All American Futurity Trials

All American Futurity Trials

Jess Savin Candy continues his Triple Crown quest.

Jess Savin Candy. PHOTO: Jake Rogers/Ruidoso Downs

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Jess Savin Candy, a multiple Grade 1 winning son of Jess Good Candy owned by Dutch Masters III, will continue his quest for the Ruidoso Downs’ All American Triple Crown in this weekend’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials.

A total of 300 2-year-olds are entered in this year’s trials, 150 on Friday and 150 on Saturday. Thirty heats will be run -- 15 each day -- with the five fastest qualifiers from each day making the September 6, $3-million All American Futurity final.

Raced exclusively at Ruidoso Downs, Jess Savin Candy has earned $846,400 from four outs, and his three wins include a neck victory in the 350-yard, $1-million Ruidoso Futurity (G1) on June 13, and a nose victory in the 400-yard, $1-million Rainbow Futurity (G1) on July 25. The gelding was a $30,000 purchase at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City.

Jess Savin Candy drew post 10 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon in the fifth trial on Saturday. The gelding will be attempting to become the first Ruidoso Downs All American Triple Crown winner since world champion Special Effort in 1981.

Other prominent 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s trials include Jet Black Grace, Political Rose, and FDD Scout. Jet Black Grace and Political Rose finished first and second, respectively, in the 350-yard, $1.315-million Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park on May 29. A gelded son of Jet Black Patriot trained by Fidencio Jimenez for owner Zitro Racing Corp., Jet Black Grace drew Post 4 and will be ridden by Juan Pulido in the 14th trial, while Political Rose drew Post 8 and will be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for owner Dunn Ranch and trainer Monty Arrossa in the second heat.

FDD Scout is trained by Trey Wood for owner Paragon Farms LLC. A homebred son of champion FDD Dynasty, the gelding will be stretching out in distance off of his fourth-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Jess Savin Candy, in the Rainbow Futurity. FDD Scout has banked $133,694 from four starts, and his three wins include a three-quarter length victory in the 350-yard, $100,000 Ruidoso Juvenile Invitational Stakes on June 13.

FDD Scout drew post 2 and will be ridden by Tanner Thedford in Saturday’s third trial.

Friday’s trials are headed by Revenant Moon, Jess Fire Me, In Hott Pursuit, and CC Hocks. Revenant Moon is a daughter of A Revenant trained by Trey Wood for owners Robert Odom, Scott Bryant, and Norman W. Allen. The filly is coming off of a troubled tenth-place finish as the odds-on favorite in the Ruidoso Futurity, but she has earned $224,018 from four starts in New Mexico and Oklahoma, and her three wins include a neck victory as the fastest qualifier in the 300-yard, $477,000 Oklahoma Futurity (G2) at Remington Park in March.

Revenant Moon drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose A. Alvarez in Friday’s sixth trial.

Jess Fire Me has won two of three races and has banked $189,600 for owners Shaun Hubbard, Ray Willis, and Empire Racing. A Walk Thru Fire colt trained by Albert Valles, Jess Fire Me ran second to Jess Savin Candy in the Ruidoso Futurity.

Jess Fire Me drew post 3 and will be ridden by Adrian Ramos in Friday’s fourth trial.

In Hott Pursuit ships in from California, where the One Famous Eagle colt ran second, one length behind winner Golden Boi, in the 350-yard, $1.12-million Ed Burke Million Futurity (G1) at Los Alamitos on June 20. In Hott Pursuit drew post 2 and will be ridden by Jesus Rios Ayala for owner Dunn Ranch and trainer Monty Arrossa in Friday’s eighth heat.

CC Hocks finished second to Jess Savin Candy in the Rainbow Futurity. An earner of $188,422 from four races, the Kiss My Hocks gelding drew post 2 and will be ridden by Juan Pulido for owner HV Ranch LLC and trainer Santos Carrizales Jr. in the Friday’s 10th trial.

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