07/05/2004 11:00PM

All About Ease supplemented to trials


Following a $25,000 supplemental payment by owner Bobby Cox, Ruidoso Futurity winner All About Ease will try to get another race closer to a $4 million bonus when she starts in fourth of 20 400-yard trials to the Grade 1, $750,000 Rainbow Futurity trials on Thursday at Ruidoso Downs.

Atypically, the first post will be at noon because of the large number of trials.

The $4 million bonus goes to the connections of any horse that can win the Ruidoso, Rainbow, and All American futurities. The last horse to win all three Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs was Special Effort in 1979.

Cox has already spent $40,000 on his precocious filly to enter Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso, including a $15,000 supplemental fee to enter All About Ease in the Ruidoso Futurity trials. Cox's gambles have offered a sizeable return since she has career earnings of $301,720, including $250,000 for winning the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

Before Cox can think about winning the Rainbow Futurity on July 25, All About Ease must race to one of the 10 fastest times in Thursday's trials to reach the Rainbow finals. She showed she should like the 400-yard trial distance in the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity, her most recent start on June 13. She broke cleanly and was at the throatlatch of Tell Em Im Gone at 200 yards. All About Ease then drew out to a neck advantage to win in a stakes record time of 17.328 seconds.

Tell Em Im Gone is the only Ruidoso Futurity finalist not returning for the Rainbow trials. Third-place finisher First Down Runner, who was beaten by a neck and a head, is in the 14th trial.

West Texas Futurity winner and Ruidoso Futurity favorite A Stone Runaway will try to rebound from a miserable trip in the Ruidoso Futurity when he was squeezed at the start. In his Ruidoso Futurity trial he broke outwards to the outside fence and still raced to the fastest qualifying time, 17.41 seconds. He is in the 18th trial.

Three rich futurity winners go Friday

The winners of the three richest races in 2003, including All American Futurity winner By By JJ, will run in the trials to the Grade 1, $300,000 (estimated) Rainbow Derby on Friday at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers return for the finals on July 25.

By By JJ will be looking for his first victory since the Grade 1, $1.89 million All American Futurity last Labor Day, when he makes his first Ruidoso Downs start since that win, in the trials. He ran the race of his life on the right day, winning the sport's richest race and winning $1,025,000 of his career $1,090,717 earnings. Since then, he has made three starts - all against New Mexico-bred competition - and the closest he has gotten to victory is a second-place finish, beaten a head, in the Grade 3 New Mexico Horse Breeders Association Stakes, his most recent start, on Feb 15.

By By JJ is in the second of the six trials on Friday.

Also in the trials are the winners of the sport's other two $1 million-plus stakes - Grade 1, $1,367,000 Los Alamitos Million winner A Regal Choice, and the Grade 1, $1,088,000 Texas Classic Futurity winner Mitowilard.

Even with those seven-figure futurity winners competing in the trials, much attention will go to the third trial - which could easily produce the favorite in the finals. In the Grade 1-caliber heat are Jess Rapid and Planet Holland, the top two finishers in the Grade 1 Ruidoso Derby on June 13. Jess Rapid is looking for his third consecutive win and fourth in his last five starts. He won the Ruidoso Derby by three-quarters of a length over Planet Holland, winner of the 2003 Rainbow Futurity.

Adding depth to this trial is All American Futurity runner-up Dash of Perry. She comes off a third-place finish behind Jess Rapid in their Ruidoso Derby trial.

Badilla hangs up tack

Jockey Joe Badilla, known as much for his engaging personality as for his four national riding championships, has retired at 30, according to his agent, Tim Mowry.

Badilla was not named on any horses in Rainbow Futurity or Rainbow Derby trials. He won the Ruidoso Derby on June 13 aboard top Rainbow Derby prospect Jess Rapid, who will be ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. in the Rainbow Derby trials. Badilla also has three Rainbow Futurity wins.

A Tucson, Ariz., native, Badilla won the national riding championships in 1995, 1998, 1999, and 2001. Only Kip Didericksen, with five, has more national titles.

Badilla's most important wins came in the 1999 All American Futurity aboard A Delightful Dasher and the 2002 Champion Of Champions on Whosleavingwho.