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New Mexico-Bred Bigg Daddy is Fastest Overall All American Futurity Qualifier
RSS Feeds Sunday, August 20, 2017
Twenty registered New Mexico-breds entered this weekend’s 440-yard All American Futurity (G1) trials at Ruidoso Downs, and in the end one of them -- Bigg Daddy -- was the fastest qualifier from two days of heats.

Trained by Wes Giles for owner Too For Two, Bigg Daddy on Saturday won the seventh of 14 trials by 2 3/4 lengths in :21.611. G.R. Carter Jr. rode the Big Daddy Cartel gelding, who was a $25,000 purchase at last year’s Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale.

“I didn’t even turn the whip around until 150 yards from the finish,” said Carter. “I could tell that he was just eating up ground.”

Bigg Daddy was bred by Mac and Janis Murray’s MJ Farms at Veguita, New Mexico. The gelding’s dam, the First Down Dash mare Alice K White, was the AQHA champion 3-year-old filly in 2009, and he is a half brother to 2015 AQHA champion sophomore filly Astica.

Raced exclusively in New Mexico, Bigg Daddy has won four of seven starts, including the July 30, $371,000 Zia Futurity (RG1) for state-breds at Ruidoso Downs, and he has earned $211,418.

Bigg Daddy was the only registered New Mexico-bred to make the All American Futurity final, which will be contested for a $3-million purse on Labor Day, September 4. However, one registered New Mexico-bred, MJ Farms’ Jesse Lane, qualified to the September 4, $200,000 All American Juvenile Invitational Stakes.

Ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo for trainer Jimmy Padgett, Jesse Lane on Friday finished second, a half of a length behind All American qualifier Hes Limitless, in the first trial.

A homebred son of Jesse James Jr, Jesse Lane is a half or full brother to five stakes winners, including Alice K White and Grade 1 winner and one-time 440-yard world record holder Kendall Jackson.

The complete list of qualifiers appears below:

Horse (Sex, Pedigree)


Breeder (State)



G, Big Daddy Cartel-Alice K White by First Down Dash

Too For Two

MJ Farms (NM)

Wes Giles


G, First Prize Perry-Shakem Bye by Dashin Bye

Jose J. Espinoza

Garlyn O. Shelton (TX)

Pedro A. Lopez


C, Heza Fast Dash-Legacys A Streakin by Streakin La Jolla

Martin C. Ybarra Jr.

Donald J. Friesen (OK)

Albert Franco


G, Mr Jess Perry-Ms Southern Dynasty by Fdd Dynasty

Melvin Neugebauer

Sam W. Green (OK)

Wes Giles


C, One Dashing Eagle-No Fees by Runaway Winner

Bobby D. Cox

Bobby D. Cox (OK)

Jimmy Padgett


G, Corona Cartel-Pj Chick In Black by Desirio

Jack Smith Farms

D. Bowen, S. Taylor, J. Smith Farms (OK)

John Stinebaugh


G, One Famous Eagle-Pandorum by Tres Seis

R.D. Hubbard, J.D. Cope, Rafter W Stables, and Henry Southway

Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches (TX)

C. Dwayne Gilbreath


F, Valiant Hero-Financial Leverage by Mr Jess Perry

Diamond Racing Stables LLC

H & E Ranch Inc. (AZ)

Shae Cox


G, Hez Our Secret-Eye Of Glory by Mr Eye Opener

Johnny Trotter

Johnny Trotter (TX)

Trey Wood


F, One Famous Eagle-Higher Fire by Walk Thru Fire

Fly Baby Fly Partnership

Julianna Hawn Holt (OK)

Jimmy Padgett


In The News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Nine stakes races, including two restricted to New Mexico-breds, were contested on Zia Park’s Wednesday’s “Land of Enchantment Day” program.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Two stakes for New Mexico-breds -- one for Thoroughbreds and one for Quarter Horses -- will be featured on Wednesday’s $1.303-million Land of Enchantment Day program at Zia Park.
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Jockeys Ry Eikleberry and Roimes Chirinos each rode the winners of two races during Sunday’s $2-million New Mexico Cup Day program at Zia Park.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
A total of 131 New Mexico-bred Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses has been entered in Sunday’s New Mexico Cup races at Zia Park. Purses for the 12 races -- eight for Thoroughbreds and four for Quarter Horses -- will exceed $2 million, once again making New Mexico Cup day the richest state- or province-bred day of racing in North America.

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