RUIDOSO DOWNS — Bill Robbins’ Apocalyptical Jess gave trainer Blane Wood his first win in the Grade 1, $3 million All American Futurity on Monday, and Wood now joins his father Leo as the only father-son pair to win the All American Futurity.
Leo Wood won the 1979 All American Futurity with Dan and Jolene Urschel’s Pie In The Sky. A young Blane helped his father.
In the $200,000 All American Juvenile on the undercard, Danjer played with his rivals to score an easy win. The 440-yard All American Juvenile is for horses who did not qualify for the All American Futurity.
Raul Ramirez Jr. guided Apocalyptical Jess over the 440 yards in 21.393 seconds to take the 60th running of quarter horse racing’s showcase event.
Racing out of the second post position, Apocalyptical Jess ran with the early leaders and then edged away from his rivals to get the win by one-half length over Im Jess Special V. David Valdez and Byron Woodard’s New Mexico-bred No Mires A La Luna was another nose back for third.
“It’s more than I hoped for,” said a teary Wood while holding his granddaughter in the winner’s circle. “We’ve been trying to do this for a long time. It’s the whole team.”
Apocalyptical Jess blazed down the inside of the track to win by a dominating 3¼ lengths. His time of 21.349 for the 440 yards was the fastest time from the first of two days of All American Futurity trials and set him up as the 5-2 second choice in the wagering.
Mm Fourinthemorning was the 7-5 favorite and finished fifth.
The Dean Frey-owned, -trained and -bred Danjer was confidently ridden by the hot Cody Jensen to an easy win in 21.158 for the 440 yards.