09/03/2012 7:35PM

Ruidoso: All American Futurity showcases One Dashing Eagle's talent

One Dashing Eagle scores by three-quarters of a length in the $2.4 million All American Futurity.

One Dashing Eagle regained his status as the nation’s top-ranked 2-year-old Quarter Horse on Monday, when he rolled to a three-quarter length win over Sudden Thoughts in the Grade 1, $2.4 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs. Pj Chick in Black, who had supplanted One Dashing Eagle off a stellar trial effort, finished a troubled sixth as the 3-5 favorite. 

The All American is the richest race offered for Quarter Horses, and it closed out the meet at Ruidoso. The New Mexico track on Monday drew a record crowd of 24,106.

One Dashing Eagle ($14.60) was prominent throughout, dueling with Just Wanna Corona and Sudden Thoughts before separating himself from his rivals nearing the wire. He covered 440 yards on a track rated fast in 21.23 seconds. One Dashing Eagle, who was ridden by Ramon Sanchez, races for Jose and Gustavo De La Torre and San Gregorio Racing Stable.

“He was super impressive,” Jose De La Torre, who also trains the horse, said on the TVG broadcast of the All American. “He’s been great…great to our family. We’ve just been blessed.”

One Dashing Eagle had won the $1 million Ed Burke Memorial Futurity at Los Alamitos earlier this year and was the top-ranked 2-year-old heading into trials for the All American on Aug. 16. He won his heat with the sixth-fastest qualifying time, but when Pj Chick in Black powered to a 5 ¾- length win in hers, the performance moved her to the top of the charts.

In the finale, however, Pj Chick in Black did not break sharply, bumped with a rival, and was shuffled back shortly into the race. It was her first loss in six starts. 

One Dashing Eagle earned $1.2 million for his win in the All American. He is a son of One Famous Eagle and was bred in Arizona by Allred Bros.

Aha Moment finished third in the All American, three-quarters of a length behind Sudden Thoughts.