08/16/2004 11:00PM

Cox sends two of his best to trials


Owner Bobby Cox, who has already won both a Grade 1 futurity and derby at Ruidoso Downs this summer, looks to stay hot when Ruidoso Futurity winner All About Ease runs in the All American Futurity trials Thursday afternoon and Rainbow Derby winner Brimmerton races in the All American Derby trials Friday afternoon.

Cox should like his horses' chances of qualifying for the premier futurity and derby at Ruidoso Downs, since All About Ease and Brimmerton have combined to win 11 of 15 lifetime starts, with 13 of those starts in graded stakes (11 Grade 1) or trials.

For the third time this season, Cox will supplement All About Ease into the trials to a Grade 1 futurity at Ruidoso. After paying a total of $40,000 to enter the Ruidoso and Rainbow futurity trials, Cox paid a $50,000 supplemental fee to enter All About Ease in the trials to the Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity.

All About Ease runs in the fourth of 21 futurity trials, which will begin with a 10 a.m. Mountain first post time. The 10 fastest qualifiers from 209 juveniles qualify for the opportunity to run for the $1 million winner's prize in Quarter Horse racing's richest race, on Labor Day.

Cox's gamble paid off in the $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity, the first of the three Grade 1 futurities at Ruidoso Downs, when he spent $15,000 and All About Ease won by a neck to earn $250,000.

Cox paid $25,000 to enter All About Ease in the Rainbow Futurity trials and she won her trial. She encountered a headwind, however, and her time of 19.79 seconds for the 400 yards was not fast enough to reach the $700,000 finals.

Although Cox has been writing the checks, All About Ease has been paying her expenses. With her five wins and a third-place finish in the Grade 1 West Texas Futurity from six career starts, All About Ease has earned $303,640.

All About Ease was one of six $50,000 supplemental entrants in the All American Futurity trials. Heading the other supplements is Phoebes Otoole, winner of four straight races, including the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity. Facing Phoebes Otoole in the 12th trial is Ruidoso Futurity runner-up Tell Em Im Gone.

The later trials will be interesting, with top contenders competing when the Ruidoso weather often changes quickly because of thunderstorms.

In the 16th trial, Thewayouwant-metoo, upset winner of the Rainbow Futurity, meets Grade 1 Governor's Cup Futurity winner Ocean Runaway. Thewayouwantmetoo showed that the quarter-mile distance of the All American trials should suit her, having won the 400-yard Rainbow Futurity by one length. Ocean Runaway will be making his Ruidoso Downs debut and his first start at a distance longer than 350 yards. At Los Alamitos, he dominated the Governor's Cup Futurity by one length in a stakes record 17.39 seconds for 350 yards.

The 18th trial will have Rainbow Futurity runner-up Hateful Hanna, Rainbow Futurity third-place finisher DM Shicago, and supplemental nominee Agony of Defeet, the seventh-place finisher in the Blue Ribbon Futurity.

The 19th trial will feature West Texas Futurity winner A Stone Runaway, who has had trouble in his recent starts and a late-charging style suited for 440 yards.

In the All American Derby trials, Brimmerton will be favored to gain his seventh win in his 10th career start when he starts in the fourth of six trials.

Brimmerton has moved to the top of the 3-year-old division by winning the Texas Derby Challenge May 30 at Sam Houston Race Park and then taking the Grade 1 Rainbow Derby at Ruidoso Downs, his most recent start. In the Rainbow Derby, Brimmerton closed strongly to defeat Ruidoso Derby third-place finisher Special Alternative and 2003 Rainbow Futurity winner Planet Holland.

The sixth trial matches the top three finishers from last year's All American Futurity: By By JJ, Dash of Perry, and Planet Holland. Planet Holland should be the favorite after finishing second in the Ruidoso Derby and third in the Rainbow Derby.

The horses with the 10 fastest times in the trials will qualify for the finals Sept. 5.