08/31/2007 11:00PM

Draper seeks his second All American


Trainer Carl Draper already knows how it feels to win the All American Futurity, having won the race in 2004 with DM Shicago. Draper is hoping to feel the magic again on Monday when his colt Heartswideopen could be favored to win the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

DM Shicago went on to win three Grade 1 derbies at 3 and to be voted 2005 Quarter Horse world champion.

"This is more pressure than with DM Shicago because we know this filly is fast," Draper said. "With DM Shicago, we didn't know he was fast at All American time. The pressure with him came when he was a 3-year-old."

Trainer Wes Giles has never started a horse in the All American Futurity, but he has an excellent chance with the undefeated two-time Grade 1

winner Wild Six.

Wild Six is the 8-5 morning-line favorite while Heartswideopen is 2-1, but that could easily reverse.

In the draft-style draw for the race, Wild Six's connections selected post 7, and Draper then took post 8. Draper said he "wanted to be on the outside instead of the 2 or 3," the other post positions available when he got to pick.

When asked if he wanted to be next to Wild Six, he said: "I just worry about my horse. I'm not concerned about the others."

Heartswideopen and Wild Six are the only two competitors in the All American with Grade 1 experience. They also have the top two qualifying times from the 18 trials run on Aug. 16.

Heartswideopen raced to the fastest qualifying time of 20.921 seconds for 440 yards while leading three other horses from that trial into the futurity. Her time is the fastest quarter-mile ever run by a filly or mare and is the all-time fastest qualifying time to the All American Futurity.

Heartswideopen suffered her only defeat from six starts when she was sixth behind winner Wild Six in the West Texas Futurity. She rebounded to win the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity in a stakes-record 17.08 seconds for 350 yards. Draper then decided to pass the Rainbow Futurity and point at the All American Futurity.

Wild Six used a late run to win the West Texas Futurity, but then was scratched from her Ruidoso Futurity trial after being fractious in the gate from post 1. She drew the same post position in the Rainbow Futurity trials and ran a flawless race to qualify. She won the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity by a neck.

In her All American Futurity trial, Wild Six drew out to win by 3 1/4 lengths with the second-fastest qualifying time of 21.051 seconds.

"There is pressure here, but not quite as much as the Rainbow," said Giles. "There was more pressure in the Rainbow because we were trying to show we belong with these horses."