09/01/2006 11:00PM

'Okey Dokey' eyes big one


RUIDOSO, N.M. - The undefeated two-time Grade 1 winner Okey Dokey Fantasy puts his 8-for-8 record on the line when he faces a deep field in the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity at 440 yards on Monday afternoon, closing day of the summer season at Ruidoso Downs.

The 10 qualifiers to Quarter Horse racing's richest race include seven juveniles who have won or placed in Grade 1 futurities, and another finalist, My First Passion, who won the Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity.

Okey Dokey Fantasy has been a dominant 2-year-old since his March victory in the Grade 2, $265,680 Longhorn Futurity at Manor Downs. The colt then won the Grade 1, $336,520 Manor Downs Futurity and finished in a dead heat for the win in the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity.

In the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity, Saint Shackleton caught the front-running Okey Dokey Fantasy in the final stride, casting doubt on Okey Dokey Fantasy's ability to handle longer distances.

In the 400-yard trials to the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity, Okey Dokey Fantasy won by a neck, but his time was not fast enough to qualify for the finals. With Okey Dokey Fantasy not running in the Rainbow Futurity, trainer John Boegner had an additional two weeks to prepare the colt for the All American Futurity trials. When asked going into the All American trials how not qualifying for the Rainbow Futurity could affect Okey Dokey Fantasy, Boegner responded, "It couldn't hurt."

After being supplemented for $50,000 to the All American Futurity trials, Okey Dokey Fantasy showed he excels at 440 yards with a 1 1/4-length trial win in 21.312 seconds, the 10th-fastest qualifying time.

"I thought he ran his best race in the All American trials," said Boegner. "It's hard to say he's improving, but I think he is.

"I just want that ninth [straight] win. That's all I want."

Okey Dokey Fantasy must defeat a stakes-tested field to win the All American Futurity.

Fastest-qualifier No Secrets Here could give trainer Paul Jones and jockey Cody Jensen their second straight All American Futurity win. They combined last year to win with Teller Cartel.

No Secrets Here finished a late-running third in the Grade 1 Ed Burke Million at Los Alamitos and then shipped to Ruidoso Downs for the All American Futurity trials. He was bumped at the start of his trial but rallied to win by one length with a 21.044-second time, the fastest from 17 trials.

There are two dangerous New Mexico-breds in the All American Futurity, the second- and third-fastest qualifiers Gun Battle and Mightys First Call.

Gun Battle will be one of the favorites after winning his trial by more than five lengths in 21.107 seconds. Gun Battle came into the All American trials off a win over Mightys First Call in the $356,410 Zia Futurity for statebreds.

Mightys First Call came off that second-place effort in the Zia Futurity to run second to No Secrets Here in their All American trial.

"She has raced against some tough horses, but it has worked out well," said trainer Blane Wood.

Trainer Jack Brooks will be trying for a record-extending ninth All American Futurity win with Separate Bet. Winless in his first three starts, Separate Bet won the Rainbow Juvenile by a half-length and his All American trial by 3 1/4 lengths in 21.221, the fifth-fastest qualifying time.

"We gelded him and he is a completely different horse," said Brooks. "He was so studdy it was embarrassing, but he has had a couple of big races now."