RUIDOSO DOWNS —Mark and Annette McCloy’s homebred Mm Fourinthemorning, the top-ranked two-year-old quarter horse nationally, leads three horses from the Blane Wood stable in the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity on Monday at Ruidoso Downs.
The Labor Day program concludes the summer season at the track. First post time is noon.
Also of Monday’s card is the $200,000 All American Juvenile. The All American Futurity runs as the 10th race with the All American Juvenile going as the eighth race.
Thoroughbreds compete in three stakes races on Labor Day, headed by the undefeated Hustle Up in the $110,094 Rio Grande Senor Futurity.
The 440-yard All American Futurity pays out the largest purse in quarter horse racing. The finalists were determined through two days of trials with 16 440-yard trials on each day. The horses with the five-fastest times on each day advance to the All American Futurity. The horses with the next five-fastest times on each day may race in the All American Juvenile.
Mm Fourinthemorning, named after the time he was born, vaulted to the top of the quarter horse racing two-year-old division with an eye-catching victory in the Grade 1, $1,000,000 Rainbow Futurity in July. Starting from the outside post position — the same post position he has in the All American Futurity — he accelerated down the track and won the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity by a growing ¾-length and showing that the 440 yards of the All American Futurity would suit his running style.
The gelding by Mr Jess Perry proved his 440-yard ability in the All American Futurity trials when he rolled to an easy 2¼-length win. He went off at 1-9 odds.