08/12/2008 12:00AM

Two key rematches in trials


The seventh of 15 trials to the Grade 1, $2 million All American Futurity on Friday at Ruidoso is a rematch of Stolis Winner and PB and Crackers, the top two finishers from the Grade?1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity.

There is also a rematch in Friday’s five trials to the Grade 1, $1,024,682 All American Derby as last year’s All American Futurity winner Heartswideopen again will face that race’s runner-up SF Royal Bank in the fourth trial.

The 2-year-olds with the 10 fastest times in the 440-yard futurity trials qualify to race in the 50th running of the All American Futurity, Quarter Horse racing’s most important futurity, on Labor Day, Sept. 1.

Stolis Winner, one of 10 trial entrants from the barn of trainer Heath Taylor, won the Grade 1,

$1 million Heritage Place Futurity at odds of 25-1 on June 1 at Remington Park. Taylor then lightly trained the Stoli gelding up to the Rainbow Futurity trials, and he responded with a one-length win in his Ruidoso Downs debut.

In the Grade 1, $625,000 Rainbow Futurity, Stolis Winner held off a bid by PB and Crackers to win by a neck over 400 yards.

PB and Crackers scored his first career win in the Ruidoso Juvenile, then stepped up to Grade 1 company with his late-closing second in the Rainbow Futurity.

“He broke as well as he can [in the Rainbow Futurity],” jockey Freddie Martinez said. “He’ll like 440 yards.”

Taylor also sends out world-record-holder Fast Prize Zoom, a recent addition to his barn. For her previous trainer, Wes Giles, the filly broke world records at 300 yards in her first two career starts, including the West Texas Futurity. She then raced to victory with the fastest-qualifying time to the Rainbow Futurity, and finished fourth in the finals as the 2-5 favorite.

“Wes did a great job with her,” Taylor said. “We’re just learning about her, and she’s learning how we do things.”

Jess Significant makes her first start since winning the Grade 1, $500,000 Ruidoso Futurity on June?8. The Carl Draper-trained filly pulled out to a three-quarter-length victory in the 350-yard Ruidoso Futurity.

“She’s doing great, better than I thought she would be after the Ruidoso Futurity,” Draper said.

Draper passed on the Rainbow Futurity with Jess Significant. He did the same with 2007 Ruidoso Futurity winner Heartswideopen, and she went on to win the All American Futurity.

Jet Black Patriot and RK Temptress are the two $50,000 supplemental nominees to the All American Futurity trials.

Jet Black Patriot is undefeated in four starts, including two Louisiana-bred futurities. He comes off a 1 1/2-length win in the $512,300 Lee Berwick Futurity at Delta Downs.

RK Temptress could be the year’s bargain. She was claimed for $6,250 at Los Alamitos on May 30 out of a winning effort that was the first win of her current three-race winning streak. She won her only Ruidoso Downs start by 1 1/2 lengths.

In the All American Derby trials, Heartswideopen will be the strong favorite to gain her ninth straight win and 11th win from 12 starts.

The leading contender for world champion honors, Heartswideopen has four Grade 1 wins at Ruidoso Downs during her win streak.

If she wins the All American Derby, the Draper-trained filly would be the second All American Futurity winner to return to Ruidoso Downs at 3 and win the track’s three Grade 1 derbies. The only other horse to perform the feat was the Draper-trained DM Shicago in 2005. DM Shicago’s three derbies wins that year earned him the world championship.

SF Royal Bank was rested after his second-place finish, a neck behind Heartswideopen, in the All American Futurity. He came back this summer to win an allowance race against Strong Hope in his Rainbow Derby trial. He finished seventh in the Rainbow Derby behind Heartswideopen.

Strong Hope heads the fifth trial after second-place finishes behind Heartswideopen in the Ruidoso and Rainbow derbies. He was eighth to Heartswideopen in the All American Futurity.

Rainbow Futurity winner Wild Six makes her second 2008 start in the second trial.

A two-time Grade 1 winner, Wild Six came back after being bred this spring and won a Ruidoso Downs allowance race impressively. She produced five viable embryos this spring that have been transferred to recipient mares for 2008 foals.

Masters Call, a $485,000 yearling purchase, makes his Ruidoso Downs debut in the third trial. He has won 5 of 7 starts, highlighted by a win in the Los Alamitos Two Million Juvenile.

“We brought him for the trials because we think he’ll like 440 yards,” said trainer Paul Jones, adding that the purse and an invitation to the Champion of Champions also played into the decision to run.

The All American Derby winner receives an invitation to the Grade 1, $1 million Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos on Dec. 13.