08/20/2010 8:01AM

Jacky Martin qualifies three to All American Futurity


Jls Mr Bigtime and jockey Jacky Martin were the biggest winners during Thursday’s marathon card of trials for the Grade 1, $2 million All American Quarter Horse Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. The two teamed up to set the fastest qualifying time for the Sept. 6 finale, which will go without the nation’s top-ranked 2-year-old, American Runaway, who was eliminated at the start of his trial and finished seventh.

The field for the All American is limited to the 10 fastest qualifiers, with 190 horses competing for those spots Thursday.

Jls Mr Bigtime ($5.20) was one of three horses Martin qualified to the All American, and one of seven winners he had on the 20-race card of trials. Jls Mr Bigtime was a $50,000 supplement, and he cruised by 1 1/2 lengths in the 13th race, covering 440 yards in 21.22 seconds. The win was particularly gratifying for Martin, who early in the horse’s training had gotten on Jls Mr Bigtime for Louisiana-based trainer Darrel Soileau.

“I told him in December that the horse had a lot of talent,” Martin said. “I teasingly told him last winter that he needed to take him to the All American. If he would win it, it would really be a storybook ending.”

Martin, 55, also qualified Cuz Iba Okey, whose time of 21.405 ranked second to Jls Mr Bigtime, and Prospect to the Top, the seventh-fastest qualifier with a time of 21.462. Martin is a seven-time winner of the All American who returned to race riding this meet after being away for four years.

All of the qualifiers Thursday came from the 12th race or later with the exception of Miss Racy Jess, who powered home by two lengths in the third trial. She won in 21.43, good for the fifth spot among the top 10. The other qualifiers, with times, were Dominyun (21.408), Make Me Fly (21.41), Episode of Fire (21.44), Dm Streakn Thru Fire (21.463), Jd Baccarat (21.467) and Mr Pilito (21.47).

American Runaway ran in the 18th trial and was cut off at the start when two rivals came over on him. He was the 7-2 favotite over the field in the inaugural All American Future Wager, which was held in mid-July. With his loss none of the 23 individual betting interests from the proposition will move on to the All American. The field closed at 4-1.