Los Alamitos Race Course, Cypress, CA - August 9, 2003 - Ed Allred, John and Kathie Bobenrieth and Paul Jones are just a few of the California horsemen that will be featured in the trials to All American Futurity Thursday at Ruidoso Downs.
There will be 18 trials to the All American featuring 176 horses. Only the horses with the 10 fastest times will advance to the 440-yard final to be held on Labor Day, Monday, September 1.
Bred by Allred, BLM Racing Inc's The A List will be a horse to watch in the 14th trial after winning the Ruidoso Futurity earlier this year. Purchased at the Vessels/Schvaneveldt Sale, the son of First Down Express has won three of six starts and earned $286,415 in his career.
Allred is the nation's leading breeder in wins and earnings this year. Horses from Allred's Rolling A Ranch have won 82 races - including 17 stakes - and earned more than $1.3 million. Allred has been honored eight times with the title of AQHA Champion Breeder since 1992.
Jones, the leading trainer at Los Alamitos, will saddle several talented runners in the trials. His group will be lead by Hubbard, Jones and Holmes' Planet Holland, the winner of the Rainbow Futurity and the nation's second richest horse with earnings of $303,815, who will race in trial 11. He will also saddle Anjora Corp's Awise Chick in the 14th and Latest Version in the eighth. The latter is co-owned by Country Music recording artist Toby Keith. Jones qualified Copper Buff to the All American final back in 2000.
Then there is Righteous Brother, a full-sibling of A Ransom, who will be representing the Bobenrieths and trainer Connie Hall. Hall was the first woman to saddle an All American winner, accomplishing the feat with champion A Classic Dash in 1993. Rodrigo Aceves will ride Righteous Brother, who will start from the outside post 10 in the fourth trial.
"One of my dreams has always been to ride in the All American trials," Aceves said. "That dream will become a reality on Thursday."
Joe Badilla, Eddie Garcia, G.R. Carter and Sam Thompson are among the familiar faces that will ride in the trials.
Francisco Gonsalez's Frankly First and Lettis All, two horses that raced at Los Alamitos this year, will also see action in the trials. As the breeders of Frankly First, Dutch Masters III hope to be represented in the All American final after being part of it as owners with Meteoric and Flys R Streakin last year. Knud Dreams, a half-sister of Los Alamitos Million Dashing Knud, and Felix Gonzalez's So Significant will race in the trials after competing at Los Alamitos this season. Juan Aleman is the local trainer of Anjora Corp's Knud Dreams.
Another horse with local ties is A Regal Choice, the top seller at the Vessels/Schvaneveldt Yearling Sale in 2002. Jesus Soto of Odessa, Texas purchased a Regal Choice, a colt by champion and all-time leading sire First Down Dash, for $415,000. A Regal Choice will take on Frankly First and Knud Dreams in the 17th