, pushed her record to five wins from five starts on Thursday, August 16, at Ruidoso Downs, while setting the fastest-qualifying time to the 440-yard, $2,400,000 All American Futurity.
Horses with the 10-fastest times from the 26 trial races will compete for a guaranteed $1,200,000 first-place check in the All American Futurity, which offers the richest purse for any two-year-old race in North America, regardless of breed.
Owned by Dennis Bowen, Susan Taylor and Jack Smith Farms, and ridden by Esgar Ramirez, PJ Chick In Black won her trial by 5 3/4-lengths, by far the biggest winning margin of the day,
“She just finally put together a perfect race,” said co-owner Bowen. “She’s a whale of a horse.”
Bred by Fredda Draper and initially trained by Fredda’s husband, Carl Draper, PJ Chick In Black won her Ruidoso Futurity trial, then took the Ruidoso Futurity by a neck over Krash Cartel, who was the third-fastest qualifier to the All American Futurity. Following the Ruidoso Futurity, Draper sold her interest in the Desirio-sired filly to Jack Smith Farms, who moved her to trainer John Stinebaugh’s barn. Steinbaugh, with three of the 10 finalists, also trains Krash Kartel, as well as fourth-fastest qualifier Just Wanna Corona.
PJ Chick In Black began her career racing against New Mexico-bred competition. Following her decisive win in the $110,000 New Mexican Spring Futurity at Sunland Park, her owners paid a $15,000 supplemental fee to enter her in the trials for the $600,000 Ruidoso Futurity. Her $300,000 first-place check in the Ruidoso Futurity helped pay a $50,000 supplemental fee to enter the All American Futurity trials.
“If she’s the favorite, it works; she is training outstanding,” said Bowen, referring to PJ Chick In Black’s probable favorite status in the All American Futurity, where even if she finished last, she would earn $70,000.
Joining PJ Chick In Black in the All American Futurity on Labor Day, Monday, September 3, are Grade 1 winners One Dashing Eagle and BP Cartels Alibi. Ed Burke Million winner One Dashing Eagle came through in the 26th and final trial with a half-length win and the six-fastest qualifying time of :21.369.
One Dashing Eagle, One Famous Eagle, has three wins and one second from four career starts and is trained by Jose De La Torre for San Gregorio Racing Stables.
BP Cartels Alibi, winner of the $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity, finished in a dead heat All American Futurity trial win with Aha Moment. They share the seventh-fastest qualifying time of :21.385.
Trained by Blane Wood for Raymundo Villareal Jr, BP Cartels Alibi, by Corona Cartel, was making his Ruidoso Downs debut and his first start since winning the Heritage Place Futurity by a head on May 26.
Here is the complete field of the 2012 All American Futurity by qualifying times: PJ Chick In Black (:21.081), Jess A Zoomin (:21.246), Krash Cartel (:21.251), Just Wanna Corona (:21.286), Native Tea Rose (:21.358), One Dashing Eagle (:21.369), Aha Moment (:21.385), BP Cartels Alibi (:21.385), Mr Perry Cartel (:21.400) and Sudden Thoughts (:21.404).