All American Futurity
All American Futurity
After a summer in which he contested each of the million-dollar futurities at Ruidoso, KJ Desparado became the king as he won the $3 million All American Futurity (G1) on a sunny Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs.
The homebred Apollitical Jess gelding broke well from Post 9 under Adrian Ramos, while Kat Eye Kylie to his outside bucked at the start and lost her rider. Uninterrupted, KJ Desparado powered forward and was in-hand late to win by a neck over FDD Scout. Sent off at 5-1 odds, they completed the 440-yards in :21.252.
Sippin Hayden was third across the line, followed by favorite and Triple Crown contender Jess Savin Candy in fourth. El Painted Eagle, Jess Dream Of Me, Jess Dealin and Press Is My Hero completed the field. Favorite Blues Man was scratched prior to the race.
This is the first All American Futurity victory for veteran trainer Wes Giles, who is one of the sport’s all-time leading training with career earnings of more than $27 million.
The Arizona-bred gelding began his career at Turf Paradise, running fourth in the AQRA Turf Paradise Open Spring Futurity in April. He came to Ruidoso and was sixth in the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and then seventh in the Rainbow Futurity (G1). He was the fastest qualifier to the All American Futurity on Day 1 of the trials, and was the sixth-fastest qualifier coming into the race.
He now has a record of four wins from eight starts, and earnings of $1,602,868.
KJ Desparado was bred by John and Kathy Lee’s L&L Land & Cattle, and they are joined in ownership partnership by their neighbor and friend Ruben Mares. The Lees raced in partnership Wild Six, who won the West Texas Futurity (G1) and Rainbow Futurity (G1) before finishing sixth in the 2007 All American Futurity.
KJ Desparado’s sire Apollitical Jess celebrates his third All American Futurity winner in the past four years. He is also the sire to Apollitical Jess in 2018 and Mr Jess Jenkins in 2019.
The Lees also bred KJ Desparado’s dam, Tres Veses, a daughter of Tres Seis who has had five winners from seven starters.
In the $200,000 All American Juvenile, which was the race prior on the card, Adrian Ramos also won that race, as he powered clear aboard Muy Peligrosito.
The sorrel gelding races for Abelardo F. Gallegos and trainer Albert Valles, and was 1 ¾-lengths the best over Valiant Charm. He completed the 440-yards in :21.168.
Hallelujah Nights was third, followed by Downrite Handsome, Whizkey Glasses, Chizum, Shesa Relentless Gal, Misty Cracker, Phoenominal and Political Rose.
The Mexican-bred gelding was bred by Darling Farms and Jaime Gomez, and is sired by One Fabulous Eagle and out of the Walk Thru Fire mare Peligrosita. He has won two of three starts and earned $88,800.
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