08/21/2015 9:37AM

Thoroughbred pedigrees represented in 2015 All American Futurity trials


The $3-million All American Futurity is Quarter Horse racing’s richest event, but the purse could be seized by a horse with Thoroughbred bloodlines.

A total of 10 juveniles with a Thoroughbred sire or dam will be among the 325 horses in 34 trials over Friday and Saturday at Ruidoso Downs vying for one of 10 spots in the gate for the lucrative final, which will be held Sept. 7.

The American Quarter Horse Association has a special registry and numbering system for Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred crosses, referring to them as “Appendix” horses. Appendix horses are allowed to compete in all AQHA competitions, including racing, with certain breeding restrictions to maintain eligibility.

Breeding on a Thoroughbred cross is a fairly uncommon occurrence in the modern Quarter Horse racing industry, but the breeds have a history of intertwining, from AQHA Hall of Famer Three Bars in the middle of the last century to 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick, who is the grandsire of several runners in the All American Futurity trials. Thoroughbred bloodlines can be used to provide added stamina to the sprinting breed.

Following are the 10 entries in the All American Futurity trials with a direct Thoroughbred parent, listed by race number and post position.

Friday, Aug. 21

Race 4 - Straight From Texas
(Blk. g., Fantastic Corona Jr—Too Tempting, by Orientate)
Bred in Texas by J Bar 7 Ranch, the gelding is the first foal out of the unraced Orientate mare Too Tempting and comes from the family of Grade 2-placed stakes winner Kitty Knight, stakes winners Crafty Toast and Wild Jacob, and Grade 3-placed Juventus. Straight From Texas earned a runner-up finish in his second of three career starts. He is owned and trained by Robert Williams Jr.

Race 9 - Jm Carter
(B. c., Carters Cartel—Msty Aly, by Benchmark)
A runner-up in both of his career starts, Jm Carter is out of the Benchmark mare Msty Aly, who won five of 22 career starts racing in Southern California. All five wins came at six furlongs or less. Jm Carter is the second foal out of Msty Aly, who has been bred exclusively to Quarter Horse stallions. Bred in California by John Firth, the colt is from the family of Grade 3 winner Here’s to You. Paul Jones trains Jm Carter for J & M Racing and Farm.

Race 15 - Ima Dashing Gator
(Ch. f., Tempting Dash—Sweet N Salty, by Salt Lake)
Ima Dashing Gator, a winner in two of her three starts, is out of the winning Salt Lake mare Sweet N Salty, who has two winners from four foals to race, all by Quarter Horse stallions. The Michigan-bred Sweet N Salty competed against both Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses during her on-track career, winning an 870-yard race in mixed company at Los Alamitos, and later winning a 4 ½-furlong race against Thoroughbreds at the same track. Bred in Florida by J L Gladwell III, Ima Dashing Gator is from the family of Chilean Group 2 winners Cortinero and Watchin, and Group 3 winner New Bride. John Buchanan trains the filly for Bobby Cox.

Race 17 – Prospect Shadow
(B. f., Prospect to the Top—Abo Shadow, by Not Tricky)
Homebred in Texas by Carlos Levario and trained by Mario Sanchez, Prospect Shadow is the first foal out of the Not Tricky mare Abo Shadow, who broke her maiden at 5 ½ furlongs at Zia Park. Stakes winners Bold Answer and G’day Mate are in the family of this filly, who finished third in her lone career start.

Saturday, Aug. 22

Race 4 - Silver Citizen
(Sor. g., Silver City—Red Alarm, by Special Effort)
The only entry in the All American Futurity trials sired by a Thoroughbred, Silver Citizen is by the Grade 3-placed stakes-winner Silver City. The 9-year-old son of Unbridled’s Song stands at Clarence Scharbauer’s Valor Farm in Texas, and gained national attention with the fast start of his small first crop, including Grade 3 winner Promise Me Silver and Grade 2-placed Silverhill. He has two registered Quarter Horse foals, with one to race. The Scharbauer family also owns and bred Silver Citizen, who ran third in his debut start for trainer Dwayne Gilbreath. Silver Citizen is out of the unraced Quarter Horse mare Red Alarm, by Special Effort.

Race 6 - Seattle Slew Dash
(Ch. c., First Down Dash—Caper Slew, by Town Caper)
Homebred in California by Sigifredo Sanchez, the unplaced Seattle Slew Dash is out of the Town Caper mare Caper Slew, who has had two Quarter Horse foals. Caper Slew raced exclusively at Los Alamitos, winning three of 14 starts, all at 4 ½ furlongs. The colt is from the family of Grade 2 winner Sea of Secrets, and Grade 3 winners Love That Jazz, Fight for Love, and Dancing Jon. He is trained by John Buchanan.

Race 9 - Ocean Smoke
(Gr. g., Ocean Runaway—Smokin, by Smoke Glacken)
Ocean Smoke was the final U.S. foal out of the winning Smoke Glacken mare Smokin before she was sent to the Philippines. Smokin’s first foal was the Chapel Royal filly Kuemdong Seungni, who was a winner in Korea. She was then mated exclusively with Quarter Horses, producing three foals, including Grade 3 winner Smoke on the Water. Smokin raced primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region, breaking her maiden in a 4 ½ furlong sprint at Charles Town. Bred in Kentucky by Robert Gentry, Ocean Smoke is from the family of Belmont Stakes winner Commendable. Tony Sedillo trains the gelding for Diamond P Ranch and IRR Trust.

Race 14 - Jess a Saint
(Br. c., Jess Louisiana Blue—Laughing Saint, by Vindication)
The winning colt is the first foal out of the unraced Vindication mare Laughing Saint. After producing Jess a Saint, Laughing Saint was sent to Thoroughbred stallions Songandaprayer and Musket Man for her next two matings. Bred in Louisiana by J E and Bunny Jumonville, Jess a Saint’s female family includes champion Chilukki, Grade 2 winner Doulab, and Puerto Rican champion Chiqui’s Love. Wesley Giles trains the colt for Julio Rios.

Race 15 - Octonaut
(Sor. g., First Down Dash—Trick and Fun, by Tricky Fun)
Entering the trials off a second-place effort, Octonaut is out of the stakes-placed Tricky Fun mare Trick and Fun, whose 12 foals are all Quarter Horse crosses, including eight winners from five starters, two stakes winners, and a Grade 1 finalist. Trick and Fun was a debut winner at age two, taking a five-furlong maiden special weight at Remington Park, then followed with a runner-up effort in the 5 ½-furlong Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington to highlight her racing career. Bred in California by A Regal Choice Inc., Octonaut’s extended family includes Grade 3-placed stakes winner Owned By All, and stakes winners Proud Owner, Owned By Us, How About Becky, Ironton, and Held Accountable. Octonaut is trained by Mario Loza for Down River Ranch and Erik Flores.

Race 17 - Mahallo Moonflash
(Br. c., First Moonflash—Pocketfullachime, by Chimes Band)
Bred in New Mexico by Pierre and Leslie Amestoy, the Mahallo Moonflash is the second foal out of the stakes-winning Chimes Band mare Pocketfullachime. The mare won four of 23 starts in the Southwest, including the Rio Grande Senorita Futurity at Ruidoso, and all of her victories came between five and six furlongs. After producing two Quarter Horse foals, Pocketfullachime was bred to Thoroughbred stallion Indian Firewater for the 2015 foaling season and produced a filly. Mahallo Moonflash is owned by Pablo Carrasco and trained by Juventino Ruiz. He is from the family of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Dusty Heart, stakes winners Pocketfullapozzies and Bethreefullpockets, and Grade 3-placed Win Dusty Win.