09/05/2005 11:00PM

Teller Cartel upsets All American Futurity

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Bill Pitt
Teller Cartel ($37.60) splashes to an upset victory over Arealstraitheart (inside) and Brindis Por Cayenne in the Grade 1, $1.9 million All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs on Monday.

Teller Cartel, the second-longest shot in a field of 10, scored the first win of his career in Monday's $1.9 million at Ruidoso Downs, N.M. The upset gave perennial leading Quarter Horse trainer Paul Jones his first win in the 440-yard classic.

Ridden by Cody Jensen, Teller Cartel ($37.60) won by a neck over 7-1 Arealstraitheart, finishing in 21.504 seconds on a muddy track. Brindis Por Cayenne, a 9-1 shot, finished third, a neck behind Arealstraitheart.

Make a Secret, the fastest qualifier and part of a favored entry at 6-5, finished fourth, 1 1-4 lengths behind Teller Cartel.

Teller Cartel was second behind Arealstraitheart for the first half of the race but closed ground in the final 100 yards and was pulling away at the finish. The victory was worth $1 million for a partnership, the Teller Cartel Syndicate, who purchased the colt for $87,000 as a yearling.

Teller Cartel was winless in his first four starts at Los Alamitos in California and Ruidoso Downs, which included a third in the time trials for the All American Futurity on Aug. 18. Teller Cartel was the ninth-fastest qualifier to the All American.

Jones, who has led Quarter Horse trainers in earnings annually since 2002, said Teller Cartel will race at Los Alamitos this fall.