10/08/2009 11:00PM

All American winner seeks big finish


Runnning Brook Gal could be making the final start of her All American-winning season Sunday, when she goes in the Grade 3, $302,440 Hobbs America Futurity for Quarter Horses at Zia Park. The race, run at 400 yards, is the final futurity for which she is paid up in 2009.

"There's a pretty good chance that it will be her last start of the year," said Paul Jones, who trains Runnning Brook Gal. "There is one other stakes that she's eligible to, the Southwest Juvenile Championship, a Grade 1 that runs on Nov. 29. We may consider running in that."

The Southwest Juvenile, a $250,000 race at Zia, is an invitational, and Runnning Brook Gal is on the guest list by virtue of her win in the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Sept. 7. She has raced once since then, finishing second by a neck to Eye of an Episode in her trial for the Hobbs Futurity on Sept. 26.

"She got away okay, but she got bumped really hard right out of the gates," Jones said of Runnnig Brook Gal. "She came running toward the end made up a lot of ground to get second."

Ramon Sanchez, the regular rider on Runnning Brook Gal, has the mount for A & C Racing and Roping.

Shesa First Ratify, who was second in the All American, set the fastest qualifying time for the Hobbs Futurity when she won her trial by a length in 19.38 seconds. Grade 1 Ruidoso Futurity winner First Klas Fred is also in the field.

The Hobbs Futurity will share a card with the Grade 3, $148,070 Hobbs America Derby. Jones will send out champion Brenda Beautiful, who won last year's Hobbs Futurity. She was third in her trial for the Hobbs Derby on Sept. 27, and Jones said she false broke before the start of the race. Cody Jensen has the mount for R.D. Hubbard and John T.L. Jones.

Streakin Cherry feeling better

Streakin Cherry, who was vanned off after a half-length win over champion Noconi in the Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator at Lone Star Park on Oct. 3, has not been ruled out for the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Dec. 12, said his trainer, James Gonzales. Streakin Cherry earned a berth to the race by winning the Refrigerator.

"He came back a little sore, nothing life-threatening," Gonzales said. "He's come along good. He'll be fine.

"We're going to play it by ear and let him tell us about the Champions of Champions. That's kind of the race we were shooting for. But as of right now, our main concern is Streakin Cherry."

Gonzales is based at Zia and said he left Streakin Cherry at Lone Star for a few days to regroup. He said Streakin Cherry is scheduled to return to his Hobbs, N.M., barn this week. Streakin Cherry races for Juan Esquivel.

If Streakin Cherry misses the Champion of Champions, the Refrigerator runner-up, Noconi, would not pick up his berth.