AB What A Runner, an Arizona-bred filly making her second career start, broke Ruidoso Downs' 29-year track record for 440 yards and recorded the fastest qualifying time in the All American Futurity (G1) trials.
Racing for Dennie and Kris Hill of Blackfoot, Idaho, and prepped by Bret Vickery, AB What A Runner won the 10th of 23 trials by 1 1/4 lengths over third-fastest qualifier Silvered Eyes.
Under jockey Jay Conklin, AB What A Runner covered 440 yards in :20.993 to record the first sub-21 second quarter-mile in Ruidoso Downs track history and break by 3/100ths of a second the track record established in the 1973 World's Championship Classic by Truckle Feature.
This year's renewal of the All American Futurity will offer a purse of $2,050,000. The winner of the All American final on Labor Day, September 2, will earn the $1-million winner's share of the purse. The All American Futurity is to 2-year-old racing American Quarter Horses what the Kentucky Derby is for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds.
First run in 1959 and won by Galobar, the All American Futurity offered horse racing's first $1 million purse in 1978. In 1982, the race became a $2 million event.
Beginning today, we'll introduce you to a different qualifier to the All American Futurity. Today, we offer a closer look at fastest qualifier, AB What A Runner.
The All American Futurity will be telecast live on TVG at 5 p.m. Central time. Additional coverage of the one-hour special will be available on Fox Sports Net West 2, Rocky Mountain and Arizona. TVG Network is available on Dish Network - Channel 405 and in some select cable markets.
"America's Horse," AQHA's weekly television show on Outdoor Life Network, will have a special one-hour program on Tuesday, September 3 dedicated to the All American Futurity at 7 p.m. Central time. OLN is available in most cable markets and on Dish Network 151 / DIRECTV 608.
Information provided is courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal, AQHA's news and information source for American Quarter Horse racing.
The complete list of qualifiers to and history and statistics on the All American Futurity can be found on The Quarter Racing Journal's All American Futurity Web site.
Tomorrow a look at First To Flash.
AB WHAT A RUNNER
Royal Quick Dash-Be So Merry by Streakin Six
Owners: Dennie and Kris Hill, Blackfoot, Idaho
Breeder: Allred Brothers, Mesa, Arizona
Trainer: Bret Vickery
Qualifying Jockey: Jay Conklin
- Two wins in two starts, earnings of $3,420.
- Won All American trial heat 10 by 1 1/4 lengths from third-fastest qualifier Silvered Eyes.
- Recorded the fastest qualifying time of :20.993, the first sub-21 second 440-yard clocking in Ruidoso Downs history and the first by a 2-year-old anywhere.
- Broke by 3/100ths of a second the track record established by world champion Truckle Feature in the 1973 World's Championship Classic.
- Won her May 26 career debut at Les Bois Park by 4 3/4 lengths.
- Owners Dennie and Kris Hill purchased AB What A Runner for $67,000 at the 2001 Vessels/Schvaneveldt Sale. Denny is a cattle buyer.
- Trainer Bret Vickery, 39, was born in Emmett, Idaho, and now makes his home in St. George, Utah. Vickery began training in 1981. His wife, Stacy, is a jockey.
- In 1999, Hill and Vickery teamed to win the 1999 MBNA America Challenge Championship (G1) with Policy Tacs.
- Jockey Jay Conklin, 27, is a native of Shoshone, Idaho (population 1,200). He began his career in 1993, riding Quarter Horses on the Idaho summer fair circuit. "I used to team rope in high school," he says. "That's how I was mostly involved with horses when I was younger." Conklin rode Thoroughbreds in Seattle, then split his time between American Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds in Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; and Kennewick, Washington.
- AB What A Runner was bred in Arizona by the Allred Brothers, who have registered horses with AQHA for 40 consecutive years. Runners they have bred have earned more than $4.5 million and include 41 stakes winners. Their homebreds include graded stakes winners A Dash Of Beduino, A Streak Of Cash, Dash In Style, Streakin Jewel, One Slick One and Sweeten The Pot.
- Sire Royal Quick Dash won the 1991 All American Futurity (G1) and was a finalist in the Grade 1 Kansas and Sun Country futurities. From seven crops, the 13-year-old Royal Quick Dash, a stallion by First Down Dash, has sired 47 stakes winners and the earners of more than $7.7 million. Royal Quick Dash is a full brother to 1998 champion 2-year-old First Sovereign. Bred by Vessels Stallion Farm and owned by Jesus and Sandra Soto of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, Royal Quick Dash stands at Four Sixes Ranch at Guthrie, Texas.
- Dam Be So Merry has produced seven winners from seven starters and the earners of $346,320. Racing in 1990, the Streakin Six mare won six of nine races, including two stakes, and earned $26,317. Her second registered foal, 1995 Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) runner-up Temerity Wrangler, is a gelding by The Signature and a half brother to AB What A Runner.
All articles in the series:
- Results Article
- Post Positions & Odds
- AB WHAT A RUNNER
- FIRST TO FLASH
- SILVERED EYES
- SPECIAL RED WARRIOR
- FLYS R STREAKIN
- FIRST PLACE QUEEN
- THE DOWN SIDE
- EYE OPENING EPISODE