08/19/2003 11:00PM

Jones fully loaded for All American Futurity


Trainer Paul Jones has 10 days until Labor Day to dream about the $2 million All American Futurity, the race he says is "every trainer's dream."

The Los Alamitos-based Jones, the defending national champion trainer, opened a stable at Ruidoso Downs this summer with a well-bred group of promising juveniles. All he has done is win the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity with Planet Holland and qualify three horses - including Planet Holland - for the All American Futurity.

Trainer Jack Brooks, winner of a record eight All American Futurities, says that you need more than one bullet to kill the bear on the mountain.

Brooks has one bullet in this year's race, Fast Movin Snow, a qualifier in 21.404 seconds for 440 yards.

Jones will saddle fastest-qualifier Latest Version, Rainbow Futurity winner Planet Holland, and fifth-fastest qualifier Rubys JP. On Aug. 14, 176 2-year-olds competed in 18 trials for 10 spots in the finals.

Latest Version topped the qualifiers with a 21.27-second win for the 440 yards.

Planet Holland was a close second in his trial to American Airlines New Mexico Challenge winner Dashin Kirk, the sole $50,000 supplemental nominee to make the finals. Dashin Kirk raced to a 21.354-second win, and Planet Holland earned a 21.382-second time.

Rubys JP, a finalist in the New Mexico Challenge, won his trial in 21.375 seconds.

The other qualifiers running for the $1 million first-place check are By By JJ (21.287), I Aint Jo Chick (21.294), Sixes Royal (21.401), Dash of Perry (21.409), and Anacacho (21.416).