All American qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association – The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists.

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All American Qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association – The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists:

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2014 All American Derby: Five Bar Cartel

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Too Flash For You led by Wes Giles

By Richard Chamberlain

Too-Flash-For-You-_4Too Flash For You goes into Sunday’s $1.9 million All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs off a three-race win streak and an undefeated season as a sophomore.

“He’s real nice to be around,” says trainer Wesley Giles. “He’s real easy-going. This horse doesn’t do anything wrong. He’s about as easy a horse as you could possibly train, as far as just paying attention and trying. He gallops nice and all that – there really isn’t just a lot to him that you have to do.”

A $20,000 purchase at the 2012 Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, Too Flash For You races for Jose Espinosa of Edinburg, Texas, and Jim and Michele Laird of Doss, Texas.

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JJ Gonzales to send out Five Bar Cartel

By Richard Chamberlain

fivebarcartel.ashxJames J. “JJ” Gonzales used to ride – that was six years and a few pounds ago – but now he has made a successful transition to training.

On Sunday afternoon, the 38-year-old ex-jockey who rode in million dollar races and took By By JJ to the winner’s circle of the 2003 All American Futurity will send out his first starter in a seven-figure race, Five Bar Cartel in the Grade 1, $1,920,887 All American Derby.

“I didn’t have Five Bar Cartel last year,” Gonzales says. “He was in California – Danny Montes, a good friend of mine, trained him. They just sent him to me this summer. They called me and asked if I had room for this horse. I said if I don’t, I’ll make room. They sent him out here, we worked him a couple times and he worked super good, and he ran good. He’s a good horse.”

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All American qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association – The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists.

Read more »

All American qualifiers

American Quarter Horse Association – The 2014 All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $2.6 million race will be contested September 1 by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. The previous day, the track will also conduct the $2 million All American Derby (G1). Meet some of the finalists

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