08/11/2003 11:00PM

All American trials to determine 10 finalists


Planet Holland, winner of the Rainbow Futurity, and The A List, the Ruidoso Futurity winner, top the 176 juveniles in 18 trials who on Thursday at Ruidoso Downs will be racing for a spot in Quarter Horse racing's richest race - the $2 million (estimated) All American Futurity.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will return on Labor Day to race 440 yards for a $1 million first-place check.

Planet Holland, owned by R.D. Hubbard, Johnny T. L. Jones, and Butch Holmes, has become a sensation at Ruidoso Downs, with a track record win on July 3 in his trial to the Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity. He raced the 400 yards in 19.302 seconds to erase an 18-year-old record set by Brigand Silk.

The Paul Jones-trained Planet Holland came back to win the $625,000 finals by a nose over Cognac Kid and earn $300,000.

Planet Holland is in the 11th trial with Saul Ramirez Jr. riding.

The A List, owned by BLM Racing Inc., finished seventh in the Rainbow Futurity after winning the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity on June 8. He won his Ruidoso Futurity trial over Quik Jolla, winner of the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity.

The A List is in the 14th trial with Chris Zamora aboard.

The A List, trained by Jamie Zamora, is one of four hopefuls who were supplemented to the All American Futurity trials at a cost of $50,000 each. That $200,000 in supplemental fees is added to the futurity purse, and those horses will also gain eligibility to next year's All American Derby.

The other supplemental nominees are the top two finishers in the Grade 2 American Airlines New Mexico Challenge - winner Dashin Kirk and Mokasso - and 3 1/2-length maiden winner Hadtobenuts.

Deep All American Derby trials

The undefeated champion 2-year-old AB What a Runner and Rainbow Derby winner Silvered Eyes head the five 440-yard trials to the Grade 1, $700,000 (estimated) All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Friday afternoon.

AB What a Runner, owned by Dennie and Kris Hill, is undefeated in five starts and has run her best races at Ruidoso Downs.

In her only start this year, the Bret Vickery-trained AB What a Runner set a 350-yard world record of 17.057 seconds winning an allowance race on July 19 at Ruidoso Downs.

Last year, she set the then-track record for 440 yards of 20.993 seconds while winning her All American Futurity trial. She then won the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity.

Don Hill's homebred Silvered Eyes defeated an excellent field in the Grade 1, $318,874 Rainbow Derby in an outstanding 20.963 seconds, to become just the fifth Quarter Horse to run 440 yards in under 21 seconds, breaking AB What a Runner's track record.

Silvered Eyes, who is two for two this year, won the 2002 Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park and was a finalist in the All American Futurity.

Also in the All American Derby trials are champion 2-year-old gelding Eye Opening Episode, champion 2-year-old colt First to Flash, Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity winner Capones Vault, Grade 1 Remington Park Futurity winner Outdashing, and Grade 1 Los Alamitos Million runner-up Meteoric.