Updated on 09/16/2011 8:02AM

Track record falls in All American trials


RUIDOSO, NM - A lightly-raced 2-year-old filly broke the longstanding Ruidoso Downs track record for the classic 440-yard Quarter Horse distance Thursday in one of many impressive performances during a day-long card of 23 trials to the Grade 1 $1,896,250 All American Futurity.

The filly Ab What A Runner was making her first start since May 26, and only the second start of her career, when she exploded from the gate under jockey Jay Conklin in the tenth trial and cruised to a 1 1/4-length victory over Silvered Eyes while posting the fastest qualifying time of 20.993 seconds.

Owned by Dennis and Kris Hill of Blackfoot, Idaho, Ab What A Runner's winning time broke the record of :21.02 held by Truckle Feature that had stood since 1973. Ab What A Runner earned a speed index of 108.

In her only previous start, Ab What A Runner put up a speed index of 109 while breaking her maiden at 330 yards by five lengths at Les Bois Park in Boise. Bret Vickery conditions the gray Arizona-bred filly by Royal Quick Dash.

The John Bassett-trained First To Flash posted the second-fastest time of :21.132 winning the day's eighth trial by 2 1/2 lengths over All American Juvenile (formerly All American Futurity Consolation) qualifier Snow Big Deal. Bassett, who won last year's All American with Ausual Suspect, feels that First To Flash may have a better race down the road.

"I think he's a great horse, he's one of the fastest horses I've ever trained. I truly don't think this horse has run the race that he can run, I think it's coming," Bassett said.

Bassett added that the chances of First To Flash compare favorably with those of his entry of Ausual Suspect and Treis Seis last year.

"I think this horse is as good or better. This All American looks like it's the toughest one I've been in since I've been here though."

Bassett will also saddle seventh-fastest qualifier First Place Queen in the All American final.

Eight-time All American Futurity winning trainer Jack Brooks will again bring a formidable runner to the final.

Brooks will saddle third-fastest qualifier Silvered Eyes, the game runnerup behind Ab What A Runner in the tenth trial with a time of :21.194. The Oklahoma-bred Mr Eye Opener gelding's time would have would have been good enough to win all but one other trial on the card.

Trial 18 winner Meteoric kept his undefeated record intact winning off in impressive fashion in a time of :21.262 to qualify sixth-fastest while winning his sixth consecutive race. Meteoric's owner, Dutch Masters III, supplemented the Idaho-bred Chick's Beduino gelding to the All American trials for a fee of $50,000. Meteoric was one of four supplemental entries and the only one to make the final.

The final for the 44th All American Futurity will be run on Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

Get free past performances for the All American Futurity final in DRF.com's section.

7:20.993Ab What A RunnerJay ConklinBret N Vickery
2:21.132First To FlashJose Badilla, JrJohn Bassett
1:21.194Silvered EyesJacky MartinJack W Brooks
9:21.205Special Red WarriorJuan VazquezJose Garza
4:21.209Flys R StreakinSam ThompsonLin Melton
1:21.262MeteoricClark JonesLin Melton
2:21.316First Place QueenJose Badilla, JrJohn Bassett
1:21.323AndthebeatgoesonRoy BaldillezC. Dwayne Gilbreath
10:21.336The Down SideRoy BaldillezC. Dwayne Gilbreath
2:21.418Eye Opening EpisodeJuan VasquezJose Dominguez