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All-American Futurity
Qualifier Profile: Silvered Eyes, Special Red Warrior, Flys R Streakin

Qualifier Profiles

Dateline: 8/23/02

The All American Futurity will be telecast live on TVG at 5 p.m. Central time, Labor Day, Monday, September 2. 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.

SILVERED EYES

Gray gelding
Mr Eye Opener-Silvered Silk by Zevi (TB)
Owner and Breeder: Don R. Hill, Moore, Oklahoma
Trainer: Jack Brooks
Qualifying Jockey: Jacky Martin

RACE RECORD:

  • One win in four starts, earnings of $2,944.
  • Ran second in All American trial heat 10, 1 1/4 lengths behind fastest qualifier AB What A Runner.
  • Recorded the third-fastest qualifying time of :21.194 and a lifetime-best 104 speed index.
  • Broke his maiden with a three-quarter length victory in a Ruidoso Futurity (G1) trial on May 24.

CONNECTIONS:

  • Owner/breeder Don R. Hill, 69, has been in the horse racing business for 20 years. A resident of Moore, Oklahoma, Hill bought his first racehorse from Ralph Shebester in the early 1980s. He acquired the dam of Silvered Eyes, the Zevi (TB) mare Silvered Silk, at the 1988 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale. In his own name, Hill has bred four stakes-placed runners, including 1999 American Airlines New Mexico Challenge (G3) runner-up Bashful Dash, '01 Mile High Futurity (G2) runner-up Shady Lady Eo and 2002 La Mariposa Handicap (G3) runner-up Silk Strekings.
  • Trainer Jack Brooks, 66, and jockey Jacky Martin have teamed to win the sport's richest race seven times, most recently in 2000 with champion Eyesa Special. All told, Brooks has won the race a record eight times. Brooks and Martin teamed to win their first All American with Moon Lark in 1978, the first year the purse reached $1 million. They have also won with Mr Master Bug (1982), Mr Trucka Jet ('85), Merganser ('88), Strawberry Silk ('89) and Dash Thru Traffic ('92). Brooks teamed with G.R. Carter Jr. to win the 1999 All American with Falling In Loveagain. Learning his trade from the ground up, Brooks rode on bush tracks and fairgrounds while growing up at his father's ranch in Blanchard, Oklahoma. Brooks and his wife of 45 years, Wynona, reside in Edmond, Oklahoma. Their son, Timmy, is a dentist in Denver, Colorado.
  • Martin, a 47-year-old native of Huntington, Arkansas, was the 2000 AQHA Champion Jockey. His mounts that year earned $3,247,431, making him the second jockey ever to ride the earners of more than $3 million in a single season. In April 2000, Martin moved into first place on the official AQHA list of all-time leading jockeys by earnings. During his 31-year career, he has ridden the winners of more than 2,500 races and the earners of more than $34.3 million. Martin was also the sport's leading rider by earnings in 1988, '89 and '92.

PEDIGREE NOTES:

  • The sire of champion and 2000 All American Futurity winner Eyesa Special, Mr Eye Opener raced from 1992-93. The stallion by two-time world champion Dash For Cash won nine of 15 races and earned $202,978. Bred by Joe Kirk Fulton of Lubbock, Texas, and owned by Dale and Billie Smith of Houston, he won the 1992 West Texas Futurity (G1) in the stakes-record time of :16.45 for 330 yards. From six crops, Mr Eye Opener has sired 32 stakes winners and the earners of more than $7.7 million. Now 12, the stallion stands at Dee and Betty Raper's Belle Mere Farm at Norman, Oklahoma.
  • Silvered Eyes is one of four starters from Silvered Silk, a 12-year-old daughter of Zevi (TB).

SPECIAL RED WARRIOR

Sorrel colt
Shazoom-Prairie War by Jody O Toole
Owner: Severino Gonzalez, Houston, Texas
Breeder:: Allen Moehrig, Seguin, Texas
Trainer: Jose Garza
Qualifying Jockey: Juan Vasquez

RACE RECORD:

  • Three wins in four starts, earnings of $29,955.
  • Won All American trial heat 9 by three-quarters of a length from seventh-fastest qualifier First Place Queen.
  • Recorded the fourth-fastest qualifying time of :21.205.
  • Ran second to Zip First in the March 16 Longhorn Futurity (G2) at Manor Downs; also qualified to the April 14 Manor Downs Futurity (G2) but was scratched from the final.

CONNECTIONS:

  • Owner Severino Gonzalez is a drywall contractor in Houston. He bought Special Red Warrior off of breeder Allen Moehrig's farm for $7,000 when the colt was five months old. The Gonzalezes have property in Seguin, Texas, where they will soon be building a farm. Gonzalez became involved in Quarter Horse racing in his native Mexico City. When he married, he moved to the U.S. and brought his love of Quarter Horses with him. Gonzalez and his wife, Edith, have a 9-year-old son, Ivan.
  • Breeder Allen Moehrig has been breeding Quarter Horses for 30 years. His most accomplished runner was Special Effort, the 1981 world champion and the only horse to sweep Ruidoso Downs' three Grade 1 futurities. In partnership with Marvin Selig, he also bred champion and 2000 All American Futurity winner Eyesa Special. A resident of Seguin, Moehrig in his own name has bred 10 stakes winners and the earners of more than $2.5 million.
  • Trainer Jose Garza saddled his first stakes winner at the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, Texas, in 1991. During his 11-year career, Garza has saddled 78 winners and the earners of $632,402. Garza lives in Seguin.
  • Jockey Juan Vasquez also qualified 10th-fastest qualifier Eye Opening Episode. A 35-year-old native of San Miguel, Mexico, Vasquez first began riding in the U.S. in 1992. His annual win totals have steadily increased since '95, when he rode the winners of 35 races. During his 11-year career, Vasquez' mounts have won 717 races and have earned more than $6.9 million. He enjoyed his best season in 2001, with 127 wins and mount earnings of $1,803,964, and he also won the AQHA Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie. Vasquez scored his richest career victory aboard the Jody O Toole gelding Gol in the 1998 Heritage Place Futurity (G1) at Remington Park.

PEDIGREE NOTES:

  • From three crops, two-time stakes winner Shazoom has sired the earners of $798,668. The 9-year-old stallion by champion Takin On The Cash has sired 20 winners from 32 starters, including 2001 champion 2-year-old gelding Shining Sky. Bred by Kent Callahan of Eufaula, Oklahoma, Shazoom won nine of 22 races and earned $178,606. The stallion is owned by and stands at Bob Moore Farms in Norman, Oklahoma.
  • Dam Prairie War, an unraced daughter of Jody O Toole, has produced two starters, both of which are stakes placed. Special Red Warrior's half sister, Lil Barbie, ran third in the May 12 Calaveras Stakes at Retama Park.

FLYS R STREAKIN

Brown gelding
Strawfly Special-Decked In Six by Streakin Six
Owner: Dutch Masters III, Anaheim, California
Breeder: Richard and Jolene Connors, Palmdale, California
Trainer: Lin Melton
Qualifying Jockey: Sam Thompson

RACE RECORD:

  • Four wins in five races, earnings of $153,385.
  • Won All American trial heat 2 by 2 1/4 lengths from maiden The Blues Man.
  • Recorded the fifth-fastest qualifying time of :21.209 and a lifetime-best 104 speed index.
  • Has won three consecutive races, including the June 22 Governor's Cup Futurity (RG1) at Los Alamitos.

CONNECTIONS:

  • A California-based partnership consisting of Anaheim physician James Streelman and dairy farmers Denny Boer of Jerome, Idaho, and Doug Benson of Hereford, Texas, Dutch Masters III also campaigns sixth-fastest qualifier Meteoric. The partnership was voted AQHA Champion Owner last year for the first time since the award was established in 1985. Their 2001 stakes winners included Grade 1 winner Sassy Smith, Far West Futurity (RG3) winner Fancy A Shag and Idaho Cup Derby (RG3) winner Paladium. Started in 1991, Dutch Masters III has raced 15 stakes winners and the earners of more than $4.8 million. The partnership acquired Flys R Streakin for $31,000 at last year's Ruidoso Yearling Sale.
  • Residents of Palmdale, California, breeders Richard and Jolene Connors also bred First To The Line, a First Down Dash colt which ran second in the 1995 Independence Day Handicap (R) at Los Alamitos. Breeders for 10 consecutive years, the Connors have bred the earners of $204,698.
  • Trainer Lin Melton, who also trains Meteoric, has long been one of the leading trainers in the Northwest region. Since beginning his career in 1973, Melton has saddled 1,322 winners and the earners of more than $4.9 million. Stakes winners he's trained include Grade 1 winners Juno Dat Honor and Famous Chapelle, and Grade 2 winners Shes A Royal Flirt, Mr Deep Pockets, Royal Peepers and Famous Alibis. Melton lives in Kennewick, Washington.
  • Jaime Gomez trained Flys R Streakin in California.
  • Jockey Sam Thompson has ridden in three All Americans -- he was seventh on Six Delights in 1995, fourth on Tiny First Down in 1999 and sixth on Love That Chapelle last year. A native of Smithfield, North Carolina, Thompson ran barrels and started riding racehorses at bush tracks when he was 14. He rode his first race at an official track at Mt. Pleasant Meadows in Michigan in 1990. Since then, Thompson has ridden the winners of 551 races and the earners of more than $8.8 million. He's won the Los Alamitos Million Futurity (G1) twice -- with champions This Snow Is Royal (1997) and Corona Kool (1999) -- joining Joe Badilla Jr. and the late Dusty Stimpson as the only jockeys to win the sport's second-richest race more than once. Thompson has also won the Ed Burke Memorial Futurity (G1) twice, and he won the 1998 Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) aboard champion Deelish.

PEDIGREE NOTES:

  • From nine crops, Strawfly Special has sired 41 stakes winners and the earners of more than $11.8 million, including reigning world champion Tailor Fit. Racing from 1989-91, the stakes-winning stallion by world champion Special Effort won 11 of 25 races, ran second in the 1989 Bay Meadows Futurity (G1) and earned $222,920. Bred by Dan and Jolene Urschel of Canadian, Texas, Strawfly Special is owned by and stands at the List family's Double Bar S Ranch in Moreno Valley, California.
  • A 7-year-old mare by 1979 All American Futurity runner-up Streakin Six, Decked In Six ran second in the 1998 Dixie Downs Derby in Utah and earned $16,127 from one win in 22 outs. Flys R Streakin is her first starter.

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